Full-time

US Division

HQ: Waltham, MA; Office: Washington, DC

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.
 
EDC’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has an opening for a full-time Grantee and State Initiatives Manager (GSI Manager/Associate Project Director), reporting to the Director of Grantee and State Initiatives. The position will be based full-time in Waltham MA, Washington DC, or remotely from the employee’s home office. Strong consideration will be given to individuals who are able to work in EDC’s headquarters in Waltham MA, though exceptionally qualified applicants based in other locations will be considered.
                               
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 is a nine person team that 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 SPRC GSI Manager (Associate Project Director) will work in close collaboration with the GSI Director to:
• Develop and implement the team’s annual workplan, monitoring progress to ensure quality of services
• Oversee team-specific projects, products, and deliverables
• Contribute to cross-team collaboration within SPRC and the broader EDC portfolios, including participation on the SPRC Management Council
• Support and/or stand in for the GSI Director to represent the team at internal and external meetings
• Communicate directly with funder, and assist in developing responses for information requests from the funder, including completion of team reporting requirements
• Provide tailored TA for an assigned portfolio of federal suicide prevention grantees and unfunded state suicide prevention coordinators
 
The ideal candidate will have strong skills in the following areas: project management, communications, relationship-building, and time management. He or she will have a strong understanding of the public health approach to suicide prevention, and have experience providing consultation and support (technical assistance, information services, or similar functions) to clients, ideally in areas such as mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, organized, and creative in identifying ways to make the team’s work more effective and efficient. This person will supervise junior staff. The position may travel up to 5 times per year.
 
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.
 
The SPRC GSI Manager (Associate Project Director):
• Assists the GSI Director with responsibilities for programmatic/technical success as well as for administrative/business/financial viability of project(s)
• Manages operations for the GSI team
• Assists with team strategic planning processes, and drafts annual workplan; ensures successful implementation of workplan
• Assists with production and management of resources to meet project or program development implementation objectives
• Oversees design, production, and dissemination of team-specific projects, products, and deliverables
• Oversees team national partnership strategy, and tracks outcomes from partner outreach and collaboration
• Develops and monitors team travel budget
• Supervises junior staff
• Serves as the point of contact and provides TA for an assigned portfolio of federal suicide prevention grantees, including state and campus grantees, and unfunded state suicide prevention coordinators
• Leads and/or contributes to in-person and virtual group training events for the team’s audiences, including webinars, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, workshop sessions, and other events
• Serves as the team’s liaison with other SPRC teams, and participates on SPRC’s Management Council
• Communicates regularly with funder, assists in developing responses for information requests from the funder, and ensures completion of team reporting requirements
• Works independently to propose new operational strategies and tactics to increase efficiency
• Provides direction and support around team professional development and capacity-building
• Offers conceptual and creative support to the GSI and SPRC Director and staff
• Other tasks as assigned
 
The GSI Manager (Associate Project Director):
• Promotes equity and opportunity in support of EDC’s commitment to diversity
• Collaborates with program participants or team members to achieve project or program objectives
• Helps to coordinate work of team leaders &/or project staff who may be located in field or remote sites
• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges
• Trains and provides project oversight and management support to junior staff
• Will supervise junior staff
• Supports positive client, vendor, and funder relations
• Will travel up to 5 times per year
 
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.
 
Management Experience: Experience managing discrete projects, team workplans, budgets, and processes to ensure that high quality deliverables are produced on time. Project management training a plus.
Content Knowledge: A strong understanding of the public health approach to suicide prevention. Experience in the mental health or suicide prevention fields preferred. A strong 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 phone and email strongly preferred. Experience working with diverse communities and cultures strongly preferred.
Training Experience: Experience providing virtual or in-person trainings that meet the needs of adult learners a plus.
Relationship Building: Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, partners, and funders over long distances. Experience developing and maintaining productive supervisory relationships. Experience supervising staff remotely a plus.
Communications: Strong written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in supervisory relationships, with colleagues, and with 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 EDC and the GSI team community.
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.
 
Specific requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & experience preferred
• With Bachelor’s degree, at least 5 years related experience
• With Master’s degree, at least 4 years related experience
• Demonstrable organizational and troubleshooting skills
• Strong analytical skills and aptitude for details
• Demonstrated ability to lead projects independently, including oversight of multiple activities and deadlines
• Proficiency in MS Office applications
 
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The cover letter should be a succinct statement of interest to include highlights of relevant qualifications and experience for the role desired, and should not exceed two pages. The resume should not exceed three pages. Candidates selected for an interview maybe asked to provide writing samples. Note: applications without requested items will not be considered.
 
CONTACT
EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453
No phone calls, please
 
Posted:  10/30/17
 
 
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color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.