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Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Specialist (HSC 3) - State of Washington

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Location: Tumwater, WA (Thurston)
Full-time position
Closing Date: July 6, 2018
Job #12666
Posted: June 6, 2018
he Opportunity

As the Behavioral Health/Suicide Prevention Specialist you’ll support the mission by leading the fast-paced work enacted in Second Substitute House Bill 2671, to improve the behavioral health of agricultural workers and prevent suicide. You’ll convene and facilitate a multi-sectorial task force to examine data and develop program recommendations for a pilot program; manage the contract for the pilot; provide leadership, outreach and subject matter technical assistance primarily to the agricultural workforce; and, guide the development of, and write, three legislative reports.

Learn more about Office of Healthy and Safe Communities.

This is a full-time project position. The Suicide Prevention in the Agricultural Industry Project and this position is currently funded through December 31, 2020.
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit the DOH website and DOH Infographic (PDF) (Download PDF reader)
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.  Watch the DOH "Diversity is Rising" video.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy work/life balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (Depending on job duties.)

What we’re looking for – Required Qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree or higher in behavioral health, public health, health care, human services or a related field.

• Three (3) or more years of experience leading projects with diverse stakeholders facilitating teams, and developing written communications, preferably in the field of behavioral health and/or suicide prevention.

• One (1) or more years of experience using the following:

o MS Word to produce and edit documents.

o MS Excel to produce and edit spreadsheets.

o MS Outlook to send emails.

o MS PowerPoint to design presentations.

o The internet to perform research.

Preferred/Desired Qualification(s) 

• A Master’s degree in behavioral health, public health, health care, human services or related field.

• One (1) or more years of experience working in state government.

• One (1) or more years of experience working in behavioral health, suicide prevention and with rural communities.

• Project, grant and contract management experience or training.

• Demonstrated experience facilitating training events and webinars.

• Public speaking experience with diverse audiences.

• Demonstrated writing experience with proven ability to write succinct, direct prose using plain language.

• Plain talk training.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
 With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

• Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
• Work in a tobacco, drug, and alcohol-free environment.
• Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
• Occasionally travel within or outside of the state which may include overnight stays.
• Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
• Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines. 
• Move object weighing up to 25 pounds.

How to Apply: 


This position is covered by an "Agency Shop" provision.  Therefore, as a condition of employment, the incumbent of this position must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational fee within 30 days of the date you are placed into pay status.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Skyler Jones at (360) , or TDD Relay at 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.

Application Process

Intrigued? We’d love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
2. A current resume.
3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

DO NOT attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected.  These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214 (redact SSN).

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