Project Aware Suicide Prevention Specialist

Recruitment #190729-UNCE-383


Office of Student Support, Oliver Hodge Building, Oklahoma City, OK

Under general supervision and in accordance with federal and state laws, rules and regulations of the State Board of Education, this position will serve as the Suicide Prevention Specialist for Oklahoma Project Aware. In conjunction with the Director of Prevention, AWARE Program Manager and Executive Director of Counseling, the position will oversee statewide suicide prevention programs and support with specific focus in the AWARE grant school districts. Assist in the implementation of Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) initiatives and applicable legislation; make recommendations for change; and perform related OSDE duties as assigned.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is funded through a federally awarded grant that will expire on September 30, 2023. It is the goal of the Oklahoma State Department of Education to apply for additional funding opportunities as they become available.

• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling, school psychology, public health or a closely related field [official transcript(s) required].; and
• Possession of a valid Oklahoma certificate in school counseling, school psychology, or closely related field preferred;
• LPC, LCSW, or LADC licensure preferred but not required.

• Thorough knowledge of state and federal school laws, rules and regulations;
• Considerable knowledge of modern education techniques, methods and practices, current trends,  sources of information in the field of education;
• Considerable knowledge of evidence-based suicide prevention programs, intervention techniques and postvention supports;
• Strong communication and organizational skills;
• Ability to lead and direct the work of others; to establish and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees, school officials and the general public; to express facts and opinions clearly and concisely; to engage in several projects simultaneously;
• Commitment to teamwork, consensus management and participatory decision-making processes; commitment and willingness to provide courteous, consistent, efficient service through the performance of the prescribed job duties;
• This position requires the skill of presenting to large audiences and knowledge of effective distribution of information to schools through such avenues as creating and implementing video conference workshops, webinars, one-on-one district service trainings, and professional development.

• Consult with the Executive Director of Counseling,  Director of Prevention and AWARE Program Manager on a regular basis to provide updates on statewide suicide prevention trainings and supports;
• Provide training that will include strengthening access and delivery of suicide prevention resources, including reducing provider shortages in AWARE grant districts, and creating safer environments through systems change;
• Create protective environments in the AWARE grant districts and statewide by helping implement community-based policies to reduce excessive substance abuse, improve school district policies and culture, and reduce access to lethal means among students;
• Promote connectedness within the AWARE grant districts and statewide by creating peer norm programs, and community engagement activities;
• Teach coping and problem-solving skills to students through social-emotional learning programs and improve parent skills through family relationship programs;
• Identify and support students at-risk by providing gatekeeper and crisis intervention training to district faculty, and by seeking treatment for AWARE students;
• Serve on the state level Crisis Intervention Team;
• Consult and plan with the Student Support Team; and
• Assist with greater alignment of evidenced-based professional development provided to schools through the Ok Project Aware grant and the Oklahoma Every Student Succeeds Act Plan.


General office setting

N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this position
O (Occasionally) - Position requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 – 2.5+ hrs/day)
F (Frequently) - Position requires this activity from 33%-66% of the time (2.5 – 5.5 hrs/day)
C (Constantly) - Position requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

10 lbs or less F
11-20 lbs F
21-50 lbs O
51-100 lbs N
Over 100 lbs N

Physical Demands 
Stand F
Walk F
Sit F
Listen F
Grasp O
Reach Outward O
Reach Over Shoulder O
Speak F
Climb O
Crawl O
Squat or Kneel O
Bend O

Frequent in state travel required.



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No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.