Employment Opportunities

Suicide Prevention Specialist

Mental Health America of Wisconsin seeks a passionate, self-motivated individual to join our team implementing suicide prevention, support, infrastructure development and training in Wisconsin. This position will be housed at our Milwaukee office. This full-time position has a range of responsibilities and opportunities for growth as our project continues to mature.

Duties and Responsibilities for the Suicide Prevention Specialist:

Coordinate Communications

  • Coordinate teleconferences among members of the project team and with outside project partners, as required.
  • Manage our statewide listserv; put together bi-monthly e-newsletters and teleconferences and manage other communications.
  • Develop written communications materials (brochures, publications) as requested in consultation with other staff and partners, as required.
  • Disseminate written materials to purchasers, invoice and track payments for materials; monitor levels of materials and maintain adequate supply of materials.
  • Manage and maintain website and social media pages with the assistance of MHA staff.

Coordinate Trainings and Outreach/Education

  • Provide support for the annual statewide suicide prevention conference in collaboration with the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin steering committee.
  • Provide management for trainings, as directed. Prepare and disseminate informational materials, manage registration, take care of facility logistics, assembly training materials, coordinate with presenters, manage evaluation of training events in with the suicide prevention team.
  • Coordinate Survivors Helping Survivors support groups

Coalition Support

  • Under the direction of the Project Managers develop competencies around coalition development, suicide prevention best practices and available resources.
  • As requested, provide consultation and technical assistance to coalitions. Travel may be expected.
  • Serve as a liaison to Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Coalition
  • Participate on the steering committee for Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Coalition

Grant Administrative Support

  • Under the direction of the Project Managers, complete reports and respond to requests from the granting agencies, as requested.
  • Undertake other grant administration as requested by the Project Managers.
  • Participate in team meetings.

Qualifications/Skills and Knowledge Required/Personal Qualities

  • B.A. preferred. Background and training in communications, public education or related areas required.
  • Background in mental health, (professional, educational and/or personal) or public health preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills required.
  • Experience with Word, Publisher (or related publishing programs), spreadsheets expected. Experience with webinar programs and website maintenance a plus.
  • Event planning experience desirable.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Supervisory Relationship

  • Work under the supervision of the Project Directors.


  • Position is full-time, 40 hrs/week. Schedule allows for some flexibility and must accommodate travel for training events and consultation activities. .
  • Travel 1-4 days per month may be necessary to facilitate training events and conferences.
  • Salary range: $15.50-$17.50/hour.


  • 120 hours of vacation per year (starting second year)
  • 24 hours of personal time per year (eligible after 90 days)
  • Accrue 8 hours of sick time per month (eligible after 90 days)
  • Reimbursement for travel and mileage expenses

Application Process

Cover Letter and Resume Required

  • Please submit a Cover Letter describing why you are interested in this position and why you think you are an ideal candidate along with your resume
  • Please submit your resume with education, work history and references
  • Cover Letter and Resume must be submitted by June 16 at 4pm to Sarah Thomas at saraht@mhawisconsin.org or mail to MHA- 600 W. Virginia St., Suite 502, Milwaukee 53204