Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $33,494.00 - $61,975.00 gross per year
  • Columbia


Job Responsibilities
This position is located at the Department of Mental Health, Columbia Area Mental Health Center, 2715 Colonial Dr #100, Columbia, SC 29203.

Under the direction of the Program Director, you will be responsible for the Comprehensive School Suicide Prevention Program in South Carolina. Also, this position carries the responsibility of assisting the SCYSPI in the organizations, planning, implementation, and evaluation of targeted prevention and outreach programs and its coordinated events and activities.

Specifically, this position will work on School Outreach and Activities, Suicide Prevention training, education in the school system, cultural knowledge, group facilitation, technical assistance, data collection, and Prevention Support to reduce suicide and its consequences among young living in SC.

You will provide supervision to the School Suicide Prevention Specialist as well as technical assistance regarding suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

You will work closely with the program director to connect Zero Suicide programs to school programs.

You will support the prevention program in the administration and operation of the various targeted prevention frameworks and activities aimed at decreasing suicide rates in SC.

You will participate in the assessment of community needs related to the project, collect and disseminate data as required to support program goals.

Your routine duties shall include outreach recruitment, assessment, and direct services to the target population to increase the number of new youth and families accessing services with the health center.

In conjunction with the program director, you will be responsible for conducting group presentations, one-to-one contacts, and making follow-up phone calls to community partner agencies and current or potential partners.

You will be responsible for the implementation and evaluation support of various prevention frameworks with the youth population. Specific knowledge of youth prevention strategies in suicide prevention is expected.

You will assist with the planning, preparation, and participation in events such as health fairs, conferences, and training within school systems. Assistance in evening and weekend events are required. You may be responsible for the setup and breakdown of outreach booths and community health events

Minimum and Additional Requirements
State Requirements:Associate's degree in health science, public health, education, or equivalent; or working towards an associate's degree or two years of college completion of a bachelor's degree.

Agency Requirements:Bachelor's degree in health science, public health, education, or related field. One year of experience working with health promotion/disease prevention activities, and providing services ranging from outreach to prevention/early detection.

Note:If any Agency Requirements are listed above, applicants must also meet those requirements to be considered for the position.
Preferred Qualifications
Master's degree in health science, public health, education, or related field. You must maintain compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations as they pertain to the position. You must demonstrate knowledge of community resources within the SC service area including hospital processes, structure, and function. You must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing. You must also be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Additional Comments
Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume may be attached, but not substituted for completing work history and education sections of the employment application. The employment application will be considered incomplete and not forwarded.

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity Agency. We provide affirmative action and equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex – including the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, national origin, age, religion, or disability.

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