Job Opportunity with the Virginia DBHDS

Mental Health Program Assistant

(Program Administration Specialist I)
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is seeking an accomplished individual to provide program assistance to Office of Mental Health staff in program planning and development (e.g., new service initiatives), project implementation and monitoring (e.g. database management and reporting), and services evaluation (e.g. onsite reviews); to provide technical assistance to CSBs in accessing and utilizing DBHDS online training resources (e.g. case management modules) and utilization management (e.g. secure site discharge planning) databases, as well as general program assistance and support to office staff.   

Knowledge of contemporary practices in behavioral health services and supports for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Working knowledge of project management activities and ability to work independently with complex tasks and relate well with multiple teams of professionals.  Considerable skill in and experience with MS Office products as well as ability to learn and master other software programs related to database management, document production and web-based educational presentations.  Demonstrated ability to perform a wide variety of program-specific assignments in collecting and analyzing information and making judgments about the quality of service programs, preparing reports and guidance documents, and communicating with staff and the general public. Knowledge of Virginia’s public behavioral health services system and Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) status preferred.   Education, which included course work related to mental illness, substance use disorders, or intellectual disabilities, the problems associated with them, and their alleviation Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Position: #00233
Hiring Range:  $35,000-$42,000
Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at http://jobs.virginia.gov/.  Only accepting online applications.  This position is open until filled.  DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.   
An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity




Job Opportunity with the Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Suicide Prevention & MHFA Program Coordinator

(Program Administration Specialist II)

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ Office of Mental Health is seeking an accomplished professional to provide leadership and management for the development, implementation and administration of the Department’s comprehensive statewide suicide prevention program, and to implement, administer and coordinate the Department’s Mental Health First Aid training initiative and the associated certification process.  

Qualifications:  Thorough knowledge of suicide prevention field, including the incidence and prevalence of suicide, policy and service delivery issues, best practices in suicide prevention and intervention from interagency, federal, state and community perspectives.  Thorough knowledge of Mental Health First Aid. 

Contract development and management skills.  Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including other state and local agencies and organizations, service recipients, suicide survivors, universities, advocates, etc. 

Facilitation and consultation skills. Experience with policy development and strategic planning.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software.  Thorough knowledge of the Public Health approach to prevention and health promotion.   Thorough knowledge of Evidence Based prevention programs and practices and the Prevention Best Practices Registry.  Experience with policy and program development, policy impact on local government and budget management.  Extensive professional experience in prevention services (with suicide prevention preferred), administrative experience, and experience with interagency issues at state and local levels. Advanced degree in human services is preferred.  

Position: #00232                                                                                           

Hiring Range:  $41,778-$65,000

Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at http://jobs.virginia.gov/.  Only accepting online applications.  This position is open until filled.  DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.  


An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity


Job Opportunity with PRS, Inc.

PRS, Inc. recognized as one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to work for in the US is a community-based nonprofit organization that serves individuals living with mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and any combination of these. PRS helps clients achieve personal wellness, recovery and community integration by building the independent living skills and providing the supports they need to find meaningful, satisfying lives fully integrated into their communities. 

We are now accepting applications for Recovery Support Specialists (Peer Support) professionals.  Positions are part-time and available in Arlington (30 hours per week) and McLean (20 hours per week).

The Recovery Support Specialist conducts psychosocial classes to client groups on the recovery process based on related personal experience and curriculum materials; provides individual support and outreach to clients; and completes orientation on new clients and enters client clinical notes into the electronic health record.


  • Must be a person with lived experience (consumer past or present) of mental health services. 
  • High School Diploma or GED required.  
  • Associate’s, Bachelor’s degree or 15 credit hours in Human Services, Social Work, Psychology or other related field preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and familiarity with basic computer office software required.
  • Ability to quickly establish rapport with clients.
  • Comfortable in presenting to and leading groups.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.  
  • Clean driving record with reliable transportation required. 

Interested applicants can apply at www.prsinc.iapplicants.com.  

PRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Job Opportunity with Peerstar, LLC

We want YOU to work for our agency as a Certified Peer Specialist.

The position will provide & coordinate Peer Support Services to individuals with severe mental illness.  Position will assist in obtaining recovery goals & community integration.  Minimum requirements are at least 12 months of paid or voluntary work within the past 3 years OR obtained 24 hours of post-secondary education.  Life experience:  Must be a person in recovery who is willing to share personal life story while working closely with peers also diagnosed with mental illness.  Education requirements are a high school diploma or GED.  Must have the ability to develop and instruct in one-on-one setting, have reliable transportation and a valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.  Must be dependable, a team player, possess organization skills, be a self-starter, empathic, and have a desire to learn. $10.00 an hour and up with additional benefits for full time positions, and travel compensation.  Peerstar does not discriminate against staff, consumers or family members based on Age, Race, Sex, Religion, Ethic Origin, Economic Status, or Disability and Observes all applicable state and federal statutes and limitations.

Send resume to:

Peerstar, LLC

Attn: Human Resources

2900 Plank Road, Suite #8

Altoona, PA 16601



No phone calls please!


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 www.projectstoempower.org.

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