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Mental Health America of the MidSouth

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Zero Suicide Program Assistant (part-time)

Mental Health America of the MidSouth


Job Summary

Position Description – Responsibilities and Requirements:

Mental Health America of MidSouth (MHA) is hiring for a part-time (20 hours per week) Zero Suicide Initiative Program Assistant (ZSIPA). This position reports directly to the Zero Suicide Initiative Director.  Zero Suicide is a philosophy, protocol, and set of best practices to prevent suicides in hospitals, health facilities, jails/prisons, and private practices. The ZSIPA reports to the Zero Suicide Director, supports two Zero Coordinators, promotes Zero Suicide protocols through various mediums of communication, schedules suicide prevention trainings across Tennessee, and serves as the depository for collected outcome data

Job Responsibilities

Duties will include:

  • Coordinate statewide communication regarding the ZSI (i.e., send out press releases, update website information, promote social media posts, etc.)
  • Coordinate and schedule trainings and presentations for the Zero Suicide Program Coordinators.
  • Provide program and administrative support to the Zero Suicide Initiative Director and Zero Suicide Program Coordinators.
  • Serve as the liaison to the evaluator and assist in the communication of evaluations, metrics, and outcomes.
  • Assist with training, resource linkages, and event planning logistics.
  • Assist with conducting follow up activities as defined by the grant.
  • Collect, record, and organize data related to this grant.
  • Participate with and adhere to the cultural competency plans and a sustainability plans.
  • Other duties assigned by the Zero Suicide Director in fulfillment of the grant requirements.



Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in communications, marketing, social work, counseling, psychology, or related field. Proficiency is required in Excel and Word.  Prefer a minimum of three (3) years related experience in health, behavioral health, corrections, or crisis services.  Experience in tracking outcomes, setting up trainings, coordinating multiple activities, and developing new and innovative programs. Preference will be given to a licensed professional who can supervise interns.

Skills: Proficiency in MS Windows and MS Office. Ideal applicants will be self-motivated in applying new methodologies, teaching, training, and instruction.

Personal Qualities: 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.

Requirements: Valid Tennessee driver’s license, vehicle that can reliably be used on the job, valid vehicle insurance. Must pass standard background check. Must be able to travel 25% of the time throughout Middle Tennessee and occasionally statewide.

Additional Information


Salary Range: $20,000 salary to be paid semi-monthly. This position is 20 hours per week, and part-time positions do not provide benefits.  Projected start date is November 23, 2020.

How to Apply

Contact Information and Procedure:

E-mail letter of interest and resume to Jackie Cavnar, COO, at 


  • Date Posted: October 13, 2020
  • Type: Part-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 11/23/2020
  • Salary Range: $20,000
  • Working Hours: 20 hrs per week; M-F