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TSPN Zero Suicide Director



Job Summary

Full Time, Grant funded position; Off Site

Supervised by TSPN Deputy Director

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) is a statewide public-private organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

TSPN is a grassroots network which includes counselors, mental health professionals, physicians, clergy, journalists, social workers, law enforcement personnel, as well as survivors of suicide loss, individuals with Lived Experience, and community volunteers. TSPN works across the state to eliminate the stigma of suicide and educate communities about the warning signs of suicide, with the goal of lowering the state’s rates of suicide.

We seek to achieve these objectives through organizing and promoting regular regional activities, providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention training to community organizations, and conducting postvention sessions for schools and organizations after suicides occur.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with the recruitment of businesses or organizations from rural areas in Tennessee to participate in Be the One Training.
  • Outreach and recruit organizations to implement the Zero Suicide Initiative.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to organizations implementing the Zero Suicide Initiative.
  • Promote education about the mental health and substance abuse parity.
  • Promote regional suicide prevention activities
  • Coordinate gatekeeper and lethality assessment training using curricula supported by TSPN 
  • Service as the point of contact to provide general information and education on the Zero Suicide Initiative.
  • Prepare reports as necessary and required by Central office
  • Participate in new directives and initiatives as directed by Central Office
  • Accurately and efficiently report all outcomes
  • Participate in professional development opportunities
  • Collaborate with other organizations, councils, coalitions, and other stakeholders
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social service or related field.  A Master’s degree in a social service or related field with five or more years experience is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability for organization and administration;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting;
  • Demonstrated skills in oral, written and interpersonal communications, including strong computer skills;
  • Experience in training on the topics of suicide prevention.
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to gather and disseminate information
  • Respect and honor cultural and human diversity

These qualifications express the minimum standards for education and experience.  Other combinations of education and experience, if evaluated as equivalent, may qualify an applicant for consideration.

Additional Information


Medical, vision, dental, life and disability insurance offered. Generous PTO accural, 13 paid holiday per year.

How to Apply

Interested applicants shall submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls.


  • Date Posted: November 1, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Salary Range: $40,000 -- $45,000
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk