Job Opportunity with PEOPLe, Inc. - Chief Operating Officer

PEOPLe Inc. is seeking a Chief Operating Officer

PEOPLe, Inc., a consumer-run 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Poughkeepsie, NY dedicated to advocating with and providing services to people living with mental health diagnoses. We believe that recovery and wellness is possible with an informed and educated approach to wellness. PEOPLe, Inc. has a proven record of assisting individuals toward recovery by delivering supports and education that are tailored to each person’s wishes. For more information about PEOPLe please go to

This is a Senior Administrative Management position
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual with extensive program management experience to grow and further develop a proven peer operated and peer run organization that has made a significant impact on instilling hope and, empowerment and self-determination in people that have lived with mental health diagnoses. The successful candidate will partner with the Executive Director and work collaboratively with a high-performance management team.


Reporting to the executive director (ED), the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all PEOPLe, Inc. programs and services and will manage the program directors. As the chief program officer of PEOPLe, Inc. , s/he will provide leadership to the PEOPLe, Inc. strategic planning process and will implement new programmatic strategic initiatives. In addition, the COO will: provide coordination for PEOPLe, Inc. senior management team; serve as liaison to PEOPLe, Inc. partners; and work with PEOPLe, Inc.’s Board of Directors to keep them abreast of programmatic strategies and challenges.
The COO will partner with the ED and her/his peers (the chief financial officer (CFO), director of development, and director of human resources) and will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the operational aspects of the annual budget.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all programs and services, developing a broad and deep knowledge of all programs.

  • Identify opportunities for PEOPLe, Inc. to leverage cross-program strengths to take advantage of new opportunities and/or to address organizational challenges.

  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain PEOPLe, Inc.’s high-performance senior management team with an emphasis on developing capacity in strategic analysis and planning and program budgeting.

  • Develop and implement training programs and retreats to expand the capacity of all staff.

  • Prepare and submit an annual operational budget, manage effectively within this budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered.

  • Ensure the continued financial viability of PEOPLe, Inc.’s operational units through sound fiscal management.

  • Develop and implement operating procedures and protocols ensuring seamless service delivery between agency operating units.

  • Develop and oversee the active management of data collection systems related to individual funding contracts and grants to ensure accurate, time-sensitive reporting.

Strategic Plan Development

  • Provide programmatic leadership and input for all strategic plan implementation processes with the ED and staff. Coach program directors as they implement the strategic plan and transition program operations.

  • Develop and implement a system for tracking and reporting on the progress of the strategic plan implementation.

External Relationship development

  • Manage and cultivate existing relationships with funders to secure and expand recurring revenue streams.

  • Publicly represent PEOPLe, Inc. with the media and external constituency groups including community, governmental, and private organizations and build excitement for PEOPLe, Inc.’s mission.



  • Bachelor’s degree required with a preference of Masters level education in either business administration or non-profit/public administration.

  • Minimum of 5 years of administrative experience in a non-profit human services organization.

  • Knowledge of the lived experience of recovery preferred.

  • Ability to work in an organized fashion that leads to conceptualizing streamlined program operations, and subsequent implementation.

  • Valid NYS Driver’s license.

  • Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system (preferred).

  • Able to delineate behaviors behind values of critical care and recovery (preferred).

  • Excellent verbal and written skills.

  • Ability to multi-task, balance competing priorities.

  • Professional demeanor.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.



  • Honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards, language and behaviors reflecting such values.

  • Deep experience in program budgeting and fiscal management

  • Analytic and decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organizational goals.

  • Ability to point to specific examples of having led organizational transformation projects and program development.

  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

  • Must have good time management skills and be self-directing.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills

  • Passion, humility, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

We offer a competitive benefit package including health and dental benefits, 403(b), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Paid Time Off (PTO). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to: 

PEOPLe, Inc.
126 Innis Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Job Opportunity with Nebraska Office of Consumer Affairs - Program Specialist

The State of Nebraska, Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a Program Specialist in our Office of Consumer Affairs.

Under the direction of the Administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs in the Division of Behavioral Health, the candidate selected will do the following: 

  • assess Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialist program effectiveness,

  • identify training needs and requirements and develops and presents educational skill-based training to peer support specialists and behavioral health service providers.

  • Working with community partners to ensure the Office of Consumer Affairs operates effectively and efficiently by coordinating with other divisions and outside agencies.

  • Prepares and presents informational presentations for people that utilize behavioral health services, agency staff, and service providers to assist individuals and families to participate meaningfully in community living, the recovery/resiliency process, and in their wellness goals.

  • Manage contracts with consumer and family organizations, create financial reports and meet with contractors to assist with contract adherence.
  • Represent the Office of Consumer Affairs in coordinating mental health board training, review self-study affidavits and manual updates.
  • Facilitate trauma-informed peer support and wellness specialist training, participate in the Facilitators Circle meetings to plan and shape peer support in Nebraska.

  • Create Power Point presentations, webinars, and papers to improve peer support skill set.

  • Assist in planning of annual statewide conference and representation of the Office of Consumer Affairs at that conference.

  • Provide updates to Network of Care and Office of Consumer Affairs website. Facilitate educational groups and forums at the Lincoln Regional Center, and attend key meetings like the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction meetings.

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelors degree or equivalent coursework/training in public administration, peer support, social/behavioral sciences, health care or human services or professional experience working in a human/social service or health care agency with responsibility for planning or evaluating services, programs or operational policies and practices. Speak from a voice of personal recovery, wellness, and resiliency experience in working to assist in creating policy, plans, and educational programs. 

PREFERRED: Knowledge of issues related to trauma informed care, co-occurring mental health and substance use, family systems, and/or transition age youth. 

OTHER: Valid driver's license or ability to provide independent authorized transportation.

Closing Date: April 10, 2013
Please visit our website at: to apply for this position.


Job Opportunity with NYAPRS - Senior Administrative Assistant

Position Summary: Senior Administrative Assistant

This position provides clerical and administrative services and assistance of moderate complexity, requiring the use of judgment and discretion on a regular basis for multiple projects. This position may also provide direct support to project directors as needed.

Essential Functions:

    Handles a wide variety of situations and conflicts involving the clerical and administrative function of the office. This includes summarizing the content of incoming materials, specially gathered information, or meetings to assist their supervisor/directors; coordinating the new information with background office sources; and drawing attention to important aspects or conflict.
  • Interprets requests and helps implement action, as well as decides whether ensures that requests for action or information are relayed to the appropriate staff member.

  • Coordinates, handles, and/or completes recurring projects or one-time projects, as directed by supervisor and/or project directorsthe executive/project directors should be notified of important or emergency matters, as needed. In the absence of their supervisor,

  • Screens telephone calls and visitors, ascertaining who can be redirected to subordinate management. Provides information to callers, including key internal or external sources, which requires comprehensive knowledge of organization policies, practices and operations.

  • Regularly arranges meetings, teleconferences, and appointments without clearance based upon project demands.

  • Prepares special or one time reports, presentation materials, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting relevant information from a variety of sources. May assist in the research, analysis and interpretation of data under the direction of management.

  • Performs a broad range of administrative support details on a regular basis, requiring initiative and judgment to make independent decisions for which probable errors may have moderate effect on cost impacts on organizational outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates degree or equivalent.

  • 4+ years demonstrated progressive administrative support experience.

  • Highly organized with ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.

  • Strong proofreading and editing skills.

  • Ability to research, analyze and interpret information.

  • Data management, including entry, analysis, and manipulation.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

We offer a competitive benefit package including health and dental benefits, 403(b), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Paid Time Off (PTO). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to:

Director of Human Resources
1 Columbia Place, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12207


Job Opportunity with NYAPRS - Senior Administrative Assistant

NYAPRS Seeks Public Policy/Advocacy Director

NYAPRS is a not-for-profit organization based in Albany, NY that is dedicated to improving services and social conditions for people with psychiatric disabilities or diagnoses, and those with trauma-related conditions by promoting their recovery, rehabilitation and rights so that all people can participate freely in the opportunities of society. For more information about NYAPRS, please visit

Position Summary:
The Director of Public Policy & Advocacy is a key member of the NYAPRS management team and is responsible for assisting the Executive Director, Board and Public Policy committee members in achieving the NYAPRS public policy mission.

Essential Functions:

  • Represents NYAPRS directly with federal, state, and local policymakers as directed by Executive Director.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with relevant government officials and staff, colleagues, and other appropriate groups.

  • Inform and provide strategic guidance to NYAPRS staff, board and members about relevant policy developments and opportunities. Provide technical assistance and materials through education and advocacy to NYAPRS members aimed at incorporating member interests within federal, state, and local policies and mandates.

  • Directly lobby federal, state and local elected officials and staff on public policy issues important to NYAPRS as needed. Lobbying activities may include testifying at public hearings, agency and legislative meeting and developing official correspondence.

  • Maintain direct contact with NYAPRS members via presentations at regional events and regular follow up communications to gain their input and provide feedback on advocacy outcomes.

  • Lead the development and implementation of NYAPRS’ grassroots advocacy campaigns, in coordination with the Public Policy committee.

  • Develop effective relationships with state and federal media towards educating the public and policymakers about NYAPRS member interests.

  • Manage the budget related to public policy related activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy or related field preferred.

  • 5 years’ experience in public affairs and/or government relations.

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success building rapport and working with policymakers, preferably at senior legislative or executive level.

  • Demonstrated understanding of national policy issues and current trends and in state and federal policy matters affecting health and human services, housing, employment and cultural competence.

  • Must possess project management, organizational, strategic thinking and relationship-building skills.

  • Demonstrated experience developing relationships with and outreach to national and local media.

  • Communicates in a strong, positive and effective manner both verbally and non-verbally. Excellent presentation, public speaking and facilitation skills.

  • Capacity to pragmatically achieve best possible policy outcomes.

  • Demonstrates a high level of personal accountability, confidentiality and willingness to share expertise.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite with ability to write and articulate public policy positions.

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel.

  • Lived experience with the mental health system preferred.

We offer a competitive benefit package including health and dental benefits, 403(b), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Paid Time Off (PTO). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and wage requirements to:

Director of Human Resources
1 Columbia Place, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12207


Job Opportunity with the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ)

Executive Director, Peer Operated Agency 

Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSP-NJ), a large state-wide peer directed agency, is searching for an Executive Director. CSP-NJ has taken a unique leadership role in the transformation of New Jersey’s mental health system into a person centered service system based on recovery and wellness. The successful candidate must be a peer with the lived experience in addition to having significant management and leadership experience in mental health settings. The successful candidate will hold academic credentials commensurate with this level position and have a track record of dealing with local, state and national entities and 
funding sources. 

CSP-NJ is a private not-for-profit organization with a budget of $12M, directed, managed and staffed through the collaborative efforts of mental health consumers, survivors and non-consumers. CSP-NJ strives to provide individualized, flexible community based services that promote responsibility, recovery and wellness. Current services include self-help centers, supportive housing, supported employment, advocacy, and entrepreneurial programs for adults with mental health and other special needs. The 150-plus CSP-NJ staff members and 200-plus peer facilitators serve over 4000 persons per year. CSP-NJs greatest resource is the life experiences of persons working through their own recovery. 

The Executive Director has administrative responsibility for the overall operations of this dynamic agency, including: fiscal management, policy development, staff activity, community relations, and related activities. 

Please distribute this announcement to your networks. Thank you for your assistance with this important search. 

Interested parties should send a letter of interest and CV to: 

Search Committee, Executive Director 
Attn: Ginny Chan 
Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, Inc. 
11 Spring Street 
Freehold, NJ 07728 

Or email to: c/o Search Committee, Executive Director

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