Job Opportunity with SAMHSA

The Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation (OPPI) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is currently hiring two policy analysts.  OPPI works to coordinate policy across SAMHSA and supports the Office of SAMHSA’s Administrator. The incumbents will work closely with SAMHSA leadership on issues related to behavioral health financing and service integration.

Incumbents in these positions will be responsible for a varied portfolio including:

  • Supporting the policy development process (including budget development and grant program policy);
  • Coordinating work related to behavioral health financing and integration at SAMHSA;
  • Informing SAMHSA’s policy research agenda; 
  • The management of projects through federal contracts;
  • Reviewing and providing comment on federal regulations and other materials; and        

SAMHSA is looking for committed professionals with experience in behavioral health policy. Strong writing and analytic skills are essential.  For these positions, knowledge of, and experience related to, the Affordable Care Act and federal behavioral health policies, legislation, and regulations are also important.

You can access these postings and apply at the following links:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/395709800 for current federal employees, this posting is currently open and closing on March 13, 2015

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/395718500 for United States citizens outside of the federal government, this posting is opening on March 6th and closing on March 13, 2015

Applicants can qualify for these positions at the GS 12 or 13 levels.  For more on salary, benefits, and the qualifications necessary to meet these GS levels, please see the postings.  If you have any questions about these positions, please contact David de Voursney, the chief of the Policy Analysis Branch in OPPI at 240-276-2332 or david.devoursney@samhsa.hhs.gov.  Please click the following link for more information about SAMHSA (http://www.samhsa.gov/).


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Job Opportunity with Howie The Harp Advocacy Center

They are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Coordinator of Employment and Career Services to work at Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, located at 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., New York, NY. This is a full-time position with an annual salary in the low $50's plus an excellent benefits package.


Program Description

The Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, a peer run program, offers an array of services that help individuals with mental health concerns find meaningful, permanent employment and develop careers in human services.

All of the Center's programs are based on the core value that self-help and peer support are among the most effective methods for people who seek to recover from mental illness. Through the Peer Training Program, Assisted Competitive Employment Program (ACE), and other initiatives, the Center offers a wide range of services including training, internship experience, job placement and support, and continuing education services. Graduates are entitled to ongoing access to placement and support services.



The Coordinator of Employment and Career Services oversees the provision of all pre-and post-employment support services provided to participants by Career Coaches. The Coordinator ensures that supports are delivered responsively, effectively and efficiently, and that trainees who complete the classroom program obtain and complete internships and are successfully placed in a competitive job in human services. The Coordinator also ensures that all support services are accurately documented in a data management system (AWARDS) in a consistent and timely manner.


Essential Job Functions


  • Recruit, hire, and provide supervision to assigned staff so that agency and program goals are communicated effectively, job performance is continuously evaluated and appropriate training is given.
  • Coordinate and manage the assignment of participants to Career Coaches, ensuring equitable and effective use of staff resources.
  • Oversee the provision of individual and group based support to trainees, participants on internship and individuals receiving support while employed, at the Center and off-site.
  • Ensure that job development, placement and support services are effective and responsive to individual needs; work with Career Coaches to resolve barriers to trainee course completion, employment and job tenure.
  • In collaboration with staff, Career Coaches, coordinate the identification and development of internship sites and permanent placement opportunities for all programs; assist with job development efforts.
  • Oversee establishment of effective ongoing relationships with employers; coordinate contact with internship and work placement sites, ensuring timely and appropriate communication and documentation of all outreach and communication.
  • Oversee intake process for the ACE Program and ensure contractual outcomes are met.
  • Ensure the relevance and completion of participant assessments and plans for service and employment.
  • Ensure the timely transition of participants between programs per contractual guidelines and requirements, e.g. F/PST, internship, VR/TTW, job placement and receipt of ongoing support.
  • Provide supervision and support to discrete project staff including Riker?s Island and Bedford Hills.
  • Coordinate the completion and collection of monthly reporting to VR, SSA (TTW), and other entities.
  • Assist the Director in overseeing the accurate and timely completion and submission of all internal documentation including participant-related data such as progress notes and employment-related outcomes in AWARDS.
  • Assist the Director in completing, submitting and meeting external reports in compliance with funding and contracting entities and internal audit standards and expectations.
  • Assist the Director in ensuring the overall attainment of contractual obligations, outcomes and expectations.
  • Assist the Director in maximizing revenue streams through VR, TTW, OMH and other relevant funding opportunities.
  • Assist the Director in developing and utilizing Quality Assurance systems.
  • Attend/conduct workshops, trainings and community events as needed.
  • Attend and participate in supervision, meetings and training sessions, as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



Job Qualifications


  • Have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access.
  • Recipient/survivor of mental health services (past or present), required.
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) – Bachelor’s degree, preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Attentive to details in documentation and data collection, reporting and analysis.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience, preferred.
  • Two (2) years of job development experience, preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience providing benefits, entitlements or work incentives support, preferred.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in working with persons with mental health conditions, required.
  • Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Justice Center.
  • Ability to organize, multitask and prioritize work.
  • Possess strong understanding and practice of recovery, wellness and employment services.
  • Advanced analytical and innovative problem solving abilities.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Be creative and flexible.
  • Show initiative and be responsible for follow through.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position.


Please apply for post at https://www.e3applicants.com/cai/ .

Please note: this job is about supporting others in obtaining employment. YOUR cover letter and resume should exemplify your knowledge/skills about employment seeking – in content and format.



Job Opportunity with Vermont Psychiatric Survivors

JOB TITLE: Executive Director


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.


  • 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.



Job Opportunity with MHAPA

Facility Advocacy Services Project Manager.


The Project Manager position entails the following responsibilities:

  • Provide direct assistance and support to individuals receiving services at two state operated juvenile justice facilities.
  • Ensure the fundamental rights of the individual receiving services in the state operated facilities
  • Help individuals and their families with questions, concerns, and complaints
  • Assist in the resolution of concerns and complaints
  • Provide technical assistance and education regarding rights to individuals, their families and the facility staff
  • Ensure the required reporting is completed
  • In addition to providing direct advocacy services in two juvenile justice facilities, the project manager oversees the advocacy provided in four other facilities.
  • Supervises two part-time juvenile justice facility advocates and one full-time adult facility advocate.
  • Serve as liaison to the PA Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF), Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS)


The ideal candidate will have advocacy and supervisory experience, knowledge about the PA juvenile justice, children and youth and behavioral health systems, as well as reporting, organizational and data entry skills.  A college degree is required.  

To Apply

MHAPA is an affirmative action employer - individuals of color and woman are encouraged to apply.  Fluency in English and Spanish is a plus.  Successful candidate must pass a Child Abuse History Clearance, a Criminal History background check, and an FBI clearance.   

Please email resume and salary requirements by December 2, 2014 to: externaladvocacy@mhapa.org

Or mail to:

External Advocate Search
1414 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103

Download a PDF of the position description.