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Mental Health America of the MidSouth

Zero Suicide Initiative Director

Mental Health America of the MidSouth


Job Summary

Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) is a 75-year-old mainstay that provides an array of training, programs, and advocacy work to promote mental health and emotional wellness.  This Nashville-based affiliate is the largest Mental Health America affiliate in the South. Programs focus on suicide prevention, anti-bullying in schools, multicultural outreach, support for Alzheimer’s caregivers, mental health screenings, workplace wellness, and more.

Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) is hiring a full-time Zero Suicide Initiative Director (ZSID). Zero Suicide is a philosophy, protocol, and set of best practices to reduce suicides of patients and clients who are receiving care from a hospital, health facility, private practice, or prison/jail. The ZSID will serve as Regional Coordinator/Implementer and serve as Director of the statewide Zero Suicide initiative. MHA’s primary office is located in Nashville, TN, and interested candidates must live within commuting distance.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide vision, oversight, and direct supervision for the Zero Suicide Initiative, including management of two Regional Zero Suicide Coordinators and Education and Partnership Liaison;
  • Act as a Regional Zero Suicide Coordinator, implementing grant objectives throughout the Region (i.e., Middle Tennessee);
  • Onboard new partnership agencies and provide technical assistance to partners while maintaining the efficacy of the ZSI model;
  • Manage and present ZSI lectures at professional conferences and training; provide ZSI information to targeted groups as requested;
  • Provide resource linkage services and follow up to individuals as defined by the grant;
  • Facilitate learning objectives customized to organizations in different phases of Zero Suicide implementation and enhance inter-agency communication;
  • Manage gatekeeper and lethality assessment training and the suicide prevention program for target groups designated in the grant;
  • Develop and disseminate regional mental health resource directories, wallet cards, posters, and other materials to promote access to mental health and suicide prevention services;
  • Oversee and facilitate training sessions involving evidence-based suicide prevention training;
  • Collaborate with various state departments, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Jason Foundation, American Association of Suicidology (AAS), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and other partners;
  • Build a program sustainability plan based on community needs and departmental strengths;
  • Prepare and submit reports in a timely and accurate method, as required by the grant;
  • Regularly work with program evaluators, SAMHSA liaisons, and online government portals, in order to manage and record outcomes.
  • Work with the Continuing Education and Content Director to expand programming and sustainability ventures.

All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated are not to be an exhaustive statement and other job-related duties may be assigned as required by the supervisor(s).


  • A Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field is required.
  • Position requires three years of experience in behavioral health, public health, or correctional health, with preferred experience working in suicide prevention or crisis intervention.
  • Prior experience in building sustainable models and implementing evidence-based initiatives.
  • Experience in training, coordinating multiple activities, developing new and innovative programs and supervising volunteers and/or field placement students is preferred.
  • Experience in public speaking, adult education, or focus group facilitation.
  • Experience in tracking outcomes, setting up trainings, coordinating multiple activities, and developing new and innovative programs.
  • Must be able to motivate others, work as a team member, value cultural differences, resolve conflicts, and display genuine empathy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish immediate rapport with CEOs, VPs, HR Directors, union leaders, mid-level managers, manufacturing employees, grassroots workers, etc.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to work independently on projects.
  • Preferred experience in community outreach and conference/event organization.
  • Ability to facilitate a small group discussion and present on stage to a large audience.
  • Preferred experience in professional writing, copywriting, and editing.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Canva, Eventbrite, SurveyMonkey, etc.
  • Ideal applicants will be self-motivated in applying new methodologies, teaching, training, and instruction.
  • Must be able to motivate others, work as a team member, value cultural differences, resolve conflicts, and display genuine interest in working with at-risk persons and with people who want to make an impact.
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel throughout Middle and West Tennessee with a reliable vehicle and proof of liability insurance (less than 10% travel expected).
  • Must pass standard background check.
  • Able to work occasional (rare) nights or weekends.
  • Satisfactory completion ZSI training and complementary evidence-based training, which may be out of state.

Additional Information


MHA offers excellent benefits, including covering 80% of family health premiums; dental and vision insurance; 403(b) with 6% match; company-paid long-term disability and life insurance; office supply stipend; mileage reimbursement for work-related travel; generous PTO; flexible, hybrid work-week, and more.

How to Apply

Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to Amber Hampton, Senior Director of Program Operations, at


  • Date Posted: August 19, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 08/28/2023
  • Salary Range: $60,000-$70,000
  • Working Hours: 37.5 hrs/wk; M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.