Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) is seeking an executive director in suicide prevention to take the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) to the next level. This position will supervise a Deputy Director and up to 10 staff 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 Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA), 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.
Serve as part of the MHA leadership team that includes CEO, COO, CFO, and Program Manager
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
Represent other MHA programming efforts at appropriate meetings, coalitions, and events.
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
Work hand-in-hand with MHA’s Program Manager, who oversees all other MHA programs and services: school-based mental health program, aging & Alzheimer’s program, mental health screenings, continuing education workshops, Mental Health First Aid, mental health assistance center, multicultural outreach program (including human trafficking recovery), etc.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits
Internal Number: 7828
About Mental Health America of the MidSouth
MHA of the MidSouth is the largest Mental Health America affiliate in the South. Based in Nashville, TN, our programs focus on suicide prevention, Alzheimer's support, human trafficking recovery, anti-bullying in schools, screenings, community education, professional workshops offering CEUs, Mental Health First Aid training, advocacy, and a helpline for education and referrals. Founded in 1946, our MHA has a rich history of starting other behavioral health mainstays in the Middle TN area.
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