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The Healing and Justice Center
April 24, 2024
Miami, Florida
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The salary for this position will be in the range of 80,000 to 90,000  with room to negotiate with the larger coalition and an extremely competitive benefits package and generous personnel policies, including medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement packages, unlimited paid time off and professional development stipend. 


The Healing and Justice Center is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as our Director. 

About the Healing and Justice Center
The Healing and Justice Center is a community-based public safety program working to stop violence without incarceration,  divert people from the criminal legal system and increase access to trauma-informed, culturally-competent mental health care. 

The Healing and Justice Center is a partnership between Dream Defenders, the Circle of Brotherhood, Dade County Street Response and Touching Miami with Love. Our services include: a mobile crisis unit, a trauma recovery center, conflict mediation, youth programming and violence intervention.

The Director is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision, operational management, and impact of the coalition and the wraparound services we provide across our organizations. We are looking for a passionate and experienced leader, committed to ending gun violence and mass incarceration and building community power.  The Director will work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, including the executive directors of the partner organizations, program staff, elected officials, researchers, community leaders and funders to demonstrate the impact and expand support for our model of community-based public safety in Miami Dade County and across the country. 

The Director is housed in the Dream Defenders to lead the coalition’s strategy, programs and day-to-day operations. The Director will interface with Dream Defenders staff and staff and leadership of the coalition organizations. 

Key Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership and Strategy: 

  • Provide leadership to advance the coalition's mission and goals. 
  • Work with the Coalition Executive Directors and program leadership to develop and implement strategic plans to prevent, intervene and reduce violence
  • Oversee day-to-day operations and ensure effective implementation of programs and services.
  • Foster a collaborative environment across organizations and program staff to meet shared goals 

Program Development and Implementation:

  • Collaborate with staff to develop and implement effective, research-based models and programs for community violence intervention 
  • Ensure that services provided align with the organization's mission and goals.
  • Monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and make necessary adjustments.
  • Manage and support a team of staff, ensuring a cohesive, collaborative, motivational and supportive environment 
  • Oversee systems for monitoring program outcomes and impact. Use data-driven insights to continually assess and improve the effectiveness of program model. 

Community Engagement and Partnership :

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with community members, elected officials, government agencies, partner organizations, funders and other key stakeholders
  • Represent the coalition in community forums, meetings, and other events 

Fundraising and Financial Management:

  • Work with Executive Directors to develop and implement fundraising strategy to secure funding for the coalition's initiatives
  • Manage the organization's budget and financial resources efficiently
  • Seek grant opportunities and partnerships to sustain and expand services

Advocacy and Public Relations:

  • Advocate for policies and practices that address the root causes of violence and advance a de-carceral, community-based approach to public safety
  • Raise awareness and build support for community-based public safety and the HJC model among the general public, local, state and federal government and the media. 
  • Serve as a primary spokesperson for the organization 


  • Proven leadership experience in a community-based organization
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders, including community members, partners, and funders.
  • Extensive clinical experience working in the Black community and knowledge of culturally-specific and culturally-affirming practices.
  • Lived experience with intra-community violence.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based approaches to addressing violence and trauma 
  • Collaborative and team-oriented.
  • Demonstrates strong problem-solving, communication, and leadership skills. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and meticulous attention to detail. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management abilities.

SALARY: The salary for this position will be in the range of 80,000 to 90,000  with room to negotiate with the larger coalition and an extremely competitive benefits package and generous personnel policies, including medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement packages, unlimited paid time off and professional development stipend. 


Location: Miami, FL

For more information: 


Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]


About Dream Defenders: Dream Defenders is a National Black Freedom Organization fight for safety and a good life for all. Our membership is made up of diverse youth, young adults and students. Long Term we fight to end our generation’s support for capitalism, project an alternative vision of society, and affirm that interdependence and redistribution of wealth is the solution to poverty and racism, through organizing hundreds of thousands of young Black people into a national movement organization fighting to govern.


"Dream Defenders”, a project of Tides Advocacy, a 501c4, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in  the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application."


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