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

Public Relations Manager (PR Manager)

Position Summary

The PR Manager will support the organization’s public relations program which would include fielding incoming media inquiries, scheduling briefings with AFSP spokespeople and responding to media requests that come to AFSP directly. This position will work closely with contracted PR firm to respond to media requests, support media briefings and monthly media campaigns to inform the general public on mental health and suicide prevention. 

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the first point of contact for incoming media relations at national level with support from PR firm
  • Work with PR firm to execute monthly media plan based on organization’s strategic goals and objectives
  • Write and edit the daily news clips; weekly round-up of clips; track and maintain AFSP journalist relationships
  • Prepare media briefing documents and first draft news releases, and support PR firm and content experts to write op-eds, bylined articles and key messaging and talking points
  • Provide media interview debriefs, maintain media lists, archive news releases, talking points and relevant research findings
  • Provide media and public relations counsel to Chapters; share and track guidance documents for the organization
  • Monitor, track and report results of the PR program
  • All other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-5 years’ experience in PR role; some knowledge of mental health space
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and communications kills
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, service-oriented atmosphere under pressure and critical deadlines
  • Be a creative thinker with communications experience
  • Some experience developing and delivering PR campaigns at a national level
  • Understanding of media database tools and PR Newswire 

Salary and Benefits

  • 22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
  • Flexible Summer Fridays

How to Apply

Submit cover letter, with a compelling reason why you should be considered for this position and resume to hrcomms@afsp.org. Include salary requirements. Write “PRManager” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Development Internship

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP’s Development Internship is a multi-faceted opportunity to work in a fast-paced, supportive environment while furthering AFSP’s critical mission.

Position Summary

The program offers an UNPAID internship to students, which runs from January to April, and must be tied to a college-level internship program. The successful intern will receive a monthly stipend for food and other personal expenses.

Reports to: Senior Director, Individual Giving

The Development Intern will work closely with the Senior Director, Individual Giving and the Individual Giving Associate in piloting a new fundraising campaign to grow revenue on Facebook. Internship provides the opportunity to gain experience in driving revenue and properly stewarding supporters of the organization’s mission. Internship is a remote position and will require a minimum of 20 hours a week.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee engagement and stewardship of donors and participants in Facebook fundraising campaign
  • Manage data in third-party Facebook management system
  • Regularly report on fundraising campaign progress
  • Provide customer service to Facebook fundraising campaign participants
  • Draft and proofread professional correspondence

Qualifications

  • Pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing functionalities of social media (particularly Facebook), Microsoft Office (Word/Excel) applications, and email
  • Dependable, reliable, honest & trustworthy
  • Self-motivated, flexible team player with a positive attitude, demonstrate ability to multi-task and the ability to meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities
  • Comfortable interacting with individuals through social media, on the phone or via email.
  • Exceptional phone etiquette
  • Research, writing, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Demonstrate commitment to non-profit work
  • Must be 18 years or older and authorized to work in the United States

How to Apply

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

Manager, Federal Policy (Located in DC area)

Position Summary

The Manager of Federal Policy (MFP) will work closely with AFSP’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and serve as a key link between AFSP’s leadership and the federal government. The MFP will assist in managing the organization's Federal public policy priorities and legislative agenda, and in maintaining and enhancing AFSP’s advocacy presence in Washington, DC.

 Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of long and short term national public policy and legislative goals as approved by AFSP’s Public Policy Council and National Board of Directors and objectives in conjunction with the SVP
  • Manage the preparation, research, writing and editing of federal level issue and concept "white" papers and other relevant materials for internal and external audiences
  • Manage, establish, maintain and leverage relationships with Congressional Members and staff; relevant key Administration officials and other “Washington Insiders” and thought leaders
  • Work with a variety of elected officials, their staff, and public policy stakeholders outside of AFSP, regardless of their political affiliation
  • Manage on a timely basis all federal level issues communication with AFSP chapter organizations, grassroots volunteers such as Field Advocates, Field Ambassadors and other stakeholders
  • Represent AFSP to relevant Washington, DC based coalitions and assists with the coordination of AFSP’s participation in related meetings, conferences and public events that further the Foundation's Federal public policy agenda
  • Manage the federal part of the Annual Advocacy Forum as it relates to Field Advocate appointments with US Senate and House members, as well as other federal program areas
  • Assist in the management of AFSP Public Policy Associates (college interns)
  • Collaborate with other members of the AFSP Public Policy staff as well as other AFSP national and chapter staff and volunteers as appropriate
  • Handle other duties as assigned by supervisor 

Qualifications

  • BA or BS required, other advanced degree or law degree preferred, or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years’ experience in public policy development and analysis, government relations, coalition building and advocacy, preferably with a non-profit organization or a government agency or office
  • Excellent written, oral and social media skills
  • Solid research and analytical skills
  • Capacity to juggle competing priorities
  • A network of professional relationships in Washington, DC related to public policy is a plus
  • Contacts within mental health or suicide prevention is helpful
  • Experience working on or with Capitol Hill is required 

Salary and Benefits

  • 22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
  • Flexible Summer Fridays
  • Low to Mid 50s depending on experience

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter outlining a compelling reason why you should be considered for this role to hrpublicpolicy@afsp.org. Write “FederalManager” in the subject line. No phone calls.

Communications Writer

Position Summary

The Communications Writer is responsible for day-to-day writing, editing assignments and managing the flow of new and existing AFSP content for use in our marketing, website, national blog, social media and more. The role involves working with staff, volunteers and other external audiences as part of our storytelling and awareness efforts; managing and editing a regular schedule of blog content from both clinical experts and general submissions; supporting content for inclusion in a monthly newsletter; and collaborating with the rest of the Communications teams on national campaigns that help create a culture that’s smart about mental health. The position will work closely with our Senior Manager of Writing and Entertainment Outreach to draft and finalize copy, create program and event descriptions and educational content, and support more long-term writing projects such as the organization’s annual report.

This position requires scheduling skills with multiple stakeholders (i.e. staff, volunteers, external partners) and managing multiple content/copy projects at one time with ease, as well as the ability to work with internal content experts to communicate clinical or difficult concepts in a way that a general, lay audience can easily understand. The ideal candidate will be creative, driven, good-humored, and passionate about suicide prevention and mental health, and feel comfortable engaging with this topic on an ongoing basis.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English, Creative Writing, Journalism, Advertising, or another area of study involving writing
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working in writing, editing, or copywriting field
  • Highly motivated individual with ability to work in fast, dynamic work environment
  • Ability to maintain and juggle multiple or competing priorities at one time
  • Strong interpersonal skills including an ability to listen to and interpret requests and needs
  • Strong knowledge of fundamental writing, editing, and copyediting principles
  • Ability to work in a team dynamic – and a sense of humor – is a plus
  • Working knowledge of a content management system such as Wordpress is a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • 22 PTO (vacation, sick, wellness and personal days) your first year of employment (5 additional days 2nd year)
  • 10% employer retirement contribution after 2 years of employment
  • Flexible Summer Fridays
  • Low to Mid 50s depending on experience

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter and two (2) writing samples to hresources@afsp.org. Write “CommsWriter” in the subject line.

Research Externship

Position Summary

The research extern program will provide a research-oriented opportunity for students interested in the field of mental health and suicide prevention.

Extern will work preferably in person (remote also possible) as a member of the Research Department and will receive supervision in daily tasks. Main responsibilities will include research grant management, literature reviews, preparation of summaries on research findings, work with grant data, and publication tracking.

This research program is a for-credit or volunteer position only. Flexible hours are available. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Available to work 8-10 hours per week

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills and demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated leadership and an interest in psychology research and mental health via coursework or extracurricular activity
  • Interest or passion for working in the non-profit field

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to research@afsp.org with Research Extern 2021 in the subject line. Submissions without a personalized cover letter explaining interest in the research program will not be considered.

Public Policy Internships

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 32 hours per week. This position is located in Washington, D.C. 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. The deadline for Fall 2021 applications is Friday, July 23.

Spring 2022 Marketing Management Intern

Position Summary

Our internship program will provide an enriching and rewarding experience for students who are interested in gaining real-world experience in marketing project coordination within the not-for-profit sector.

Assignments may vary, but generally include:

  • Project Coordination, including planning kick-off meetings, recording meeting notes, establishing timelines, proof-reading, facilitating feedback 
  • Asset Management, including final asset publishing to content management platform and file organization
  • Creative Concepting, including ideating social media content, promotional tools and campaigns
  • Beginner Design, including updating and altering established templates for promotional tools, ads and billboards

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 an internship with monthly stipend to students and runs from January to May with the option to extend into additional semesters if desired. The internship must be tied to a college-level internship program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate or graduate student)
  • Available to work a 20- to 30-hour work week (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
  • 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 and resume to hmartin@afsp.org with Marketing Management Intern in the subject line.

Spring 2022 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 an internship with monthly stipend to students, which runs from January to May, 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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