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Mental Health America of the MidSouth

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Zero Suicide Program Assistant

Mental Health America of the MidSouth


Job Summary

Mental Health America of MidSouth (MHA) is hiring for a full-time 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 gran requirements.



Bachelor’s degree required in social work, counseling, psychology, marketing, data, communications, or related field (Master’s degree preferred). Minimum of three (3) years related experience in public health, behavioral health, or correctional health preferred, as well as experience working in suicide prevention and/or crisis intervention. Experience in training, coordinating multiple activities, developing new and innovative programs and supervising volunteers and/or field placement students.

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 50% of the time regionally and occasionally statewide.

Additional Information


Salary Range: $35,000 – $39,000. Health, retirement, and fringe benefits are excellent!  Projected start date is September 15, 2020.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to Mental Health America’s Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Jackie Cavnar, at  Please detail your relevant degree and experience.


  • Date Posted: July 30, 2020
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 09/15/2020
  • Salary Range: $35,000-$39,000
  • Working Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Weekdays