Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and serving as a key member of the clinical team, the Senior Director, High School Programming will serve as JED’s lead clinical subject matter expert on adolescent mental health and the delivery and support of student mental health care in the high school setting.

Position Responsibilities:

Strategy & Program Development

  • Serve as clinical subject matter expert lead on the development 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.
  • Influence decision-makers in high schools to place greater emphasis on mental health and suicide prevention in school settings.
  • Develop relationships with thought leaders in adolescent mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Collaborate with JED’s high school team to continue to develop JED’s method of working with high schools through a Comprehensive Approach to mental health and well-being of high school students.
  • Advise the high school program team on the most pressing needs of schools around mental health and the best ways of collaborating with schools.
  • Collaborate with JED’s high school program team to design, build and execute a technical assistance program associated with the Comprehensive Approach.
  • Collaborate with the program evaluation team to evaluate JED’s high school programming initiatives.

Technical Assistance

  • Provide direct technical assistance to schools and school districts in the areas of mental health, substance use issues, suicide prevention, and emotional preparation for the transition to college; including oversight of JED’s provision of feedback reports and recommendations to schools for strategic planning.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for providing trainings to parents, school personnel and others gatekeepers on mental health, including how to notice, help and refer if a teen is struggling, how to help a friend training for students, and educational sessions for parents/families on a case-by-case basis.
  • Manage relationships with schools and school districts as needed.

Resource Development

  • Continually update all adolescent and high school programming materials to make sure 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.
  • Review and approve for clinical effectiveness and safety all public-facing content and programs related to adolescent mental health and high school students.
  • Present new resources and JED’s high school approach at conferences, on webinars, and at other important gatherings of high school stakeholders.
  • 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
  • Collaborate with University of Michigan on creation of a Healthy Minds survey for high school students to help schools collect data on prevalence of mental health issues and student attitudes toward mental health

Qualifications and Experience:

  • MD or PhD in psychology with specialty in adolescents strongly preferred. MSW with the requisite experience will be considered.
  • At least 15 years of experience working with adolescents in schools or in the community; school-based experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience presenting at conferences and writing and submitting manuscripts for publication.
  • Expertise in suicide prevention preferred. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Strong research, analytical, and critical thinking abilities.
  • Program development experience would also be a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, including comfort with establishing new partnerships with schools.

Salary range: commensurate with experience

Interested candidates should email their résumé with cover letter to:

This position is located in New York City. It is not a remote position.

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