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

Manager, Chapter Engagement

Position Summary

The Manager for Chapter Engagement, with guidance from the Initiative Directors and the Vice President for Project 2025, will be tasked to work proactively with AFSP chapters and their Project 2025 champions, to develop, implement, and manage chapter activities within each of the four critical areas. This includes innovative work in community education, policy and advocacy, and communications. Building an engaged Project 2025 community of practice among the chapters will be critical to the Manager’s success. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about suicidology and the current state of suicide prevention efforts in the U.S.

Responsibilities

  • Establish and deepen AFSP’s nationwide chapter network engagement with Project 2025
  • In collaboration with Project 2025 team, develop chapter-specific tactics and implementation plans for each of the four Project 2025 areas
  • Oversee implementation and progress monitoring of Project 2025’s chapter strategies and tactics in support of the project’s strategic goals and outcomes
  • Lead the management of all day-to-day aspects of the Project 2025 Champions program for the organization’s Chapters, including responding to requests and interfacing with Champions
  • In coordination with other AFSP national departments, lead the development of Project 2025 chapter materials content for the website, presentations, print materials and other marketing and or educational purposes
  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategic goals, managing projects for the team and tracking the progress and impact of Project 2025 and its key activities

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health or social science plus 3+ years of relevant experience or Master’s degree in Public Health, Business, or relevant social or behavioral science plus 1+ years of experience in health care systems and/or policy is preferred
  • Excellent analytical skills and successful experience in a relevant community-based position
  • Strong project management experience and skills are highly desirable
  • Knowledge of suicide prevention, mental health and/or healthcare are a plus
  • Knowledge of program evaluation is a plus
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to HResources@afsp.org making a compelling case for why you should be considered for the role. Include “ChapterEngagement” in the subject line.

Vice President (VP), Project 2025

Position Summary

The VP, Project 2025 has overall responsibility for developing, implementing and assessing AFSP’s Project 2025 program. Project 2025 is a high-impact, collaborative initiative developed by AFSP. Using a dynamic systems model approach, AFSP has determined to date four critical areas our country needs to invest in to have the greatest impact for suicide prevention and the potential to save thousands of lives by 2025: (1) firearms and suicide prevention, (2) large healthcare systems, (3) emergency departments and (4) corrections.

In order to achieve the desired objectives, the VP will be tasked to work proactively with other healthcare and suicide prevention organizations, AFSP Chapters, as well as state and federal agencies, partnering as needed, to promote institutional behaviors and policies that advance suicide prevention efforts in the above four settings. He/she would be expected to become knowledgeable about the current state of research and programmatic activities in the suicide prevention field. Focus will be on the creation of policies and interventions that will save the most lives in the shortest period of time.

In Support of Key Organizational Strategy/Goal

Goal: Reduce the U.S. suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the Project 2025 business plan and modify as appropriate, including goals, strategies, tactics and outcomes, financial planning and budgeting
  • Lead the implementation of the Project 2025 business plan, setting quarterly and annual priorities
  • Act as a change agent by stimulating new ways of addressing suicide prevention activities to bring about outcomes that reduce suicide burden
  • Manage, deepen and/or establish internal and external stakeholder relationships key to implementing Project 2025 objectives
  • Track progress in achieving identified outcomes in each of the project’s target areas and lowering the overall rate of suicide by 2025
  • Serve as an organization spokesperson related to Project 2025 goals and priorities

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or other relevant social or behavioral science
  • Project management experience and skills highly desirable
  • Minimum of 5 years’ management/supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of healthcare field a plus
  • Excellent writing, communication and leadership skills
  • Proven record of building relationships and working with a range of public and private sector leaders

To Apply

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Associate Area Director, North Carolina

Position Summary

Responsible for implementing AFSP’s fundraising and program initiatives within assigned market area and working with chapter(s) in that area.

Responsibilities

  • Implement AFSP Out of the Darkness Community Walks and other approved fundraising within the assigned market, including additional fundraising events
  • Implement approved programs within the assigned market area including survivor programs, education programs and awareness initiatives
  • Responsible for development and support of the Chapter board and committees within the market
  • In conjunction with Chapter Boards develop business plan and budget for assigned market area
  • Responsible for volunteer management, including recruiting, training, assigning and recognizing volunteers within assigned market area
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with community leaders and organizations to promote AFSP’s message, build support for our mission and increase involvement in AFSP events and programs
  • Work with media to publicize AFSP events and mission and to heighten public awareness and reach fundraising goals
  • Responsible for fiscal management, including relationships with vendors, handling cash, expense management and working with National Office on accounts payable and receivables
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications    

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in nonprofit special event fundraising
  • Some program experience preferred
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills required

To Apply

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Assistant Content Writer/Editor

Position Summary

AFSP is seeking an Assistant Content Writer/Editor to work with our Senior Writer and Social Media Manager in writing and 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 includes managing and scheduling content for posting on external channels like our national blog, social media and website, in addition to working with staff, volunteers and other external audiences as part of our storytelling efforts. This position includes content management support and assisting in live events for social media. The position will work closely with our senior writer to draft and finalize copy and support more long-term writing projects such as the organization’s annual report, create program and event descriptions and educational content, and edit blog articles; and with our social media manager to assist in copywriting for social media posts, captioning, copywriting for social creative, and paid content.

The ideal candidate for this position will have strong scheduling and project management skills, would have worked with multiple stakeholders (i.e. staff, volunteers, external partners), managed multiple content/copy projects at one time with ease and have 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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English, Social Media or Digital Communications, Creative Writing, Advertising
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience working in writing 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
  • General knowledge of fundamental writing, copyediting and social media principles
  • Microsoft Suite knowledge a must; Sprout Social knowledge is a plus
  • Interest or experience in gaming industry is a plus
  • Ability to work in team dynamic 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

Application Instructions

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

Junior Accountant

Position Summary

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is seeking a Junior Accountant to support the Finance department with routine and non-routine duties focused on managing the general ledger, reconciling major accounts, posting journal entries, reporting on financials and analyzing accounts. The ideal candidate will have experience updating and maintaining General Ledgers and have an overall interest in accounting and finance. Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in accounts receivable/accounts payable.

Responsibilities

  • Compile and analyze financial information to prepare entries to accounts, such as general ledger accounts, documenting business transactions
  • Responsible for preparing and maintaining General Ledger; conduct journal entries, G/L account reconciliations and related work papers
  • Responsible for reconciling company bank accounts, preparing cash flow worksheets and analyzing accounts
  • Maintain accounting internal control as well as cost-effective control over the purchasing of supplies
  • Assist with year-end audits, reconcile payroll and accounts payables and handle bank deposits
  • Review, investigate and correct errors and inconsistencies in financial entries, documents, and reports
  • Collect and review data for federal, state and local reports and tax returns to ensure timely filing
  • Other tasks and projects as assigned by the SVP, Finance and Administration and Accounting Manager

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Accounting/Finance or Associates degree plus 2 years’ accounting experience in non-profit industry required
  • Must have knowledge of GAAP for non-profit organizations and general accounting procedures and policies
  • Experience using SAGE MIP accounting software preferred
  • Must have knowledge of non-profit tax exempt accounting procedures
  • Proficiency using Excel for data tracking and reporting

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
  • Mid 40s to Mid 50s depending on experience

To Apply

Submit resume and cover letter, including a compelling reason why you should be considered for this position, to HResources@afsp.org. Write JrAccountant in the subject line of the email.

Impact Measurement Intern

Position Summary

The Impact Measurement intern will assist with various evaluation-related activities for AFSP’s diverse programs including prevention education, advocacy and policy, and loss and healing. Impact measurement is vital to understanding the reach and impact of the AFSP’s programs and other mission related work.  Impact measurement turns data into information, information into insight and insight into business decisions.

The internship is remote. The intern will work remotely between 14-21 hours/week. The program offers an unpaid internship and must be tied to a graduate-level internship/practicum program. The program awards a monthly stipend.

Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Impact Measurement, the intern will…

  • Assist in survey implementation, analysis, and communication of various AFSP program evaluations
  • Support the development and execution of an indicator library consisting of cross-cutting suicide prevention, loss and healing, and program implementation measures
  • Assist with the development of tools to support AFSP evaluations
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Senior Director, Impact Measurement

Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an accredited graduate program in Public Health or another related field
  • Must be 18 years or older and authorized to work in the United States
  • Available to intern 14-21 hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
  • Prior experience implementing surveys (design of instrument, data collection, data management and analysis) preferred
  • Knowledge in computer programs, including Microsoft Excel
  • Interest in program evaluation
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively on a team
  • Dependable, reliable, and trustworthy
  • Ability to multi-task and adjust to changing priorities

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hmavronicolas@afsp.org with ‘Impact Measurement Intern Application’ in the subject line.

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.

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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