The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) within
the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at CU Boulder invites
applicants for a Professional Research Assistant – Lead Peer
Navigator for the Youth Violence Prevention Center- Denver (YVPC-D)
Project. The YVPC-D project is grant funded by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (2021-2026). This project focuses on
partnering with community organizations and community youth to
implement and rigorously evaluate strategies aimed at reducing
violence among 10-24 year olds in northeast Denver.
Peer Navigators work to engage young people identified for risk of
involvement in violence and connect them to community resources
that may intervene and prevent the violence from occurring.
Community support and resources may include existing wraparound
support and violence interruption programs supported by Denver’s
Office of Community Violence Solutions, as well as established
youth-serving community organizations providing athletics, life
skills, career development, or other programming. Peer Navigators
will be trained in best practices in strength-based family
development and will also assist in connecting with young people on
digital and social media to monitor for conflicts that may escalate
into physical violence. Peer Navigators will ideally have expertise
and experience in working with young people, may identify as a
young person, and may undertake the position as part of an
established internship program with local institutions of higher
education for school credit. Ideal candidates will also have
experience and familiarity with issues facing young people in
The project will hire a half-time (20 hours/week) Lead Peer
Navigator to pilot the Peer Navigator position, and train and
orient Peer Navigator interns. As the position evolves and job
duties increase, there may be an opportunity to increase hours if
The position will be based in northeast Denver and will report to
the Project Director.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
For over 30 years, the Center for the Study and Prevention of
Violence (CSPV) has partnered with community members,
practitioners, and policymakers to bridge the gap between research
and practice on violence prevention in schools and communities. At
CSPV, we believe systemic racism and other forms of oppression are
a pervasive form of violence, which limit the opportunity to
achieve human potential.
To address systemic racism, we are committed to:
- Engaging in authentic collaboration with community partners by
using research methods and violence prevention strategies that
advance both community and individual agency.
- Building an inclusive and equitable organizational
- Hiring staff from underrepresented groups (read our official
statement here ).
CSPV is located within the Institute of Behavioral Science at the
University of Colorado Boulder. https://cspv.colorado.edu/
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- As a Lead Peer Navigator, assist with recruitment, selection,
training and onboarding of other Peer Navigators.
- As a Lead Peer Navigator, arrange training opportunities for
Peer Navigators and assist with the creation of the format and
structure of the position.
- As a Lead Peer Navigator, pilot and provide feedback on the
Peer Navigator position.
- As a Peer Navigator, receive referrals from community partners
and the general public. Referrals will be for youth at-risk for
involvement in violence. Follow up on referrals and engage referred
youth to connect them to applicable and relevant community
- Monitor social media platforms to identify youth engaging in
conflict that could escalate into violence, as well as for warning
signs of impending violence, and engage youth as described
- Connect with local community organizations to develop inventory
of available resources for referred youth and to build
relationships key staff at each organization.
- Participate in ongoing training and coaching to continue to
increase skills and knowledge.
What We Can Offer
- Continued funding for this position after 2026 would be
dependent on additional grant funds from the CDC, or may come from
research projects from other funding sources.
- Some local travel required.
- Job site is in northeast Denver, with occasional meetings at
the CU Boulder campus. Virtual attendance at some of the meetings
in Boulder may also be arranged.
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to
comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine
requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
Salary: $20,800 at 50% time.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Passion for assisting young people displaying troubling
behavior and making negative choices.
- Interest in a potential career path in social work, counseling,
youth career exploration, or related field.
- Demonstrated understanding of the life experience of young
people (age 10-24) growing up in Denver.
- A Bachelors degree.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Demonstrated ability to identify problems, develop solutions
and take the lead in solving problems.
- Must be self-directed, as well as a team player.
- Must have excellent organizational and multi-tasking
- Working knowledge of Word, Excel and ability to work with
on-line versions of similar software products, such as Google Docs
and Google Sheets.
- Flexibility and adaptability for a changing environment and
scope of work.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to
the mission of CSPV.
- Familiarity with local community resources.
- Understanding/working knowledge of youth-serving systems and
- Familiarity with and ability to use different social media
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position (maximum 2 pages).
During the application process, you will be asked to provide
contact information for one confidential letter of recommendation
provider. We will request the letter immediately following your
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified
by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an
approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the
United States, please submit a translated version as an optional
the finalists have been identified.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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