Full-time

US Division

HQ: Waltham, MA; Office: Washington, DC; Other Locations

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER (EDC)
EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms.  EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.
 
EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace.
 
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has an opening for a Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist (Training & Technical  Assistance Associate (I)), reporting to the Coordinator of Tribal Initiatives.
                                               
SPRC, housed within EDC’s Injury, Violence and Suicide Prevention Portfolio, is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). SPRC’s Grantee and State Initiatives (GSI) team provides capacity-building technical assistance (TA) to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act state, tribal and campus suicide prevention grantees, NSSP grantees, state suicide prevention coordinators, state suicide prevention coalitions, and other SPRC constituents.
 
The Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist is the primary point of contact for assigned Tribal GLS grantees and other SPRC partners working to advance suicide prevention in Native communities.  The ideal candidate understands Indian, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) health systems, including primary and behavioral health care systems. We are looking for someone who can effectively and respectfully translate AI/AN world views and indigenous knowledge in the development of strength-based approaches and strategies to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide. The ideal candidate for this position has experience implementing health promotion and prevention efforts in diverse AI/AN communities or tribal health care settings, and has a strong understanding of the public health approach to suicide prevention. This position will also lead related projects to fill gaps and TA needs among Tribal grantees, and will collaborate closely with other teams to contribute to SPRC’s overall TA work supporting suicide prevention in American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The individual in this position should be able to work independently, be highly analytical and focused with keen insight into motivational forces. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have the capacity to work from a home office that is located in or near Tribal grantees and other AI/AN communities or who are able to work from EDC’s Waltham, MA or Washington, DC offices.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.
 
Under general guidance, the Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist (Training & Technical Assistance Associate (I)) participates in complex projects to provide professional development training and technical assistance, including:
• contributing to and participating as a member of a 9-person Grantee and State Initiatives Team
serving as the point of contact and providing TA support for an assigned portfolio of federal suicide prevention grantees and other stakeholders
• updating and/or developing new TA resources to support grantees and other stakeholders
• leading and contributing to live virtual group training events, including webinars, peer-to-peer learning, and other events
• delivering presentations internally and externally to colleauges, grantees, partners and to national audiences, as appropriate
• advising on and supporting workplans, innovative techniques, processes, and systems both independently and as a team member
• serving as a resource, manage discrete projects and coordinate and support work with other teams, the SPRC funder, and other national partners especially related to AI/AN populations
• assisting with proposal development and project implementation
• documenting services provided into an internal database and through other reporting mechanisms
• monitoring and adding new content to the website, especially the AI/AN webpages
• researching, with expertise in content area
• writing, editing instructional materials
• conceptualizing and overseeing product testing & evaluation
• documenting & cataloguing
• maintaining records, including financial
• disseminating information
• leading facilitation of adult learning and web-based learning
• strategizing
• consulting with specialists
• other tasks as needed
 
The Training & Technical Assistance Associate (I)
• Builds knowledge and capacity of organizations and staff
• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
• Coordinates contract and quality adherence
• Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks
• Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions
• Provides training and guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; may supervise support staff
• May lead parts of a project or coordinate sections of larger projects
• May support administration/management of SPRC subcontracts
• May travel frequently
 
QUALIFICATIONS
This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:
 
Project Leadership Experience: Experience and ability to plan, lead, and manage public health projects including the ability to take initiative and manage and prioritize time-sensitive tasks. Demonstrated ability to lead projects independently, including oversight of multiple activities and deadlines.
Content Knowledge: Understanding of the public health principles and approach to prevention and intervention. Experience implementing health promotion and prevention efforts in diverse AI/AN communities and tribal health care settings. Experience in the behavioral health or suicide prevention fields preferred. Knowledge of health systems serving AI/AN communities. Training or experience with cultural translation of prevention or health promotion models for AI/AN populations is a plus. Experience working with Southwest Tribes or Alaska Native Tribes is highly desirable. Understanding of adult learning principles as they relate to virtual and in-person trainings.
Technical Assistance Experience: Experience in providing consultation and support (technical assistance, information services, or similar functions) to clients via web based applications, phone, and email strongly preferred.
Training Experience: Experience in conceptualizing and designing in person and interactive virtual learning opportunities, such as webinars, online trainings, and/or communities of practice, using adult learning principles.   
Relationship Building: Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, partners, grantees, and funders over long distances.
Communications: Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, project partners, and funders. Experience developing and reviewing written materials for outside audiences.
Collaboration: Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of EDC.
Personal Qualities: Someone who exhibits flexibility, enthusiasm, responsiveness, aptitude for details, a positive attitude, creativity, strategic and analytical thinking, self-motivation, and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to be proactive and to produce quality work.  
 
Specific requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Master’s degree or teacher certification or equivalent combination of training and education in a related field preferred
• With Bachelor’s degree, 5–8 years related experience in the disciplinary area, social science or public health research, education, training, curriculum design, consulting, organizational development or administrative management, including experience with computer applications, instructional design, and Internet research
• With Master’s degree, 3–5 years related experience (as above)
• Familiarity with multimedia techniques
• Some prior project leadership or supervisory experience preferred
• Proficiency in MS Office applications and database entry
• Experience using online work tools such as Basecamp, Skype for Business, Sharepoint, and online meeting platforms highly preferred
 
CONTACT
EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453
No phone calls, please
 
Posted:  11/3/17
 
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