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

Program Planner, Project 2025

Position Summary

Do you have expertise in program planning and development, with a desire to help support change that advances the suicide prevention field? AFSP, Project 2025 Division seeks a Program Planner to work on collaborative interdisciplinary teams, providing expertise related to program planning, communications and marketing design; producing high-quality written products; developing customized, interactive trainings (presented both in person and virtually); and providing technical assistance to understand how data-driven measurement creates strategy and program impact. You will help create change in private and government agencies, community-based organizations, policy and advocacy programs across the nation. The Program Planner reports to the Vice President of Project 2025.

In this director level role, the Program Planner must be able to both independently incubate new initiatives as well as work closely with the Director of Analytics, executive stakeholders, other departmental staff from around the agency to bring impactful ideas to reality. The incumbent will interpret and summarize Project 2025 evaluation findings, using qualitative and quantitative data to assess partnerships and programs, develop ongoing channels for data driven decisions, and make recommendations for improvement as needed. For more information about Project 2025, visit https://project2025.afsp.org/

If you’re enthusiastic about joining a culture that is always learning, community-obsessed, authentic, transparent, in this together, and outside-in, then you will fit right in!

Responsibilities

Research, Analysis, Liaison, and Writing

In collaboration with Project 2025 Team, the Planner creates innovative tools and resources that meet the needs of our clients and partners.

  • Collect, analyze, and synthesize a variety of primary and secondary research sources across all 4 critical areas of Project 2025 —including interviews, focus groups, reports, economic analyses, demographic trends, work with Policy Team on policy documents (including plans and regulations), and academic literature—to formulate policy and/or program interventions
  • Contribute, develop and lead the preparation of resources such as fact sheets, checklists, policy guides, toolkits, and model policies; Supervises development and deployment of trainings
  • Assist and track the implementation of initiatives and trainings
  • Provide tailored technical assistance for partners as needed to support new and ongoing project initiatives
  • Assist the VP of Project 2025 with overseeing the achievement of larger organizational goals through a data-driven decisions and results-based management approach
  • Work closely with the Director of Analytics to use results-based management approach for a full feedback loop of data informed strategy and program recommendations
  • Define and execute against program requirements, annual plan, and the 3-year organizational strategic plan
  • Use evidence-based programs to design and develop Project 2025 initiatives for impact of most lives saved
  • Contribute to the drafting and/or editing of scholarly articles, guidebooks, op-eds, blog posts, and other materials, tailoring them to resonate with various audiences
  • Incorporate creative methods in the assessment, planning implementation and evaluation of continuing education programs, events, conferences, seminars, retreats and provide continuing education credit as appropriate
  • Provide timely input to all pertinent Quality Improvement activities, including trending attendance, budgetary goals, quality benchmarking activities and timely improvement processes

Program Development

The incumbent must be comfortable designing and implementing solutions that are applicable, scalable, serviceable, and sustainable. Resources will include multi-channel communications, materials for leaders, and tools for end users. Our goal is to offer tools and resources that deliver value, inspire retention and expansion

  • Collaborate with our partners and teams to design and deliver resources that reinforce adoption of and drive outcomes
  • Lead workshops and development sessions to understand prevailing challenges and design resources to help leaders and teams introduce and embed programs into their organization
  • Act as program development Liaison for Project 2025 assets and materials that increase our awareness and brand across initiatives and mediums with Marketing and Communications Teams

Relationship Management & Team Assistance

In collaboration with other staff, the Program Planner contributes to the development of successful internal and external relationships.

  • Contribute to internal and external dialogue that advances our approach to catalyze change through the 4 critical areas and associated programs
  • Actively collaborate within and across interdisciplinary teams, including project teams, committees, and other efforts to support internal processes or goals, promote effective organizational culture, or build our public image and brand
  • Coordinate administrative and logistical support for program initiatives (schedules, calls, data collection, documentation preparation)

Special Projects

  • Collaborate with interdepartmental staff to implement AFSP Special Initiatives, grants and other programs
  • Liaise between our Communications and Marketing team for developing how to best present content and materials

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 5+ plus years of relevant professional experience (e.g., program management, program planning and development, and planning, public agency work, advocacy, community-based work)
  • Strongly preferred: Experience in program development and management, Communications and Marketing design experience, Presenting findings to committees; High Impact training
  • Preferred but not required: Graduate degree in program planning, public health, or a related field
  • Experience in working on programs, policies, and/or practices that integrate planning and health promotion at the local, state, or federal level
  • Ability to translate complex public policy issues and technical information into accessible and understandable concepts for a lay audience
  • Strong attention to detail in written and oral communication
  • Capacity to learn and master new systems; integrates technology into appropriate aspects of programming and communications
  • Experience using data and metrics to drive improvements
  • Experience in developing logic models and assessing strategy through data-driven measurement
  • Experience in project and program management
  • Change Management: experience working on continuous improvement management frameworks and creative communication plans. (CCMP, CMS & CPCM certifications a plus)

How to Apply

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

Area Director, San Diego

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 preferred
  • 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

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 CNP Staffing.  Write “Area Director, San Diego” in the subject line.

Area Director, San Francisco

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 preferred
  • 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

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 hresources@afsp.org.  Write “Area Director Bay Area” in the subject line.

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 CNP Staffing.  Write “Public Relations Manager” in the subject line.

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.

Human Resources Intern (HR Intern)

Position Summary

The HR Intern will work closely with the Director, Human Resources learning the ins and outs of managing the day-to-day people operations activities which will include benefits, recruitment and database management. Our HR internship program is geared to students interested in a generalist role or more specifically interested in HR technology and HR operations.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with maintaining HRIS including updating employee files
  • Support AFSP’s wellness initiative
  • Assist with the recruitment and onboarding process which include posting jobs, culling resumes, scheduling and conducting pre-screen phone interviews and onboarding new hires
  • Assist with developing and analyzing staff surveys
  • Additional administrative tasks as assigned by Director

Eligibility Criteria

  • Part-time or full-time college student (undergraduate junior/senior year or graduate student) enrolled in a Psychology, Human Resources or Industrial Organization program
  • Must be available to work 18-28 hours a week (core hours on weekdays between 10AM-4PM EST) 

Qualifications

  • Must be seriously interested in Human Resources and/or Organizational Development as a discipline
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Must be interested in the work of AFSP

How to Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to hresources@afsp.org stating your interest in the position. We will be listening for your “why” for applying to AFSP! Write “HRIntern” in the subject line of the email.

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. with a virtual component as well. 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 Spring 2022 applications is Monday, November 22.

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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