TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) is a growing team of innovative thinkers committed to youth mental health. We partner with schools throughout Michigan and in a number of other settings nationwide, providing school staff with the training, materials, and implementation support they need to deliver effective mental health programming to their students. Our program was designed and developed by expert child mental health clinicians in collaboration with health and education researchers, educators, and school leaders. Our model was built specifically for the school setting, and is grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral and mindfulness practices. As we work to make effective mental health services available to all students, priority is given to schools that are under-resourced or that serve historically excluded populations. Our staff are dedicated to a vision of health and health care equity for all, and as TRAILS expands, we are seeking individuals who practice cultural humility, and who thrive in and contribute to an inclusive working environment.


TRAILS is seeking an experienced, positive, highly motivated, and organized person to join the clinical team to support the recruitment of community mental health providers to join the TRAILS Coach Network and training for program partners. The Tier 2 Coaching Specialist (Recruitment) will work to build, support, and maintain the TRAILS Coach recruitment process. The Specialist will also provide coaching to school staff who participate in the TRAILS Tier 2 CBT program and provide general support to the TRAILS team. The Specialist will report to the Clinical Implementation Manager and will work with other clinical and implementation team members to efficiently carry out a range of tasks. 


Project Administration (45%)

  • Build and maintain partnerships with community agencies- including school districts, community mental health agencies, and private practice/counseling groups. 
  • Develop and maintain the TRAILS Coach recruitment process including recruitment via cold calling, responding to inquiries, running webinars and meeting individually, verifying eligibility to be trained, and maintaining consistent communication with potential coaches.
  • Coordinate and collaborate within TRAILS teams around coaching, recruitment, and training. 
  • Develop and manage surveys related to coach recruitment including creating reports about the coach recruitment process.
  • Develop or revise coach recruitment resources and materials.
  • Maintain current understanding of implementation support, particularly coaching, consultation, and CBT best practices. 

Program Implementation support (40%)

  • Coach school mental health professionals in the Tier 2 CBT program by co-facilitating skills groups virtually and/or by leading group coaching calls.
  • Provide support to school professionals outside of coaching calls via emails, phone calls, and meetings to assist school professionals with learning TRAILS materials and implementing CBT.
  • Provide feedback to school mental health professionals and maintain consistent records of coaching activities as well as school mental health professional progress. 
  • Assist with data collection and reporting for TRAILS groups.
  • Build positive relationships with school staff and administrators.
  • Attend meetings with community partners to promote the program, engage participants, assist with school and/or district-level program planning, etc.
  • Attend team meetings and coach support calls to troubleshoot challenges, discuss best practices, refine coaching delivery, and provide support to other TRAILS coaches.
  • Identify barriers to implementation of TRAILS programming in assigned schools and working with TRAILS teams to problem-solve.
  • Assist with delivery of TRAILS training, as needed, including training in CBT, the TRAILS coaching protocol, group planning workshops, etc.

Team responsibilities (15%)

  • Meet weekly with the Tier 2 team and manager.
  • Attend all staff meetings and retreats, workgroups, and other relevant TRAILS meetings as necessary.
  • Support TRAILS team with all hands on deck events and other team initiatives, as needed.


Our experience suggests that the following types of professional experiences lend themselves to this work:

  • Expertise in CBT
  • Experience in sourcing and recruiting 
  • Strong teaching, instruction, consultation, and coaching skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively as part of a team and independently in a dynamic environment with multiple competing priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to be organized and self-directed, anticipating program and partner needs

Our experience suggests that the following types of skills lend themselves well to this work:

  • Familiarity with CBT and MTSS
  • Familiarity with virtual teleconference platforms, such as Zoom
  • Familiarity with Airtable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to provide feedback to others 


Our experience suggests the following certifications and degree(s) lend themselves well to this work:

  • Master’s degree or higher in social work, psychology, or similar area 
  • A minimum of three years of experience in related fields
  • Applicable experience and competencies may be considered in lieu of formal education


The salary range for this role is $70,000-$80,000. 

TRAILS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision as well as a 403B with a safe harbor match and short and long term disability. We offer a generous holiday and paid time off package.


Addressing inequities in access to evidence-based mental health care is intrinsic to the TRAILS mission. The intentionality behind this approach is woven into everything we do at TRAILS, resulting in a staff-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all facets of our program. If this commitment is something to which you could positively contribute, we encourage you to apply, particularly if your voice represents a historically excluded perspective. 

TRAILS, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.


  • Our job descriptions reflect TRAILS’ assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time. 
  • We are only considering applicants who are legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Please note that all TRAILS employees are required to undergo a background check as performed by our fiscal sponsor, Tides Center. Findings do not automatically exclude candidates from the hiring process, but will be taken into consideration.
  • Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. 

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