JED is developing a program to assist high schools and school districts in improving their policies, practices, and procedures around mental health and suicide prevention. As part of this program, they are developing a Comprehensive Approach for Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Suicide for High Schools, which will provide recommended practices for schools and school districts, nationwide, on building comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention policies, programs, and systems. 

The new program will be piloted across the country starting in the spring of 2020. To successfully launch this program, JED is seeking a strong leader with clinical expertise and experience working with adolescents to lead development of the program, provide thought leadership and technical assistance, and develop new resources to influence the field of high school mental health nationwide. 

This is an ideal opportunity for a strong clinical expert who is passionate about developing and building programs at scale to make a difference in the lives of high school students across the nation.


Strategy & Program Development

  • Serve as the senior clinical subject matter expert lead on the design, development, piloting, and ongoing curation of JED’s Comprehensive Approach for Mental Health Promotion and the Prevention of Suicide for High Schools, including the review of potential programs and services for inclusion in JED’s high school playbook (an online resource/portal that provides recommendations on evidence-based programs in high school mental health)
  • Design, develop, pilot, and disseminate an assessment tool for high schools to assess their current practices around mental health promotion and suicide prevention
  • Recruit and maintain relationships with schools and school districts in JED’s technical assistance portfolio

Team Management & Development

  • Serve as the leader and manager of JED’s initiatives in secondary education, including participation in JED’s senior leadership team
  • Recruit, manage, and develop a growing team (3 staff members currently) to build and disseminate high school programming
  • Oversee the professional development of all team members and ensure team members have what they need to meet their goals

Oversight of High School Advisors

  • Recruit and oversee a team of high school advisors (2 in 2020; an additional 3 in 2021) and consultants that will provide direct technical assistance to schools/school districts. These technical assistance services will include:
    • Assisting schools in developing and executing a strategic plan to improve mental health policies and programming 
    • Drafting feedback reports for school/district stakeholders based on the results of the assessment
    • Providing ongoing support to schools/districts on both implementing changes to mental health policies and practices and measuring the efficacy of changes 
    • Developing and implementing a strategy for providing training to parents, school personnel and other gatekeepers on mental health

Thought Leadership & Resource Development

  • Present to professional audiences (both within and outside schools) about adolescent and school-based mental health. Influence decision-makers in high schools to place greater emphasis on mental health and suicide prevention in school settings
  • Write and submit papers and op-eds on JED’s high school approach and the general topic of mental health and suicide prevention in high school
  • Ensure all high school programming materials remain updated and  they are consistent with the most up-to-date and cutting edge knowledge in the fields of adolescent mental health and suicide prevention 
  • Identify and develop new resources on the topics of mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention in high schools


  • At least 10 years of experience working with adolescents in school settings or in the community required; experience in school settings strongly preferred
  • MD or PhD in psychology/psychiatry with expertise in adolescent psychology
  • Experience building and managing programs for multiple sites and constituents, ideally with experience scaling and building programs
  • Demonstrated track record of building and leading high-performing teams; ability to lead and inspire a diverse and high-performing team to meet ambitious goals while also serving as a key organizational leader as part of the senior leadership team
  • High standards of excellence combined with a supportive and growth-oriented management style 
  • Strong verbal communication; experience presenting at conferences
  • Strong written communication; excellent attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, including comfort with establishing new partnerships and building relationships across lines of difference
  • Culturally competent regarding diversity, equity and inclusion; able to have difficult and effective conversations about race and equity while meeting someone where they are
  • Collaborative, decisive, motivating, and engaging style; strong negotiation and lateral leadership skills

Salary: commensurate with experience

Location: New York, NY

Qualified Individuals, Please Apply: https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/1826

JED is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workplace that values teamwork, collaboration and creativity. JED is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.