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Mental Health America of the MidSouth

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Erase the Stigma Coordinator

Mental Health America of the MidSouth


Job Summary

Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) is a 74-year-old agency that focuses on mental health advocacy and education.  The Erase the Stigma Coordinator plans, implements, and tracks evaluations for the Erase the Stigma Program, I.C. HOPE program, which teaches students how to manage bullies, bad days, and negative emotions (i.e., anger management).  The curriculum’s age-appropriate lessons focus on eating disorders, body image, and suicide prevention.  The Coordinator also makes presentations to civic and professional groups, and the position entails marketing/outreach to expand the program.  The ETS Coordinator works in conjunction with the West Tennessee Coordinator and reports to the Public Health and Education Manager.  When possible, the Coordinator will attend committees and coalitions that focus on children’s mental and emotional health.  This is a 30-hour per week position that offers excellent benefits.

Job Responsibilities

  • Networks and makes appropriate contacts with teachers and guidance counselors to schedule presentations.
  • Develops a working relationship with coordinated school health coordinators in the districts served.
  • Manages program reporting requirements.
  • Orders, prepares and distributes educational materials as necessary.
  • Conducts presentations when scheduled.
  • Administers pre and post test surveys in addition to teacher evaluations.
  • Coordinates I. C. Hope mascot appearances and communicates with handlers when necessary.
  • Assesses unmet program needs and advocates for program changes in addition to the development to meet those needs.
  • Completes reports and budget requests in a timely fashion.
  • Works to ensure prompt entry of all database information.
  • Keeps a complete log of all contacts and purchase orders related to program.
  • Attends meetings relevant to program development and enhancement. 
  • Trains and recruits volunteers and/or interns for program presentation, including providing technical assistance to other organizations that license the program.
  • Staffs health fairs and exhibits, presents to children’s mental health to various stakeholders, and supervises volunteers.
  • Answers the help-line when working in the office.
  • Maintains IC HOPE social media accounts.
  • Communicates well with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
  • Additional Administration and School Correspondence when necessary.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social services or related field (i.e., social work, psychology)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Power Point, and similar software
  • Experience in presenting to small and large audiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be available during school hours, which vary for multiple school systems throughout the Middle Tennessee region, including the required travel time to arrive by the beginning of the school day.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs, bend/squat repeatedly, and enthusiastically interact with children/youth.
  • Ability to function effectively independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel and have reliable transportation.
  • Strong organizational, calendaring, and time management skills.

Additional Information


The part-time (30 hours per week) position offers excellent benefits that include health, dental, 403-B with 6% match, long-term disability, life insurance policy, mileage reimbursement, and more.

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Jackie Cavnar, COO, at


  • Date Posted: January 31, 2020
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 03/02/2020
  • Salary Range: 29,000-31,000
  • Working Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm