Program Director for the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

Posting Date: April 13, 2023

Location: TAPS National Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia



The Program Director for the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® will supervise a range of programs to expand and elevate awareness on the power of peer support, military bereavement, traumatic grief, complicated grief, grief and trauma coping skills, TAPS programs and services, etc. The goal is to ensure the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® welcomes attendees and delivers successful programs to the highest possible value for the mission of TAPS.

Working alongside leadership, the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® Program Director will create and sustain a certificate training program for TAPS initiatives, manage and elevate engagement with the TAPS Advisory Board, and build and host webinars for a variety of audiences on bereavement, trauma, and military grief.



  • Initiate and set goals according to the strategic objectives of the organization.
  • Plan programs from start to completion involving deadlines, milestones, and processes.
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements.
  • Examples of strategic objectives for the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® Program Director:
    • Create, host, and sustain a long-term certificate training program for TAPS military bereaved survivors to become Peer Mentors.  With special emphasis on suicide, children, caregiver to survivor, complicated grief, etc.).
    • Develop a strategy to seek accreditation or partnership for TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® certificate programs with a university.
  • Maintain and elevate engagement with TAPS Advisory Board to host trainings/webinars for TAPS audiences, host workshops at TAPS seminars, and provide subject matter expertise for TAPS initiatives.
  • Coordinate with TAPS Leadership to create, invite, and host TAPS Advisory Board Gathering once per quarter to keep the Advisory Board up to date with TAPS initiatives.
  • Create, recruit, host, and sustain trainings/webinars to enhance knowledge for a variety of audiences on grief/trauma/military bereavement. Audiences to include military mental health professionals, military casualty, civilian mental health professionals, military survivors, etc.



  • Master’s degree or higher
  • Experience in curriculum development and program evaluation
  • Proven track record as a successful program director, program manager, or project manager
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work extremely well as part of a team
  • Excellent persuasion skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage sensitive or controversial subjects with tact, kindness, and professionalism
  • Sensitive to issues of grief and bereavement
  • Professional, patient, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, “can do” attitude
  • Ability and willingness to travel





Commensurate with experience


TAPS provides a range of benefits and three weeks of paid vacation per year. 


Please email a resume and salary requirements to along with "Program Director for the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing" and your name in the subject line. Include a cover letter that concisely explains how your experience could be applied to TAPS.

TAPS is an equal opportunity employer.