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Assistant Program Director - Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast

Assistant Program Director - Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast


The Assistant Program Director, under the direction of the Program Director and in collaboration with other staff members will provide leadership, supervision and support to program managers and other program staff in developing and implementing the Program’s short and long-term efforts. This position is responsible for the supporting identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of community partnerships, projects, grants and special projects. The Assistant Director provides direct supervision to the Education and Outreach Manager and oversees volunteers, the Suicide Loss Survivors Program and special events.

Salary: $35-$40/hour (salaried, exempt)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with Program Director, Manager and program staff, create and manage an annual engagement plan, establishing benchmarks for program development and evaluation including project campaigns, scheduling, monitoring, and maintaining budgets.
  • Ensure timely and accurate tracking of planned and completed community outreach and education activities including name or organization, primary contact, type of outreach, number of participants, demographics and collection of satisfaction survey data.
  • Schedule and conduct educational presentations and trainings for youth and adult populations, as well as service providers, throughout the tri-county area, utilizing the curricula and procedures established for these activities. and providing occasional support to attendees.
  • Gain certification as an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK workshop facilitator and contribute to delivering these evidence-based workshops throughout the tri-county area
  • Responsible for the orientation of program volunteers/interns.
  • Works closely with Suicide Loss Survivors (SLS) Program Manager, group facilitators, volunteers and staff to expand outreach, impact and depth of SLS program.
  • Assist in the implementation and updating of policies, procedures, and service delivery systems in compliance established standards.
  • Develop outreach activities that promote SPS’s resources and services, and building coalitions with a wide range of organizations, enterprises, and networks, as well as collaborating on projects and campaigns
  • Represent the organization externally in program related activities and events
  • Managing inventory for marketing, collateral and training materials.
  • Represent Suicide Prevention Service programs professionally and provide timely and relevant information, resources and referrals at community events, such as tabling opportunities, public health fairs and networking opportunities with other service providers.
  • Designs and develops compelling training curriculum and materials appropriate to the audience level and needs
  • Scheduling and facilitating weekly staff meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Other Abilities:

  • Significant knowledge and experience relating to suicide and suicide prevention and post-venation.
  • Experience supervising staff with responsibility for hiring, training, development and performance management
  • Understanding and experience with training methods, group facilitation, networking, and public speaking.
  • Budgets and forecasting
  • Project and program development, management and planning and implementation.
  • Exceptional professional public speaking skills
  • Possess ability to write and communicate ideas clearly, succinctly and professionally
  • Excellent staff and volunteer supervision skills.
  • Ability to compassionately identify with and respond to personal and emotional issues.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation. Will be required to frequently deliver trainings and attend meetings and activities in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties as needed.
  • Proof of auto insurance


  • Able to multi-task while prioritizing workload
  • Bilingual verbal & written English-Spanish skills strongly preferred
  • Utilize and can exemplify tools or strategies for maintaining self-care and personal wellbeing to implement work/life balance
  • Willingness to work non-traditional hours, including evenings and weekends.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before community groups or employees of agency.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree with two years of related experience, or High School graduate with four years of related experience.

Work Schedule

The schedule is 40 hours/week and flexible, including regular work during the weekday and periodic weekday evenings and weekend activities.

Work Location (in-person)

Santa Cruz Office (50% time)

Salinas Office (50%)

Work Environment:

We are pleased to offer a balance of remote and in-office work and understand that helpers are humans too, with a life outside of work. To that end, our program strives to place self-awareness and self-care at the heart of our work. We choose to embrace a culture that allows us to have full and vibrant lives while doing work that is both challenging and uniquely rewarding. It is not always an easy balance. We work to support one another in developing and strengthening our self-awareness, boundary-setting, and our personal and professional self-care coping skills. This work is most satisfying for those who thrive in dynamic work environments, have a high degree of emotional intelligence, are invested in personal growth, committed to cultural and linguistic diversity and humility, and, ultimately, looking to do good in the world, for others and ourselves.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Family Service Agency of the Central Coast is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $35.00 - $40.00 per hour

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Santa Cruz, CA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)


  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 75% (Required)

Work Location: In person

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