The Disaster Behavioral Health Specialist provides consultation to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) as well as technical assistance in program planning, literature reviews, maintenance of an extensive resource library, accessing a cadre of expert consultants, and the brokering of knowledge and support.
- Provides technical assistance (TA) over the phone, in person, and via e-mail to States, Territories, and federally-recognized Tribes on disaster behavioral health and disaster preparedness. Engages in rapid deployment if necessary, to respond to acute disaster needs, providing immediate TA, support, and materials dissemination to assigned program.
- Serves as a technical expert on emergency management, public health, and behavioral health issues and coordinates the completion of complex TA requests on disaster behavioral health preparedness and response needs.
- Delivers TA and program support along with materials dissemination to recipients of sponsored or affiliated grants concerning grant guidelines, reporting format, and content requirements.
- Participates in and supports grant site visits, attends and supports off-site program trainings, and participates in national and regional conferences as assigned.
- Brokers access to the assigned program cadre of expert consultants and provides support to consultants/trainers deployed.
- Serves as a secondary emergency contact for the program, as needed.
- Applies content background, experience, and skill set to support the development of TA guidance materials, serving as content expert to both the client and our internal materials development team. This will include writing content for materials and publications while adhering to GPO style and plain language style standards, often under tight deadlines and time constraints
- Conducts literature reviews, Web-based searches, and/or materials development or identification in response to specific TA requests or product development needs.
- Provides expert content development for training curricula and materials, and conducts training for National, State, SAMHSA grantee, and regional audiences.
- Develops and delivers presentations to National, State, SAMHSA grantee, and regional audiences that are based on evidence-based research, reflect current national emergency preparedness and response approaches, anticipate emergent trends and risks, and are targeted to meet the identified TA needs of recipients.
- Attends federal and non-federal meetings and conferences as a representative of assigned program area.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree with social science, mental health, or public health emphasis with a minimum of 6 years’ experience in at least two of the following related disciplines: behavioral health, public health, emergency preparedness or response, or crisis counseling or Master’s degree in related discipline with a minimum or 4 years’ experience in at least two of the following related disciplines: behavioral health, public health, emergency preparedness or response, or crisis counseling.
- A solid knowledge of federal government and program contracting regulations.
- Spanish speaking ability is preferred.
- Knowledge of substance use disorders and related issues such as the opioid crisis preferred.
- Education or prior work experience regarding adults with serious mental illness (SMI) or children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) preferred.
- Experience managing complex tasks in a timely manner from inception to completion, including careful oversight of deliverables and oversight of staff. Strong organizational skills are key along with high attention-to-detail.
- Adhering to tight deadlines and producing error-free, high-quality deliverables.
- Being self-motivated and able to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously, problem-solve independently, and respond quickly to changing priorities while meeting deadlines.
- Having a customer-centric focus, demonstrating your ability to build and retain long-term client relationships and holding a strong commitment to client satisfaction. building skills and abilities.
- Proficiency of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Availability to work extended hours in the case of a national emergency.
- Freedom to travel up to 25 percent of time.
Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.
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