We're Hiring

We would love to have you join our team based out of Des Moines, Iowa. 

Current open positions:

Director of Community Development & Training (Application closes 3/15/21 4:59p)

Youth Programming Assistant (Application closes 3/8/2021 4:59p)

Director of Community Development & Training

Please Pass the Love and Mid America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) are seeking to hire a full-time employee to work collaboratively for both organizations.  The position will be housed within the Please Pass the Love in Des Moines, Iowa. 


Please Pass the Love is a nationally award-winning organization for their work in school mental health. Our vision and mission is to empower school communities to embrace and sustain mental health and wellness supports by providing evidence based and culturally responsive strategies through: education, leadership, and advocacy.  More information can be found at: www.pleasepassthelove.org


The SAMHSA funded Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) serves the four states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri with a focus on providing training and technical assistance in the implementation of evidence-based interventions in pediatric integrated care, school mental health, serious mental illness and behavioral health workforce development. Our training and TA in schools focuses on building comprehensive systems of school mental health programming that are sustainable. More information can be found at: https://mhttcnetwork.org/centers/mid-america-mhttc/home


Job Description

  • Attend state, regional, and local meetings to build collaborations and partnerships on behalf of both entities.

  • Attend and present at conferences, expos, and events as a representative of PPTL & MHTTC

  • Build relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with schools, agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders across Iowa.

  • Advocate for culturally responsive and intersectional school mental health


  • Facilitate culturally conscious comprehensive school mental health systems work for schools using the Interconnected Systems Framework

  • Collect school-wide data from students, staff, and families and conduct data analysis

  • Facilitate school/district action planning using data-driven decision making and write school/district action plans

  • Train school staff using dynamic and highly engaging school mental health presentations on a variety of related topics including developing sustainable school systems, trauma-sensitive schools, suicide prevention, social emotional learning, brain disorders, building relationships, racial & cultural trauma, reducing undesired behaviors, etc.

  • Assist in teaching courses through the PPTL Online School Mental Health Academy

  • Help to plan and organize the Annual Midwest School Mental Health Conference


  • Participate in training and ongoing professional development to become proficient in MHTTC school mental health training content.  

  • Assist in the recruitment, training and technical assistance offered to local schools/districts regarding building comprehensive school mental health systems.

  • Assist with local, regional, and state-wide data collection efforts to inform and evaluate training initiatives

  • Assist the team with development or adaptation of school mental health training content/new material to ensure it fits the local context and needs.

  • Attend regular MHTTC team meetings to communicate about state-wide needs and initiatives and opportunities for training and TA.


  • REQUIRED A Master’s Degree in education, school psychology, social work, or something relevant

  • REQUIRED At least five years of experience working in a school

  • REQUIRED The ability to travel around Iowa regularly (estimated at least 50% of the time) with travel expenses paid

  • REQUIRED Strong background and understanding of how racial & cultural equity, intersectionality, and social justice relate to mental health. 

  • Preferred Experience with Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF)

  • Preferred Dynamic & engaging public speaker

  • Preferred Experience in data collection and data analysis in a school setting

  • Preferred Strong writing skills including professional reports

  • Preferred Creative, self-motivated, and desire to build strong relationships with collaborative partners to advance school mental health


  • $55,000 with fully paid individual medical and dental insurance

  • Paid professional development opportunities

  • Paid mileage and travel expenses


Please direct questions to jen@pleasepassthelove.org

Youth Programming Assistant

The Youth Programming Assistant is responsible for recruiting, launching, and maintaining middle school and high school Stomp Out Stigma (SOS) clubs. Our clubs are launched throughout the state with the goal of giving students a voice in their schools in order to make positive changes to ensure every student feels safe, welcomed, included, and loved. Clubs work towards promoting healthy coping skills, self-care, leadership, and mental health awareness within their school and community. 

The assistant regularly attends as many of the SOS club meetings as possible, help with collective problem solving, build creative thinking with groups, build relationships with students and SOS Advisors, and keeps data on groups for data reporting. Assistant helps develop curriculums and programming for groups to use. 

The assistant also helps with other areas of our youth programming including: Youth Advisory Board, Youth Leadership Summit, Youth Mental Health Conference, Self-care and mental health student workshops, and attending youth events.

Applicants must be at least a junior in college or already graduated and pursuing a career in education or social services. Applicants must have a vested interest in mental health awareness. We are searching for a reliable, organized, and dedicated person to fill this role.

Pay is $15/hour and will be 10-15 hours per week. We are based out of Des Moines, Iowa. For questions, please email emmalee@pleasepassthelove.org

Contact Us

PHONE: 515.441-9419
EMAIL: info@pleasepassthelove.org

PO Box 66024

West Des Moines, IA 50265

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