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Learn how you can join the team at AFSP by reviewing positions currently available.

Director, Healthcare Systems Initiative

Position Summary

The Director for Project 2025’s Healthcare Systems Initiative will influence healthcare systems nationwide to initiate and sustain the comprehensive implementation of suicide prevention best practices in primary care, mental health care, and emergency departments, and for care coordination and care transitions. These practices include enhanced screening and risk assessment, safety planning, lethal means safety counseling, evidence-based mental health care, caring/follow up communications, and warm handoffs in care transitions (e.g., between inpatient and outpatient mental health care, between primary and outpatient mental health care, ED and outpatient care, between emergent and outpatient mental health care, and care across multiple healthcare systems).

Responsibilities

  • Identify, build, and sustain partnerships that serve strategic goals for the Healthcare Systems Initiative and develop and implement tactics to meet the outcomes of the initiative
  • Establish and lead working coalition among national suicide prevention stakeholders in healthcare, including academic/medical associations, accrediting bodies and advocacy groups, to actively champion specific P2025 outcomes
  • Implement enhanced upstream and downstream requirements by national accrediting and oversight bodies for suicide prevention care (Joint Commission, CARF, etc.). e.g., expanded screening/identification requirements, Safety Planning Intervention in ED, or expanded availability of evidenced based mental health care for those at elevated risk
  • Establish reimbursable suicide prevention best practices in primary care, mental health, and/or emergency departments
  • Oversee completion of training in one or more suicide prevention best practices for 100K health care providers nationally
  • Together with AFSP national teams and the Chapter Engagement manager, create project implementation plans, track project milestones and resolve threats to project success
  • Collaborate with AFSP’s Impact Measurement team to establish evaluation plans and data management systems for each project
  • Establish ongoing awareness of research findings for suicide prevention best practices in healthcare systems and continuous exploration of translating those findings into practice
  • Serve as an organization spokesperson related to Project 2025’s Healthcare Systems Initiative goals and priorities
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by senior leadership in support of Project 2025 strategic objectives

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Business, or relevant social or behavioral science
  • 5+ years of experience in health care systems and/or policy is preferred
  • Ability to identify national healthcare stakeholders, including researchers, executives, policy advocates, etc.
  • Skills to proactively seek out and build functioning coalitions with diverse set of stakeholders, and effectively advocate with partners around specific asks
  • Ability to think creatively with partners in identifying tactics to achieve strategic goals
  • Ability to speak knowledgably and persuasively with national level stakeholders/executives in healthcare and emergency department communities
  • Expert level project management skills: for complex national projects, ability to set interim milestones, map out timelines, track progress, early identification and active resolution of barriers
  • Knowledge of national level multi-site health care program evaluation
  • Proven track record of accountability and meeting or surpassing outcomes
  • Knowledge of basic science of suicide prevention and mental health (community and clinical approaches)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a diverse set of colleagues
  • Excellent skills in written and verbal communications

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter including a compelling reason why you should be considered for this role to hresources@afsp.org. Write “DirectorP2025” in the subject line.

Senior Manager, Correctional Systems Initiative

Position Summary

The Senior Manager for Project 2025’s Correctional Systems Initiative will enhance suicide prevention care for people during legal involvement, including initial contact with law enforcement (crisis response), availability of mental health courts, incarceration at federal, state and county levels, and in the community (probation and parole). The Senior Manager will influence the legal and correctional systems nationwide to initiate and sustain the comprehensive implementation of suicide prevention interventions.

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with Project 2025 team, other AFSP national leadership and Project 2025 stakeholders, identify specific, actionable suicide prevention goals in correctional systems
  • Establish and lead a working group of national experts in legal and correctional systems, including academic/medical associations, researchers, accrediting bodies and advocacy groups
  • Cultivate and expand strategic partnerships and tactics to advance each identified goal, including close collaboration with AFSP’s national advocacy team and chapter advocacy network
  • Identify, build and sustain partnerships that serve strategic goals for the Correctional Systems Initiative
  • Together with AFSP national teams and the Chapter Engagement manager, create project implementation plans, track project milestones and resolve threats to project success
  • Develop implementation plans for each identified goal including target outcomes and fully manage projects to meeting those outcomes
  • Collaborate with the Impact Measurement team to establish evaluation plans and data management systems for each project
  • Serve as an organization spokesperson related to Project 2025’s Correctional Systems Initiative goals and priorities
  • Ongoing awareness of research findings for suicide prevention best practices in correctional systems and continuous exploration of translating those findings into practice
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by senior leadership in support of Project 2025 strategic objectives

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Business, or relevant social or behavioral science, with 3+ years of experience in correctional systems and/or policy is preferred
  • Ability to identify national correctional stakeholders, including researchers, executives, policy advocates, etc. in support of strategic outcomes
  • Skills to proactively seek out and build functioning coalitions with diverse set of stakeholders, and effectively advocate with partners around specific asks
  • Ability to think creatively with partners in identifying tactics to achieve Project 2025 goals
  • Ability to speak knowledgably and persuasively with national level stakeholders/executives in legal and correctional communities
  • Expert level project management skills: for complex national projects, ability to set interim milestones, map out timelines, track progress, early identification and active resolution of barriers
  • Knowledge of national level multi-site program evaluation
  • Proven track record of accountability and meeting or surpassing outcomes
  • Knowledge of basic science of suicide prevention and mental health (community and clinical approaches)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a diverse set of colleagues
  • Excellent skills in written and verbal communications

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter including a compelling reason why you should be considered for this role to hresources@afsp.org. Write “Senior Manager” in the subject line of the email.

Public Policy Internships

Our selection process for the Spring 2021 term has concluded. We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2021 term. The deadline to apply for the Summer 2021 internship is February 26, 2021. Please note that in order to be eligible, applicants must be associated with an undergraduate or graduate-level internship program. The Summer 2021 Public Policy internship will be conducted remotely.

Position Summary

Public Policy Associates will assist the AFSP Public Policy Office in carrying out the organization's public policy priorities and legislative agenda, and in maintaining and enhancing AFSP’s advocacy presence in Washington, D.C. and at the state and local levels of government. Associates must be available to work 20 hours per week. Click here for bios of previous Associates.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in research, tracking, analysis, evaluation, and communication of relevant federal and state policy issues, legislation and regulations
  • Track Congressional hearing activity for assigned Committees, attend relevant hearings, and prepare summary reports for sharing with AFSP’s grassroots and grasstops advocacy networks
  • Assist with the development and execution of public policy events, including the annual Advocacy Forum (summer semester), State Capitol Days (spring semester), and Congressional briefings
  • Support AFSP staff in regard to federal, state, and local policy development, communications, and administrative duties as assigned
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by Public Policy Office staff

Qualifications

  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge in computer programs, including excel
  • Ability to work under pressure and think quickly on your feet
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Experience/interest in engaging and motivating a large group of volunteers a plus
  • Familiarity with and interest in healthcare issues a plus

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, college or university transcript, 1-2 letters of recommendation, and a writing sample between 500 – 1,000 words to advocacy@afsp.org.

Summer 2021 Communications Illustration and Design Intern

Position Summary

Our internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in the design side of communications and marketing. The program is designed to expose students to the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with real-world design and graphic work.

Assignments may vary, but generally include updating and altering established templates for ads, billboards and brochures, creating new illustration or design ideas for print ads, merchandise and social media graphics, and maintaining brand style standards for our national office and chapter network. Students will also attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning. Original design opportunities also exist for highly qualified candidates.

The program offers a PAID internship to students, which runs from August to December, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. This position is located in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Residents of the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Available to work a 20- to 30-hour work week in NYC office (Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Qualifications

  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite products (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) – proficiency a plus but not required
  • A portfolio of work displaying competence in illustration and design skills
  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, portfolio link and resume to hmartin@afsp.org with Communications Illustration and Design Intern in the subject line. Applications without a portfolio will not be considered.

Summer 2021 Communications Social Media Intern

Position Summary

Our social media internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in social media and communications. The program is designed to expose students to the not-for-profit sector and to provide them with a rich learning and development experience.

We are looking for someone with strong interest in social media, community engagement, and a passion to make a difference. Assignments may vary, but generally include assisting with social media, public relations, and our blog. Students will also attend weekly team meetings and brainstorms and have the opportunity to learn about the communications field, build networking skills and discuss career planning.

The program offers a PAID internship to students, which runs from August to December, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. This position is located in New York City.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Residents of the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut)
  • Available to work a 15- to 20-hour work week (Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, communications and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge in social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitch etc.
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in communications and marketing via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to vlukacs@afsp.org with Social Media Intern in the subject line. Applications without a personalized cover letter will not be considered.

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