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TSPN Statewide Director



Job Summary

TAADAS is seeking a national leader in suicide prevention to serve as Statewide Director for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN).  This position will supervise a Deputy Director and up to 10 Regional Directors across 9 statewide regions, oversee several suicide prevention task forces (i.e., veterans, farmers, first responders, etc.), regularly communicate and collaborate with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), manage an advisory council and large volunteer base, and regularly serve as a speaker and thought leader who advocates for suicide prevention.

Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Tennessee, and it is the leading cause of death among adolescents.  The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) exists as a contractual relationship between the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug, and other Addiction Services (TAADAS), the grantee.  TSPN is a statewide network of stakeholders and volunteers, who work together to implement the Tennessee’s strategic suicide prevention initiatives.  The governor-appointed advisory council provides valuable input and serves as key implementers across Tennessee’s nine regional territories.  

Job Responsibilities


  • Lead, support, and delegate to 11 TSPN staff across Tennessee
  • Serve as the voice and lead advocate of suicide prevention throughout Tennessee
  • Collaborate with TDMHSAS in identifying needs, developing strategic objectives to reduce suicide, engaging community leaders and volunteers on suicide prevention, measuring and reporting outcomes, etc.
  • Use data to inform change utilizing the public health approach.
  • Collaborate with behavioral health coalitions, partnering agencies, community task forces, advisory council, volunteers, and other groups
  • Implement and report results from evidence-based trainings on suicide prevention
  • Implement and report results from prevention, intervention, and “postvention” (i.e., post-suicide debriefings) programs
  • Publish the annual State of Suicide Prevention report
  • Attend annual national suicide prevention conference and grantee meetings
  • Serve as the media spokesperson and thought leader for suicide prevention in Tennessee


Candidate Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social service (i.e., psychology, public health, social work, etc.), Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of suicide prevention or crisis services experience
  • Ability to delegate to Regional Directors, advisory council, co-workers, and volunteers
  • Excellent oratory and presentation skills to large and small audiences
  • Proven written skills in grant writing, grant reporting, news articles, journal publications, research, or similar technical writing
  • Working knowledge and strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Working knowledge or certifications in evidence-based curriculum such as QPR, ASIST, AMSR, SAFE, etc.
  • Ability to work with and communicate to state department leaders, political leaders, veterans, lay people, coalitions and partnering agencies, persons who have attempted suicide, and survivors of suicide

Additional Information


Health, Dental & Vision insurance, Life and long term Disability Insurance, 401k, paid State holidays.

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: August 13, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Salary Range: 70,000 - 80,000 annually
  • Working Hours: 37.5 per week