MHFA Trainer

Posting Number: #1819

Position Title: MHFA Trainer

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Oakland, CA (Hybrid)

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Position Summary

Cypress Resilience Project is a program at Public Health Institute that focuses on community-based trainings in Mental Health First Aid certification, trauma informed practices and grief recovery. Founded in 2019, the team provides trainings to varied partners including but not limited to: health professionals, educators, community-based organizations, corporate clients and public health agencies. Cypress is currently in a growth phase and looking to expand its services and team.

The MHFA Trainer will teach Mental Health First Aid Certification courses and support curriculum and materials development for Cypress Resilience Project. This position will report to the Program Director and Deputy Director.

This is a hybrid (remote and in-person) position that will require availability to conduct trainings using online platforms and in person.

This is a part-time, up to 0.475 FTE (up to 19 hours/week), position that is expected to work in-person in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. The individual hired for this job must reside within a 50-mile radius of Oakland, CA, and be available to work onsite as required.

Full pay range for this position: $27.57 to $39.31 per hour. The typical hiring range for this position is from $27.57 (minimum) to $33.44 (midpoint) per hour. The starting wage is determined based on the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach and co-teach Adult Mental Health First Aid classes in alignment with the Cypress Resilience Project brand and style:
    • Conduct MHFA training sessions in-person and using online platforms.
    • Report attendance and track participant engagement during classes.
    • Distribute survey and evaluation documents and links to participants.
  • Support the development of training curriculum, content and materials related to Mental Health, Trauma and Grief.
  • Attend Cypress Team Meetings as necessary, including MHFA instructor meetings to discuss best practices and participant feedback.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years of experience in training, heath education, mental health, trauma, wellness, or other related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, or substitute with four additional years of relevant experience.

Other Qualifications

  • Available to teach MHFA courses in a 6-hour block and in a split course format across 2 days (3 hours each day) during regular business hours.
  • Available on an established schedule as coordinated with the Cypress training team.
  • Must be a certified Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor or willing to be trained AND can be certified as an MHFA Instructor with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing within 30 days of hire. Must be able to attend the multiple-day training and meet certification requirements as scheduled.
  • Experience leading/facilitating classes and trainings in person and on online platforms.
  • Ability to answer questions and provide technical assistance to training participants.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Google Suite, and other online platforms.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience collaborating on a team working toward articulated group norms and goals.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with a focus on mutuality, transparency, kindness, and respect for all team members.
  • Ability to serve diverse populations with respect and culturally responsive practices.
  • Expressed commitment to building community resilience and skills that support people experiencing a mental health challenge, trauma and grief.
  • Multi-lingual skills preferred but not required.
  • Experience developing and planning curriculum with a mental health focus a plus.



This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.



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New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.


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