Job Postings

Project Associate II

December 20, 2017

Job Type



US Division


HQ: Waltham, MA; Office: Washington, DC

Job Details


EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms.  EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC has a commitment to promoting equity and access to high quality education and health services that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. EDC expresses its commitment to increasing equity through its strategies, services and products, which contribute to building capacity and transforming lives.

EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The Zero Suicide Institute in the Injury, Violence, and Suicide Prevention Portfolio (U.S. Division) has an opening for a Senior Project Associate [Project Associate (II)], reporting to the Associate Director for Programs and serving as tribal lead for the Zero Suicide Institute. The job can be done remotely, or based out of our Waltham, MA or Washington DC office.

The Zero Suicide Institute at EDC ( guides organizations in their implementation of Zero Suicide. The programmatic approach of Zero Suicide is based on the realization that suicidal individuals often fall through the cracks in a sometimes fragmented and distracted health care system. The Zero Suicide framework is a bundled, systemwide, and comprehensive approach that focuses on continuous quality improvement and patient safety. It is based on the awareness that there are evidence-based and best practices available for health care organizations to employ that improve care and save lives. The Institute provides in-person and virtual consultation and training, and creates resources for health care organizations focusing on strategies to embed safer suicide care practices. While the reach and application of the Zero Suicide model continues to evolve, the Zero Suicide Institute currently supports outpatient behavioral health, hospital delivery systems, primary care, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, emergency departments, health plans, and federal agencies.

The ideal candidate understands suicide care in health and behavioral health care settings, with special focus on Indian, Tribal, and Urban (I/T/U) health systems including primary and behavioral health care systems. The candidate also has experience implementing health promotion and prevention efforts in diverse AI/AN communities or health care settings who serve AI/AN individuals. This person should be able to effectively and respectively translate AI/AN world views and indigenous knowledge in the context of improving care for suicidal individuals and provide in-person and virtual consultation for tribal-serving systems, states, and health care systems, etc. The person in this position will also contribute to the adaptation of the current Zero Suicide toolkit to make it more applicable to AI/AN-serving systems as well as create new resources and tools. The individual will join a rapidly growing team who have both unique areas of expertise and are flexible and skilled at providing support to a variety of groups.

While this person will be the Zero Suicide Institute’s point person for many of our AI/AN-focused projects, all our Senior Project Associates work across a variety of settings and this person will also be expected to be comfortable working on non-tribal specific initiatives with states, federal funders, and health and behavioral health systems.


The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

The Project Associate (II) provides consultation about the Zero Suicide model and comprehensive suicide safer care in health and behavioral health settings; typically assigned to multiple, diverse, complex and high-impact projects, involving:

• Managing complex contracts (e.g., documenting, managing resources, assigning work and engaging other staff and external consultants as needed, tracking project deliverables, administrative tasks as needed, and reporting to clients and Zero Suicide Institute leadership)

• Planning and facilitating multi-day events that include senior health care executives and other senior level participants (e.g., tribal leadership, senior federal officials, state-level leaders)

• Working closely with sponsors to ensure event/agenda/speakers meet the specific needs of the participants

• Providing consultation about launching, implementing, sustaining, and evaluating Zero Suicide and comprehensive suicide care in health care organizations, states, and other relevant settings

• Developing curriculum for various settings where comprehensive suicide care is applicable such as outpatient, inpatient, hospital systems, states, primary care, and payers

• Leading virtual learning collaboratives and communities of practice using adult and web-based learning best practices

• Preparing presentations, training, and workshops about health and behavioral health initiatives with particular focus on underrepresented groups such as American Indian, Alaska Native, veterans/military, and rural communities

• Assisting with the promoting the Zero Suicide framework and specifically, the Zero Suicide Institute’s work through attendance at conferences and speaking at national events

• Creating new resources, toolkit content, editing existing content, providing feedback on existing literature and best practices

• Consulting with and fostering relationship with experts in suicide prevention and health care

• Assisting with manuscript development on health care initiatives (e.g., results of Zero Suicide implementation, specific elements of improving suicide care) for publication

The Project Associate (II) provides support to project staff, including:

• serving as backup to manager when needed

• managing project budget

• monitoring contractual compliance

• maintaining records

• preparing recommendations

• drafting performance reports

• writing and developing materials

• disseminating information, including website content

• developing presentations

• managing administrative procedures

• contributing to design and implementation of business monitoring systems

• suggesting ideas for improved efficiency or future focus

• supporting project procurement

• identifying &recruiting technical consultants; developing their scope of work

The Project Associate (II)

• Coordinates administrative and logistical tasks for events or for the development of new resources

• Coordinates project start-up and assists in the creation of project plans and charters

• Facilitates project teamwork and feedback exchanges

• Collaborates on troubleshooting complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions

• Acts as liaison between home offices and field-based staff if needed

• Coordinates communications and project activities

• Expands contacts and strengthens client relationships to others on the team or to external collaborators or funders

• Troubleshoots complex problems, proposing initiatives and recommending or negotiating solutions

• Trains and provides guidance or administrative direction to junior staff; may supervise junior or support staff; may coordinate the work of less experienced staff

• Will lead parts of a project or coordinate sections of larger projects

• Travel is required across the U.S. regularly and frequently throughout the month – between 35% and 50%.

• International travel may be possible but is not required or frequent


This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing and public speaking skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree

• Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & experience strongly preferred

• With Bachelor’s degree, at least 7 years research, public health, social science, consulting, curriculum design, organizational development, or administrative management including solid experience with computer  applications, regional training/consultation/curriculum design

• With Master’s degree, at least 4 years related experience (as above)

• Some supervisory experience preferred

• Demonstrable organizational and troubleshooting skills

• Strong analytical skills and aptitude for details

• Familiarity with health and behavioral health care systems

• Experience and ability to plan, lead, and manage projects independently including the ability to take initiative and manage and prioritize time sensitive tasks while overseeing multiple projects and competing deadlines

• Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships with colleagues, partners, and funders over long distances (virtually)

• Experience or training in cultural translation of public health/prevention/health promotion for AI/AN is a plus

• Experience providing technical assistance or consultation at a larger scale (e.g., tribe-wide, regional, state-side, national)

When applying: Please include a thoughtful cover letter outlining relevant experience and fit for the position.

We strongly encourage individuals from communities disproportionately affected by suicide (e.g., American Indians, Alaska Natives, LGBTQ2S, Military, Veterans, rural) to apply for this position.


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