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Mental Health America of the MidSouth

Public Health Education Specialist

Mental Health America of the MidSouth


Job Summary

Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) is a 75-year-old nonprofit that promotes mental health and wellness through education, advocacy, and service. MHA provides education, training, advocacy, support, referrals, and programs.  Current programs focus on suicide prevention, anti-bullying in schools, workplace wellness, Alzheimer’s & healthy aging, multicultural outreach, screenings, referrals, and more.

MHA is hiring a Public Health Education Specialist to train businesses, government agencies, health centers, and trade associations about managing workplace depression, toxic stress, corporate bullying, compassion fatigue, and burnout. The Specialist will also provide helpful coping strategies, prescription discount cards, navigation to charitable clinics, and access to screenings. The Specialist will provide surveys, assessments, focus groups, and reports to businesses purchasing a deep dive (“Occumetrics”) into corporate cultural and employee retention. An Occumetrics operations manual or curriculum must be developed within the employee’s first six months. Finally, the Specialist will lead in the development and execution of 4-6 professional continuing education conferences/workshops, with assistance and support from other staff.

Job Responsibilities

Duties include:

  • Presenting virtual and in-person Workplace Wellness workshops to companies, trade association, and health centers;
  • Leading in the planning and implementation of 4-6 professional conferences (i.e., Mental Health Law, Professional Ethics, Aging & Behavioral Health, etc.), with support from other MHA staff;
  • Marketing and recruiting businesses that would be interested in a brief workshop or the intensive Occumetrics components;
  • Providing Occumetrics surveys and assessments in a systematic method;
  • Providing Occumetrics focus groups to solicit employee perceptions about corporate culture;
  • Gathering and organization quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Preparing reports and recommendations that will be shared to organizational leadership;
  • Developing an Occumetrics operations manual or curriculum, so as to formalize the program within 6 months;
  • Keeping good, organized records and reports about processes and outcomes;
  • Cross-training in another mental health curriculum such as QPR or Mental Health First Aid;
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Requires a degree in psychology, social work, public health, education, or similar social-science degree (Masters preferred);
  • Excellent presentation – a star trainer whether presenting in-person or virtually
  • Ability to facilitate a small group discussion and present on stage to a large audience;
  • Preferred experience in public speaking, adult education, HR, curriculum design, or focus group facilitation.
  • Ability to travel throughout Middle and West Tennessee with a reliable vehicle and proof of liability insurance;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish immediate rapport with CEOs, VPs, HR Directors, union leaders, mid-level managers, manufacturing employees, grassroots workers, etc.
  • Proficient in MS Office (especially PowerPoint), Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, etc.

Additional Information


This is a full-time position with an annual salary between $40,000-$45,000 and excellent benefits (i.e., health, dental, 403B match, long-term disability, mileage reimbursement, etc.).  This position reports directly to the MHA Program Director.  Although MHA employees continue to work remotely, our Nashville-based office hours are from 8:30am-5:00pm on weekdays.  MHA would like to fill this position as soon as possible.

How to Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Jackie Cavnar, COO, at Due to the expected response to this posting, only the top applicants will receive communication and an interview.


  • Date Posted: February 4, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 03/05/2021
  • Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk