Mental Health First Aid Liaison, AmeriCorps Member

Position Description:
Are you passionate about community mental wellness and public health education?  Serve with Mental Health First Aid Colorado as an AmeriCorps as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Liaison. Our mission is to prepare Coloradans to recognize the signs of a mental health challenges or crisis, and to support one another in their pursuit of wellness. As a member of our team, you will become certified to teach Mental Health First Aid, an internationally-recognized, evidence-based 8-hour certification. You will advocate for and educate Colorado communities about behavioral health issues and resources. You’ll help manage a statewide initiative to reach new audiences with Mental Health First Aid. Most importantly, you will be an integral part of the movement to end mental health stigma, increase access to behavioral health services, and promote awareness about mental wellness.

Overview:

  • 10-month service position starting July 6th 2017; 1700-hour service requirement
  • Member will serve with the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) who runs the Mental Health First Aid Colorado (MHFACO) initiative
  • Opportunity to work in a non-profit setting to support MHFA and other behavioral health initiatives.
  • Participate in mandatory 5-day MHFA instructor training
  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate 8-hour MHFA trainings to a variety of adult audiences
  • Track and report pre- and post- data for MHFA course participants
  • Travel (required) to deliver trainings and conduct outreach
  • Serve as a resource to MHFA course participants and instructors on an ongoing basis
  • Chair MHFA Colorado sub-committees to help expand and improve strategic MHFA efforts
  • Provide additional support as needed to support the success of MHFACO multidisciplinary team of wellness, education, and mental health professionals and specialists
  • Market the MHFA program through social media campaigns, and outreach presentations
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong teaching and/or training skills, especially with adult learners and diverse populations
  • Enthusiasm for reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction
  • Ability to engage people from different backgrounds, perspectives, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of mental health topics, issues, and local/state resources
  • Social media strategy and marketing
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Personal vehicle, ability to travel, and valid driver’s license required

Benefits:

  • 12,100 stipend paid over 10-month service term
  • $5,645 education award to go towards future or existing student loans, payment of accrued student loan interest during service term and eligibility for student loan forbearance
  • Eligible for Food Assistance and Medicaid benefits
  • Experience in community development, public health education, and marketing in a high-impact non-profit setting

All Applications are due by June 2nd 2017

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Rachel Clements at rclements@mhfaco.org with the subject line: MHFA AmeriCorps Position.