Job Opening: Suicide Prevention Specialist

Title: Suicide Prevention Specialist

FTE/Status:.75-.8 FTE (30-32 hours)/Currently Grant Funded

Position Start: January 2, 2019

Potential for longer term funding.


Brief Description: Collaboratively plan, coordinate and implement sustainable suicide prevention strategies to be delivered to youth, families and communities served by Bellingham and other school districts in Whatcom County. Promote healthy youth development through lenses of youth leadership opportunities, mental health promotion, trauma-informed practice, the science of hope and resilience building. Strengthen the M.A.D.-H.O.P.E. Peer to Peer Training Curriculum and expand capacity for implementation by developing and implementing a Train-the-Trainer model. Increase youth and adult leadership and engagement in M.A.D.-H.O.P.E. and other strategic suicide prevention strategies. Advocate for program, lead M.A.D.-H.O.P.E. planning team and youth advisory council. Cultivate strategic partnerships to convene and create program sustainability. Engage and support program development, including identifying and procuring resources. Supervise AmeriCorps, interns and/or volunteers. Develop strong volunteer base of M.A.D.-H.O.P.E. trainers, especially youth trainers. Provide program outreach and community awareness activities, including social media. Collect, analyze and disseminate program data.

Essential Functions:

  • Advanced organizational and relational skills. Ability to navigate and streamline systems and work with others who work within or to develop systems. Develop diverse, strong relationships.
  • Develop volunteer-based, youth-centered suicide prevention strategies, focused initially on the M.A.D.-H.O.P.E. Peer to Peer Training Curriculum. Recruit, train, schedule, manage and support volunteers to present M.A.D.-H.O.P.E. workshops and learn other prevention strategies. Include high school and college aged students/interns and adult community members. Outreach to existing clubs/explore developing new school based clubs focused on this work.
  • Demonstrated ability working with and training youth and young adults.
  • Excellent communication, networking, presentation and facilitation skills—awareness of body and spoken language. Use visual aids. Bilingual skills a plus! Present curriculum in high school and middle school classrooms. Develop materials (i.e. curriculum & volunteer manuals). Provide regular face-to-face, e-mail and phone contact with many sector representatives, including county-wide school systems, parents, youth and young adults. Ability to communicate and raise community awareness of youth suicide through social media, Facebook, webpage, etc. and positive social norming.
  • Advanced computing in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Creation of forms, flyers, spreadsheets; use of data; development of training and guidance materials. Able to learn new technology skills.
  • Assess, evaluate and report on programmatic and operational information as required.
  • Strong problem solving ability.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency. Work with diverse populations. Value equity & social justice.
  • Supervise interns, volunteers and others.
  • Positive attitude. Persistent character with understanding and value of a strength-based, abundance perspective and trauma-informed practice.

Other Duties:

  • Administrative tasks—e-mailing, phone work, filing, copying, data entry and reporting as relevant to WFCN need and project assignment.
  • Attend Whatcom Prevention Coalition Meetings; Some weekend and evening events.
  • Scheduling and logistics for trainings, community meetings, outreach opportunities, and events.
  • Attend relevant trainings.
  • Seek funding opportunities through networking and research.


  • 2 years experience, successfully and passionately coordinating youth-centered programs; promoting healthy youth development in school systems or youth serving organizations.
  • 1 year experience with youth suicide prevention.
  • 1 year experience with data collection and analysis.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent professional experience.


Flexible scheduling aligned with needs of the project.
Employer share of employment taxes; L&I.
Mileage reimbursement for approved travel for business purposes.
Prorated medical or dental benefits for employees working 20 hours or more per week.
Professional development, resume building, professional recommendations.


Range: Starting at $17.00 hourly, depending on experience.

Whatcom Family & Community Network is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to

Position Open Until Filled with Priority Deadline of 10/26 at 5 p.m.