JOB TITLE: Executive Director
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, Inc. (VPS) is an independent, survivor-run, statewide organization. Founded in 1983, we are one of the earliest survivor groups to form in the United States. We have grown from an initial budget of $75,000 to an annual budget of over $1 million.
Our primary purpose is to ensure that psychiatric survivors in Vermont have an effective voice in advancing the issues that are important to our community. To this end, VPS:
- promotes the equal rights, participation and protection of all who have been psychiatrically labeled
- provides “voice” statewide for individuals in the community
- provides outreach within the community
- provides hospital patient representation
- provides for and supports new growth opportunities through independent project supervision
- develops and encourages local mutual support resources, including survivor-run groups and networks;
- Publishes a quarterly newspaper
- supports employment opportunities
- fosters leadership
- educates statewide through a variety of programs, presentations and training opportunities.
- advocates on local, state and federal levels through media, the legislature, and collaborative partners
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the daily operation and management of VPS. The ED works directly under board supervision and is responsible for working with the board on the Mission and Vision of the program, and for reporting back to the Board on the daily operations of the program.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Personal lived experience of mental health issues/diagnosis and an understanding of the resulting losses and marginalization
- Good literacy/Numeracy skills
- Leadership and Management experience
- Policy development and management
- Political advocacy
- Experience working across a wide range of community sectors
SALARY RANGE: $50,000 – 60,000
Partnership with the Board of Directors
- Work with Board to ensure that VPS has a clear mission, policies and strategic plan and conducts its operations accordingly.
- Work with Board to ensure that the mission, vision, policies and plans of VPS accurately reflect the voice, needs and interests of the community.
- Work with Board in the vision process to develop new programs which address identified needs and interests.
- Assist the Board and its committees to access the support, information, training and technology needed to fulfill essential Board functions, including meeting agendas, committee assignments and Board member communication at/between meetings.
Partnership with the community:
- Ensure community involvement when new programs are being developed.
- Ensure that existing programs actually meet community needs
- Cultivate relationships across a broad variety of community sectors, including health providers, community organizations, social services, public officials, local businesses and community members.
- Represent VPS on the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the Vermont Mental Health Transformation Council, Wellness Workforce Coalition and other relevant state and national committees.
Advocacy and Education:
- Develop strategy and coordinate advocacy efforts Statewide both within VPS and in collaboration with other organizations.
- Support the movement at media and public relations events
- Cultivate relationships with local, state, national and international leaders, organizations and public media to advance movement interests
- Promote collaboration with organizations with complementary agendas and co-sponsor activities and events.
- Strong leadership skills are required. Leadership which is visionary, creative and directive would be needed to assist in rebuilding and moving forward for this older organization.
- Demonstrated ability to “hold the big picture” for forward movement of the organization
- Ability to work collaboratively with a large Board which has a public membership component.
- Understanding of the consumer/survivor/peer movement and/or other social and civil rights movements, and deep personal commitment to their values.
- Willingness to work in a mutual and transparent manner where structure is as collaborative and “flatlined” as possible.
- Experience with, and ability to, manage grants, finances, fundraising, and corporate assets.
- Experience with developing and managing an annual budget
- Experience with working collaboratively with a board for reporting
- Experience with reporting and invoicing to all funders
- Experience with working with a CPA and auditors for all financial needs.
- Ability to identify grant opportunities and develop proposals
- Ability to negotiate and maintain contracts with other organizations and agencies
- Ability to network, foster relationships and build community partnerships.
- Ability to ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, grant provisions and ethical standards
- Experience and proficiency with technology; cloud software, spreadsheets etc.
- Excellent communication and writing skills
Staff Management and Supervision
- Experience hiring, managing training, job performance supervision, support and evaluation.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a “team” with staff to develop and implement new methodology, programs and policies.
- Ability to foster a workplace culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility
- Ability to develop and maintain policies and procedures with inclusive staff and board involvement as appropriate.
- Experience in supervising staff who hold multiple positions, with some working remotely off site throughout the State.
- Experience with facilitating collaboration, teamwork, in a mutual and transparent way
- Excellent self care
- Sense of humor
To reply, send a cover letter and resume with the subject line "ED Search” to:
or M. Roberts
P.O. Box 1165
Montpelier, VT 05601
Vermont Psychiatric Survivors is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from persons with lived experience of mental distress, intensity, diagnosis or treatment.