Suicide Prevention Education Assistant

Hours: Part-time up to 30 hours/week
Schedule: Flexible
Compensation: $15.00/hour
Closing Date: August 1, 2020

Rattle the Stars is a non-profit organization providing community-based suicide prevention services to Champaign County.  We believe that goal of suicide prevention is not just to prevent death, but also to promote living by creating a culture that supports emotional wellness for everyone.  Our services center the needs of those experiencing suicide, guided by compassion and cultural awareness.  The Education Assistant will advance our mission to prevent suicide by collaborating with schools, businesses, and organizations to train youth and adults in strengths-based, trauma-informed, culturally relevant suicide intervention skills, and providing training to volunteers, including training in active listening and crisis intervention skills.  The Education Assistant reports to the Executive Director.


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Maintain knowledge of suicide and suicide prevention strategies and resources.
  • Establish relationships with schools, businesses, religious organizations, and community organizations to schedule and provide suicide intervention trainings.
  • Prepare and conduct or assist with suicide intervention training sessions with youth (K-12) and adults in various settings.
  • Prepare and conduct or assist with training sessions for volunteers.
  • Provide emotional support and crisis intervention to clients.
  • Foster a supportive and validating environment in which everyone feels affirmed.
  • Administer evaluation tools and surveys, enter collected data, and analyze and generate reports.
  • Represent Rattle the Stars at community events and activities.
  • Complete reports to document services and activities.
  • Maintain supplies of materials.
  • Complete professional development and ongoing training.
  • Regularly meet with and provide reports and updates to the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a social service related field (e.g. psychology, sociology, social work, anthropology, cultural studies) preferred, but will consider as equivalent 5+ years of relevant experience or a combination of education and experience
  • Experience with public speaking or conducting workshops/trainings with youth and adults preferred
  • Ability to connect to and interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to provide emotional support and crisis intervention
  • Must be compassionate, empathetic, and have unconditional positive regard
  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer skills, including PowerPoint and Excel, and operating projectors and smart boards
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must pass DCFS background check
  • Preference will be given to bi-lingual (English and Spanish or French) candidates


Application Instructions
Send a resume and cover letter to Kim Bryan, Executive Director, at kbryan@rattlethestars.org.  Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2020.

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