Supporting Safe Communities and Safe Lives

The Safe and Thriving Communities Division is a new division that consolidates HSD's safety investments. The division was created in response to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and ensuing community advocacy efforts that urged the City to focus on BIPOC communities and shift safety investments into community-based organizations. The division will respond to community requests for the City of Seattle to reduce funding to the Seattle Police Department and reinvest in community building efforts using nearly $22 million in annual investments.

Community Forums

HSD hosted forums in November to engage community on the leadership and structure of the division:

Hiring a Division Director

HSD is seeking a compassionate, innovative and experienced leader to serve as the first director of this new Safe and Thriving Communities Division.

An ideal candidate is a servant leader who actively listens to understand and puts the community's interests first; is unafraid to focus on Black lives; and believes that communities should determine how they are best served. Along with the Crime Survivor Services Unit, the division will also be the new home for the Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and existing community safety investments in the department. The Division Director will be responsible for working with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for capacity building efforts to invest over $10 million in community-based providers working to end violence and increase safety in BIPOC communities.

The Division Director will be responsible for continuously reimagining how the division operates to provide effective service in a changing environment while centering BIPOC communities. An ideal candidate is a servant leader who actively listens to understand and puts the community's interests first; is unafraid to focus on Black lives; and believes that communities should determine how they are best served. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

Learn more about this incredible opportunity in the online job description.

Please continue to monitor this page for updates and next steps.

Crime Survivor Services

As part of the reimagining, the Crime Survivor Services (CSS) Unit – comprised of the Crime Victim Advocates and Victim Support Team programs – was integrated into HSD from the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

CSS supports individuals who experience a broad range of violent assaults, some of which include domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and hate crimes. The unit also supports family members of homicide victims. Community-based agencies work closely with the unit keeping them current on resources available to survivors; increasing opportunities for partnership; and enhancing collaboration between system and community-based advocates. This work is centered on survivor agency, dignity, and safety as well as ensuring trauma-informed care through a race and social justice lens.

Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The HSD Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (MODVSA) serves as a funder, a community partner, a convener, and a thought leader. As a funder, the office invests more than $9 million annually in efforts to prevent, intervene, coordinate, and hold offenders accountable. Investment and Contracts staff plan investments and fund nonprofit agencies to provide community-based advocacy services. Our key partners include over 35 nonprofits, public agencies, hospitals, coalitions, and universities. Annually, our contracted partners provide services to more than 10,000 survivors and their families.