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We know that working in suicide prevention can be tough. We also know it can be very rewarding. If you’re looking for a change, check out our open positions below. We’d love to receive your application today!
Apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Be sure to include the position title and your name in the subject line. We look forward to receiving your application!
Currently, all Samaritans employees are working remotely. Applicants should be aware that positions will be temporarily remote. It is anticipated that the Samaritans office located in Downtown Boston will reopen in 2021 at which time employees will return, with some flexibility.
Browse through the sections below for our open positions.
ABOUT THE POSITION
One of Samaritans’ core program areas is our Grief Support Services (GSS). To support survivors in their grieving, Samaritans offers suicide loss survivors nonjudgmental listening and peer support through the following services:
- SafePlace Support Groups – virtual and in-person (when Covid restrictions are lifted) support groups for suicide loss survivors
- Survivor-to-Survivor Visits – Peer led visits for loss survivors virtually or in-person
- “Understanding Your Grief” presentations – virtual or on-site presentations to help people understand what to expect in the grieving process and to provide information on how to cope with traumatic loss
- The Annual Memorial – A non-denominational service for loss survivors to remember and memorialize their loved ones
- Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) – An active postvention model that involves proactively responding to a suicide to provide immediate support to loved ones
The Director of Grief Support Services provides leadership and oversight to all GSS programs and staff, and fosters a positive and supportive environment for staff, volunteers, and suicide loss survivors. The Director works with clinical leadership to develop best practices, create departmental plans, and measure program results. The Director will also research additional programs being offered across the country and recommend ways that Samaritans can expand its grief support services into new areas.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (ADMINISTRATIVE)
- Participate as a senior member of the agency’s program management team
- Develop and implement plans and objectives for the department in an effective and innovative fashion
- Oversee and coordinate daily operations
- Maintain compliance with external regulations and internal policies
- Assess and report progress to executive team and board in meeting department objectives
- Manage department staffing needs (e.g. interviewing, hiring, new hire and ongoing training, annual evaluations, etc.)
- Participate in budget development and monitoring of expenses
- Build and maintain strategic partnerships/collaborations with other organizations to advance Samaritans goals
- Oversee events and conferences as needed
- Establish Samaritans as a thought leader in the suicide prevention and postvention field through participation in conferences, papers, etc.
- Develop communication and public awareness campaigns to support Samaritans Grief Support Services
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (CLINICAL)
- Demonstrates the knowledge and ability to respond to a community crisis situation with appropriate skills and interventions as needed for the individuals involved in a variety of situations
- Demonstrates knowledge of trauma informed service delivery
- Demonstrates knowledge of the grief process and the impact of grief on family systems
- Demonstrates knowledge of the group process and the ability to facilitate group discussions
- Demonstrates exceptional skill in counseling grieving people
- Knowledge of and ability to assess suicidal ideation
- Works with people seeking grief support services in a non-judgmental manner to facilitate anticipatory grief and to educate
- Some local travel for contact with survivors and for industry related conferences as well as visits to other agencies, board members, donors and event sites as necessary
- Lifting/moving of supplies and being outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather, for events
- Flexibility in meeting changing demands while maintaining a positive attitude is essential
- Flexibility in working hours appropriate to meet responsibilities is required
- Successfully completes Samaritans’ staff Befriending Training
- Master’s degree in Human Services with a major concentration in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or Health Related Field
- Minimum of five years of professional experience in a social service agency
- Minimum of three years of management/supervisory experience
- Loss Survivor (individual who has lost someone to suicide) experience preferred
- LCSW, LICSW, LMHC or other license in mental health field preferred
- Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
- Strong communication skills, including the ability to make effective and persuasive presentations to volunteers, staff, industry peers, board members, donors and others as required
- Adept at interacting with others in person, over the phone, on zoom, or via email
- Resolving conflicts and internal issues appropriately, providing difficult feedback to volunteers
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
- Experience with Salesforce preferred
- Strong analytical thinking and organizational skills
- Detail oriented and able to accomplish tasks within prescribed time frames
SALARY & BENEFITS
- $75,000 – $90,000
- Employer matched 401(k) Plan
- Short and Long-Term Disability coverage as well as Life Insurance
- Health (Samaritans covers 85% of premium), Dental (Samaritans covers 90% of premium) and Vision insurance
- Healthcare and Childcare FSA, Commuter Benefits and Employee Assistance Program
- Generous Vacation (New hires start with 10 days), Sick (8 days) and Personal Time Off (5 days)
- Paid Family Medical Leave benefits
- 14 paid holidays
- Direct deposit payroll
Currently all Samaritans employees are working remotely. Applicants should be aware that this position is currently remote. It is anticipated that the Samaritans office, located in Downtown Boston, hope to reopen in 2021 at which time employees will return with flexibility per agreement with their supervisor and after a period of onboarding for new hires.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your resume (saved as Lastname_resume) and brief cover letter* (saved as Lastname_coverletter) explaining your interest in the position, and how you learned about this opportunity. Email to [email protected] with “Director, Grief Support Services” in the subject line.
*Applications that are missing a resume or cover letter may not be considered.
Browse through the sections below for the different internships we offer.
Samaritans is seeking a motivated Special Events Intern for 10-20 hours per week who enjoys a growth-oriented environment to oversee aspects of our annual fundraising events.
- Support the Development Director and Special Events Manager as needed for special events such as/but not limited to: the 5K Run/Walk (September), the Breakfast for Hope Event (April/May), Boston Marathon Team (April/October), and other donor driven events
- Help to provide direct support to 5K Team Captains, HopeRaisers, and others who commit to fundraising in support of Samaritans
- Support event sponsorship management and acquisition
- Work with the 5K fundraising platform where needed (Classy)
- Support the Boston Marathon Team
- Create blog and social media posts for fundraising events
- Work with the Development Team to strategize and implement marketing plans for events
- Assist with other projects as they arise
This position requires strong written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work well with all types of people. Organizational skills and an attention to detail are a must. Other helpful characteristics are being flexible, taking initiative, and having a cooperative spirit. Special Events can sometimes be hectic, so having a positive attitude and a sense of humor is essential.
This position is unpaid, but we will work with the candidate for the internship to count towards college credit.
Please send your resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position to [email protected] with “Special Events Intern” in the subject line.
Samaritans is currently seeking interns to staff our 24/7 Helpline. Successful candidates will possess the ability to empathize with others and have strong listening skills. No previous experience is required; all interns receive training that will equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide emotional support to callers. We offer a traditional 9 -onth commitment of a few hours a week as well as accelerated commitments for those who have more time to give within a smaller time frame.
To begin the application process, interested candidates must attend an Information Session and complete an interview with a current staff member or volunteer. Complete our online volunteer inquiry and receive upcoming information session dates. (links to Volunteer on the 24/7 Helpline request form)
Samaritans is seeking a Development Intern for 15-20 hours per week who enjoys a growth-oriented environment to oversee aspects of our annual fundraising activities.
- Provide general support to the Development Team on a variety of projects, including the Boston Marathon (April) and Breakfast for Hope (May)
- Support the Database Manager in overseeing functions of donor database (Salesforce) management, including inputting new contacts, and ensuring accuracy of records and information entered, and updating donor information
- Participate in weekly Development team meetings
- Research donors and potential donors
- Provide grant proposal support to the Grants contractor and Chief Development Officer
- Assist with other projects as they arise
This position requires strong written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work well with all types of people. Organizational skills and an attention to detail are a must, as well as the ability to work independently within the framework of a given project. Flexibility, optimism and a cooperative spirit in a sometimes hectic working environment are all very helpful characteristics. Dedication to Samaritans’ mission is a must. This position is unpaid, but we will work with the candidate for the internship to count towards college credit. The position can be extended for the entire school year.
Please send your resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position to [email protected] with “Development Intern” in the subject line.
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Samaritans is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring staff who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Candidates of color, bilingual, and bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Samaritans will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including race, age, color, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), sex, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breastfeeding), creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, any veteran status, citizenship status, any military service or application for military service, genetic testing or carrier status in any other category protected under the law.