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TITLE:               Instructor

Reports to:       Program Director

Seasonal (school year)

LifeAct is a local nonprofit that provides depression awareness and suicide prevention education for middle and high school students. The Program Instructor delivers LifeAct’s signature programs. These programs teach the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. Students learn how to identify these signs within themselves and others and seek help. Program Instructors connect students who may need assistance to designated school staff. They do not diagnose or treat students.

Program Instructor Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a Team of Instructors to deliver LifeAct’s signature program throughout Ohio and help market LifeAct’s prevention education program to area schools. 
  • Instruct students in our 1-day self-care program and our 2-day middle school and high school programs.
  • Learn and deliver the evidence-based QPR, Question, Persuade and Refer 1 hour programming for adults.
  • Maintain & produce necessary documentation and paperwork. 

Program Instructor Key Functions:

  • Act as an in-classroom guest instructor to high school & middle schools. Present two-session per class (on consecutive days) with the prescribed curriculum.
  • Connect students who “come forward” with symptoms of major depression or suicidal ideation to appropriate contact person in school (Guidance Counselor, School Nurse, Administrator or Outside Agency Counselor).  Document all students who express suicidal ideation, symptoms of depression or other mental health issues. 
  • Complete documentation and paperwork.  
  • Promote LifeAct Community Events at schools served.
  • Promote Youth Advisory Board at schools served.
  • Attend staff meetings, in-service training sessions and other meetings as scheduled.
  • Provide data input pertaining to students served, students reported, and other key metrics, in a timely manner. 

Program Instructor Skills & Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of mental health and adolescent development.
  • Teaching experience in middle and high school grades; in-school or out-of-school.
  • Experience with school culture and dynamics.
  • Ability to engage and create partnerships with schools.
  • Knowledge of MS Outlook (email, shared calendars), MS Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Apple iPad functionality (these are used to deliver programming)
  • Willingness to learn, adapt & troubleshoot technology independently.
  • Maturity, reliability, high energy and ability to work independently. 
  • Self-starter and willingness to work flexible hours.   
  • Reliable transportation, current Ohio driver’s license and auto insurance. 
  • A background check will be required for this position. 

Reliable transportation, current Ohio driver’s license and auto insurance.  (LifeAct reimburses mileage at IRS rate.)  Willingness to work flexible hours.  A background check will be required for this position 

Organization Description

LifeAct is a non-profit, with a mission to prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of depression and to come forward seeking professional help for themselves or others. This early identification helps to initiate the first step in getting assistance – connecting those students with the appropriate professionals. Our program is taught in more than 200 schools by trained instructors and benefits more than 25,000 students a year.


TITLE:           Major Gifts Officer

Reports to:    CEO

STATUS:      Full-time, exempt

General Description of Duties

The Major Gifts Officer at LifeAct is a leadership team member, reporting to the Executive Director. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for strengthening and diversifying LifeAct's funding sources primarily through the cultivation of large gifts from individuals, foundations & institutions.  These will encompass large annual fund donations, planned giving pledges, Endowment gifts and grants.

Primary Responsibilities

Major Gift/Planned Giving Cultivation:

Leads the planning, design, and execution of LifeAct's fund development strategies for LifeAct's Director-focused giving campaign, particularly those donors who have demonstrated significant support for the mission of LifeAct and desire an increased opportunity to insure long-term success of our mission

With Board, Executive Director, and individual Board Committees:

  • Ensure that all fund development goals are met for large individual donors, including; prospect identification, cultivation/solicitation of new, large donors, and re-solicitation/maintenance of current donors.
  • Establish and coordinate meetings with prospective donors and key staff and Board members
  • Develop themes & sponsorship packages for LifeAct's fundraising events
  • Participate on the LifeAct Marketing & Advancement Committee to ensure that Board-established priorities and strategies are implemented and achieved

Foundational & Corporate Giving

  • Develop & implement strategies that facilitate increased Corporate giving and participation, including identification of Corporate Foundation resources and giving officers.  Maintain regular contact with key decision makers
  • Working directly with our Grant Writers, identify potential grant funding sources and initiate regular, in-person meetings with the key Foundation members.


  • Working directly with the Endowment Committee and the Chair, establish the guidelines, procedures, documentation and collateral materials for successful growth of the Endowment
  • Coordinates meetings with potential donors and provides feedback and follow up to Endowment Chair
  • Insures that all necessary documentation is supplied and properly completed to support Endowment pledges
  • Monitors progress towards goals and reports on strategy and attainment to the Committee

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, business administration, or related field plus 5 years of successful fundraising experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven track record in developing and managing comprehensive fundraising programs that incorporate individual, corporate, and major donor giving, including Endowment Campaigns
  • Demonstrated success at closing major gifts from individuals and/or corporations.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and familiarity with donor database software, (preferably DonorPerfect)
  • Ability to work flexible hours, occasionally including evenings and weekends, as needed to meet organization’s needs.


  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Some travel may be required (minimal but possible overnight travel 3-6 times per year).
  • Applicant will submit to standard pre-employment testing and background verification.

********************************************************************************************************* LifeAct: LifeAct is a Northeast Ohio nonprofit, pursuing suicide prevention through education in middle and high schools.  Our trained instructors deliver programming to more than 200 middle and high schools, educating teens about anxiety, depression, and the warning signs for suicide.   We are a small office environment comprised of very committed team players. We are located in Chagrin Falls, OH.

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