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Director, Curricula and Research

National Council for Behavioral Health
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Position Summary


Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use disorders, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and overviews common supports. This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health or substance use crisis through a 5-step action plan, with the ultimate goal of connecting persons to appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

The Director, Curricula and Research will be the lead responsible for all curriculum products, as well as a robust evaluation and research portfolio. 

Position Duties and Responsibilities
Curriculum Development

  • Manage the updates to existing curricula and development of new curricula.
  • Ensure that all Mental Health First Aid supplementary curricula products (such as, but not limited to, modules) are current and that new modules are aligned with public need and programmatic business goals. 
  • On a continual basis, identify and engage internal and external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) related to Mental Health First Aid curricula and learning model in order to proactively identify and address gaps.
  • Develop a Curricula Update process to ensure that all Mental Health First Aid curricula products meet evidence based excellent standards of quality, fidelity, research, and engagement of learners.
  • Develop a quality assurance process for continual improvement of all curriculum products based on instructor and participant feedback.
  • Develop knowledge assessments to measure participant learning and application of skills to inform new product development.
  • Work with the Mental Health First Aid staff to develop best practice mechanisms to bring new curricula products to market.
  • Assist in the development of proposals used to acquire funding for new curricula development.
  • As requested, speak at conferences about Mental Health First Aid’s curricula.

Research and Evaluation

  • Develop and manage a research and evaluation roadmap to guide Mental Health First Aid curricula.
  • Coordinate effective evaluation and research to develop an American base of evidence to determine program effectiveness.  Question: undertake or coordinate external evaluations
  • Routinely assess the need for new product development and create opportunities for collaboration.


  • The successful candidate for this position will start with one direct report (Manager, Curriculum Development) and will have the ability to grow the team in scale with the program.
  • Manage a number of consultants and vendors.
  • As directed, work on cross-cutting projects with other Directors on the Mental Health First Aid team to ensure the execution of the MHFA Strategic Plan.
  • Initiate ideas to improve all areas of the program.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in related field required (i.e. Curriculum Development, Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Education, and/or a Mental Health professional).
  • 10+ years of program management and development experience in related field.
  • Experience with training and eLearning project management.
  • Significant demonstrated experience in training and curricula design.
  • Experience with LMS platforms and eLearning development is an asset.
  • Significant academic experience in research and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of accessibility as it relates to Section508 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
  • Established network of SMEs in health, mental health and or addictions is an asset.


Additional Attributes:

  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills with superior attention to detail.
  • Strong organization and analytic skills, with demonstrated problem-solving success.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Support others while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the National Council for Behavioral Health.
  • Influence others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Set priorities, develop a work schedule, and monitor progress towards goals. 
  • Assess options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the Mental Health First Aid Program.
  • Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external clients to meet or exceed their expectations within organizational parameters.  
  • High level proficiency in Microsoft Office—MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.


Organization Overview:

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 2,800-member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. To learn more about the National Council, visit www.TheNationalCouncil.org.

National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

National Council for Behavioral Health uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please contact 


Posted: 2018-11-28 Expires: 2018-12-28

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