Suicide Prevention Director
At National Louis University we offer our employees an innovative environment to work together and inspire the ideas that will make an impact. As our external environment changes, our employees are provided the opportunities and tools needed to grow both personally and professionally to remain successful. NLU employees and dependents are offered a wide range of benefits, including but not limited to, Health Insurance benefits, Retirement benefits, Paid Time Off and Educational Benefits.
The Suicide Prevention Director will oversee the three (3) year Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Campus Grant administered through the Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA). NLU has been awarded the grant, and the Suicide Prevention Director will build a comprehensive infrastructure to sustain suicide prevention work, implement a community wide awareness and training campaign, and ensure the grant goals are achieved and reported annually. Regardless of the target population, activities, resources and interventions will be accessible and inclusive of all students. This initiative is a comprehensive suicide prevention approach that promotes the adoption of “zero suicides” as an aspirational goal.
• Create a comprehensive infrastructure and collaborative network of internal and external partners that will establish proactive and cohesive plan to monitor and respond to student mental health through the development of MOUs.
• Implement a comprehensive community-wide training program to effectively respond to self-harm, suicidality, and substance abuse. Develop a crisis response protocol and normalize among the community. Utilize social media to reduce stigma and promote resources.
• Increase student knowledge of mental health and substance use disorder services by developing a student outreach plan that includes gate keeper training, bystander intervention, and comprehensive materials.
• Increase student access to voluntary mental health and substance use disorder screenings and assessments, including online resources. Execute an annual mental health and substance abuse screening event and annual suicide prevention week.
• Increase student knowledge of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (TALK) as well as other relevant lifelines.
• Conduct an initial needs assessment of campus climate and attitudes toward suicide and substance use.
• Develop comprehensive project plan to meet annual goals for the implementation and execution of the grant activities.
• Collaborate with key stakeholders to create a Trauma-Informed culture that starts with an understanding of the life-long impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Emphasize a trauma informed response to training, education, and materials.
• Ensure compliance with all grant requirements, including budget management, assessment and reporting. Coordinate an annual campus climate survey.
• Supervise a Graduate Assistant with responsibilities for data collection and analysis.
• Proficient with all Microsoft Office applications.
• Strong written and verbal skills.
• Strong leadership, project management skills.
• Must handle mulitple tasks and think strategically about long-term goals and decisions
• Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and proactively.
• Ability to develop strong working relationships across diverse communities and interact effectively with both mental health professionals and non-professionals.
• Experience working with young adults, college-aged populations, and/or individuals with learning disabilities.
• 1-2 years of previous event planning or educational programming experience.
• Master’s degree required in Public Health, Mental Health, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or closely related field.
• Minimum 5-7 years of progressive experience in community development, public health, and/or student support services.
• Experience leading a project team.
• Previous grant management experience preferred.