Crisis Accreditation Program Examiner Job Description

FLSA Classification:
Independent Contractor

Reports To:
Crisis Accreditation and Certification Programs Manager

Job Overview

About AAS: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes the research of suicide and its prevention, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at

A Crisis Accreditation Program Examiner is the representative of the American Association of Suicidology throughout an applicant center’s accreditation process.  The Examiner commits to working with a minimum of 4 applicant centers annually as they move through the accreditation process under the guidance of the Programs Manager. 

All interactions with applicant centers should be consistent with the AAS mission and values. Accreditation Program Examiners should have at least 5 years of leadership experience in a crisis serving program which includes direct oversight of a crisis line.  Experience overseeing mobile teams and online emotional support programs is an added benefit.  Examiners should be currently working within the crisis center community or have been working within the community within the past 5 years to ensure up to date knowledge of industry advances, technology and standards. 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Conducts a minimum of four site visits per year.
  • Arranges site visits logistics within 2 weeks of receiving application from Accreditation and Certification Programs Manager and sets the agenda for the visit.
  • Provides support for the site as they organize materials for the site visit and reviews all materials provided by the site. 
  • Completes all components of the accreditation report with meaningful and reliable feedback and recommendations are clear both to the Crisis Accreditation and Certification Programs Manager and to the applicant center.
  • Completes and submits site examination report to Crisis Accreditation and Certification Programs Manager within three weeks after the accreditation visit.
  • Attends the annual Accreditation Committee meeting held during the AAS Annual Conference.
  • Documents and submits expense reports to AAS Central Office per policy and in a timely manner.
  • Supports training of new Accreditation Examiners


  • Minimum of 5 years of crisis service leadership experience
  • Currently works in a crisis contact center or has worked in the industry within the last 5 years
  • AAS Member – Individual or Organizational affiliate
  • Program development/Project management experience
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills

Please send your resume and cover letter via email, to Chris Sandwell