Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches people how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps participants identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Mental Health First Aid is undertaking a significant revision of its curriculum across all product lines and is continually seeking opportunities to develop new curriculum in line with the needs of the American public. The Director, Education and Research will be the lead responsible for all curriculum products, as well as a robust evaluation and research portfolio.
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lead the revision of the core Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health First Aid for Adults that Interact with Youth curricula.
Develop a Curricula Update Protocol to ensure that all Mental Health First Aid curricula products meet evidence based excellent standards of quality, fidelity, research, and engagement of learners.
Ensure that all Mental Health First Aid supplementary curricula products (such as, but not limited to, modules) are current and that new modules are aligned with public need and programmatic business goals.
On a continual basis, identify and engage subject matter experts related to Mental Health First Aid curricula and learning model in order to proactively identify and address gaps.
Develop a process for continual improvement of all curriculum products based on instructor and participant feedback.
Develop knowledge assessments to measure participant learning and application of skills to inform new product development.
Work with the Director, Operations and Director, Instructor Engagement and Support to develop best practice mechanisms to bring new curricula products to market.
Assist in the development of proposals used to acquire funding for new curricula development.
Lead the development of all new curricula.
As requested, speak at conferences about Mental Health First Aid’s curricula.
Research and Evaluation
Develop a research and evaluation roadmap to guide Mental Health First Aid curricula.
Coordinate effective evaluation and research to develop an American base of evidence to determine program effectiveness. Question: undertake or coordinate external evaluations
Routinely assess the need for new product development and create opportunities for collaboration.
The successful candidate for this position will start with one direct report (Manager, Curriculum Development) and will have the ability to grow the team in scale with the program.
Manage a number of consultants and vendors.
As directed, work on cross-cutting projects with other Directors on the Mental Health First Aid team to ensure the execution of the MHFA Strategic Plan.
Initiate ideas to improve all areas of the program.
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in related field required (i.e. Curriculum Development and Instruction, Education).
Significant academic experience in research and evaluation.
10+ years of program management and development experience in related field.
Significant demonstrated experience in curriculum design. Experience with LMS platforms and online learning design is an asset.
Established network of SMEs in health, mental health and or addictions.
The Director must demonstrate the following abilities:
Support others while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Influence others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Set priorities, develop a work schedule, and monitor progress towards goals.
Assess options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the Mental Health First Aid Program.
Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within organizational parameters.
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 2,800 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vuln...erable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.