US Division

Office: Washington, DC

Not disclosed


Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.


EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has an opening for a Program Associate (Associate Project Director) in Washington, DC; especially strong remote and Waltham, MA-based candidates will be considered.

The Program Associate (Associate Project Director) will provide project management and programmatic support to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) via the Action Alliance’s Secretariat team (housed within SPRC’s National Partner Initiatives team). This opportunity provides the excitement of working for a successful, high-growth, organization that is a trusted, objective, and collaborative leader in the field of suicide prevention.

SPRC, housed within EDC’s Suicide, Violence, and Injury Prevention Portfolio (SVIPP), is the nation’s only federally supported resource center dedicated to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). SPRC is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and promotes a public health approach to suicide prevention in state, healthcare, community, and organizational settings, as well as nationwide.

The Action Alliance Secretariat provides programmatic and project management support to the Action Alliance Executive Committee, priority initiatives, and various work groups and task forces, representing more than 250 public and private sector partner organizations. Through this work, the Secretariat and Action Alliance are responsible for engaging a diverse group of distinguished leaders (e.g., corporate executives, media [e.g., reporters, editors], entertainment industry representatives, policymakers, federal agency leaders and staff, health system leaders, suicide prevention experts, suicide attempt survivors, and survivors of suicide loss) to catalyze innovative suicide prevention efforts nationwide.



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 Program Associate (Associate Project Director):

• Assists Project Director with responsibilities for programmatic/technical success as well as for administrative/ business/financial viability of project(s)

• Assists with production and management of resources to meet project or program development implementation objectives

Plans and executes aspects of Action Alliance partner meetings

Takes a leading role in Action Alliance efforts to cultivate national partnerships with diverse audiences (e.g., large private sector employers, news media, public safety, entertainment industry)

Develops content for internal and external communications and materials, oversees quality assurance efforts 

Coordinates the production and management of resources to meet project or program goals

Collaborates with partners and team members to achieve project or program objectives

Stays abreast of trends, tools, and effective practices related to suicide prevention and intervention

Develops content and executive-level briefing materials for key public and private sector leaders

Represents the Action Alliance at key partner meetings

• Ability to travel domestically with adequate notice

Completes other tasks as assigned


The Program Associate (Associate Project Director) will serve a leading role in cultivating partnerships that advance the NSSP and will have responsibilities in the following areas of work:

Changing the conversation: Examples of work include (but are not limited to) providing project management and content development for national efforts to engage news media, entertainment industry, and professional sports to promote safe reporting on suicide, engage partners to promote accurate portrayals of suicide in the entertainment industry, and promote messages of hope and recovery.

Advancing workplace suicide prevention: Examples of work include (but are not limited to) providing project management and content development for national efforts to engage large employers and advance workplace suicide prevention efforts in the corporate sector.

Convening partner meetings: Examples of work include (but are not limited to) providing project management, coordination, strategy, and content development for national partner meetings, including the biannual convening of Action Alliance Executive Committee.

Transforming health systems to reduce suicide: Examples of work include (but are not limited to) project management and content development for national efforts to engage health plans, health systems, and professional guilds and associations.


The Program Associate (Associate Project Director):

• Promotes equity and opportunity in support of EDC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

• 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

• Supports positive client, vendor, and funder relations



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:

• 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

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel)

• Ability to travel domestically with adequate notice


Candidates must have the ability to work and stay organized in complex, fast-paced, and politically sensitive contexts with executive-level leaders. Additional requirements include the following:

Project Management: Strong project management skills; experience and ability to plan and lead projects from start to finish, including the ability to take initiative and manage multiple time-sensitive tasks simultaneously and prioritize tasks appropriately in a highly fast-paced environment.

Relationship Building: Proven ability to build and maintain relationships, and navigate sensitivities with individuals working in high levels of public and private sector organizations.

Collaboration: Ability to work both independently without close oversight and as part of a team, productively engaging others at varying levels of seniority within and outside EDC and the Action Alliance.

Communication: Strong written and verbal communications skills; able to communicate effectively with colleagues, partners, and funders; experience developing and reviewing written materials for outside audiences.

Personal Qualities: This position is ideal for a goal-oriented professional who excels in a dynamic and fast-paced, mission-driven, resource-limited environment and exhibits: a commitment to team success, flexibility, proactive thinking, creativity, and a positive attitude.


Preferred qualifications include the following:

• Professional experience working with large (at least 500 employees) corporations

• Professional experience in partner/client relations

Proven ability to be entrepreneurial and innovative


Veterans are encouraged to apply.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume. The cover letter should be a succinct (1-2 pages) statement of interest that includes highlights of relevant qualifications and experience for the role desired. Resumes should be limited to 4 pages. If you are selected for an interview, you may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or salary requirements. Note: Applications without requested items will not be considered.




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Posted: 7/13/18



As an EOE/AA employer, EDC does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.