Wednesday
Aug212013

Job Opportunity with the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC)

Outreach and Engagement Director

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC) is a non-partisan research and advocacy project that provides budget and fiscal analysis and public education in support of policies to improve the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Pennsylvanians.

PBPC’s vision is that all Pennsylvania citizens will enjoy a system of taxation that is fair and progressive, and that raises sufficient revenue to provide quality public services and economic prosperity. The Center is a project of the Keystone Research Center (KRC) and a member of the State Fiscal Analysis Network coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

The Outreach and Engagement Director’s role is to build PBPC’s presence in the state by recruiting new coalition members and allies, build our online activist list, and plan and implement annual issue campaigns on tax and budget policy issues. The Outreach Director will coordinate efforts with existing state budget coalitions in Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie and Philadelphia.

The Outreach Director will have several key areas of responsibility:

(1)   Plan and execute annual budget and tax campaigns with coalition partners.

(2)   Identify, develop, and maintain strategic partnerships and alliances with key organizations and spokespersons.

(3)   Work with PBPC Communications Director to build and manage online organizing including Facebook, email contacts and website.

(4)   Organize PBPC events including lobby days and earned media events.

(5)   Plan educational programs and trainings for partners and activists to strengthen their engagement on budget and tax issues.

(6)   Develop accessible materials and resources for use by partners and allies in the annual budget and tax campaigns.

The position is funded for one year, with continuation funding likely.  The position is based in Harrisburg but staff can work out of the Philadelphia office several days a week.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrable experience managing regional or state-level advocacy campaigns and/or political campaigns
  • Experience with campaign planning and implementation
    • Demonstrable experience building diverse and effective alliances and collaborations
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
    • Professional knowledge of communications, publications, and administration
    • Excellent organizational and planning skills, with a special focus on meeting planning
    • Ability to meet deadlines and problem-solve
    • Familiarity with Pennsylvania policy issue and organizing landscap
    • Excellent interpersonal skills

 Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, policy, communication, or related field, and five years of related experience
  • Previous experience managing campaigns and/or building coalitions
  • Ability to travel

Salary: $42,000-$48,000 depending on experience.

Full health and dental benefits, generous vacation and personal leave, employer matched retirement benefit.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Sharon Ward, Director: ward@pennbpc.org

The application deadline is September 15, 2013 or until the position is filled.

Monday
Jul222013

Job Opportunity with the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council

Request for Proposal

Customer Service in the State Vocational Rehabilitation System

The Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council seeks an experienced contractor to design, plan, facilitate, and otherwise manage professional services and activities that will lead to informed recommendations from the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council to Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) that will improve OVR's customer service.

Proposal must be received by Friday, August 16, 2013.

View and print copy of Request for Proposal.

Tuesday
Jul162013

Job Opportunity with the STAR Center

Project Director - STAR Center

Closing Date: August 20, 2013

Location: Arlington, VA

Employment Type: Full-Time

 

NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with mental illness and their families. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and
research.

We currently have an opening for a Project Director of the STAR Center. The STAR Center is funded by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides support, technical assistance and resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. Specifically, the STAR Center's focus areas are cultural competence and diversity in the context of mental health recovery and consumer self-help and self-empowerment. In addition to serving as a national technical assistance center, the following regions have been designated as STAR Center focus regions/states:  Washington DC, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Puerto Rico.  

NAMI seeks a highly able leader with demonstrated experience in assisting consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. An ideal candidate will have personal experience with mental illness, combine substantive expertise in consumer/peer-run program approaches and related issues, including cultural competence and recovery-oriented self-help and empowerment program development with strong managerial skills, federal grant management experience and a passion for NAMI's mission. 

The Project Director has responsibility for the overall design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of grant activities consistent with NAMI's mission and SAMHSA requirements.

Location:  NAMI Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia


Travel:  Travel Required

Reports To:  Chief Operating Officer 


*This position is grant-funded.

Essential Functions:  

  • Oversees program activities, ensuring integration and alignment with NAMI and grant goals and objectives
  • Ensures full compliance with the terms of the CMHS National Consumer & Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers grant and SAMHSA grant requirements, including oversight of grant allocations, reporting and annual renewal processes 
  • Designs, oversees, documents and evaluates project activities  
  • Develops and disseminates one-on-one and group support, technical assistance and resource to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations  
  • Contributes to the formation, interpretation and promotion of policies related to improving mental health service delivery and disseminates tools, resources and information in support of this focus 
  • Coordinates, presents and participates in meetings and conferences, representing the Center for Mental Health Services' National Consumer and Consumer-Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (NCCS-TAC) and NAMI 
  • Works with consumers, cooperating services providers/ agencies and various stakeholders to improve policies and strategies in support of best practices and standards that help promote recovery and full integration of people with psychiatric disabilities in the community  
  • Supervises project staff.  

Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Minimum of seven to ten years working in mental health field serving in a supervisory or leadership capacity
  • Leadership of, or active engagement in, consumer programs, in cultural outreach and self-help adaptation, employment and training, community integration/ participation, political advocacy, and work with underserved populations
  • Strong history of accountability in grant oversight
  • Demonstrated history of strong program, budget and resource management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Research/programming experience in consumer self-help and empowerment
  • Experience in policy analysis and presenting to policy makers and mental health stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to the variety of issues affecting people living with mental illness
  • High degree of flexibility, leadership and interpersonal skills. 

Desired Qualifications:  

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Previous experience with grant management
  • Personal experience with mental illness.  

Education:  

  • Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent experience, in psychology, public policy, organizational management or related field.

Must pass background check. 

Tuesday
Jul162013

Job Opportunity at the STAR Center

 

Project Director, STAR Center
Posted Date: 11-Jul-2013 (EST)
Closing Date: 10-Aug-2013 (EST)
Department: STAR Center
Location: Arlington, VA, USA
Employment Type: Full Time
NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with mental illness and their families. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research.
We currently have an opening for a Project Director of the STAR Center. The STAR Center is funded by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides support, technical assistance and resources to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. Specifically, the STAR Center's focus areas are cultural competence and diversity in the context of mental health recovery and consumer self-help and self-empowerment. In addition to serving as a national technical assistance center, the following regions have been designated asSTAR Center focus regions/states:  Washington DC, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Puerto Rico.  
NAMI seeks a highly able leader with demonstrated experience in assisting consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations. An ideal candidate will have personal experience with mental illness, combine substantive expertise in consumer/peer-run program approaches and related issues, including cultural competence and recovery-oriented self-help and empowerment program development with strong managerial skills, federal grant management experience and a passion for NAMI's mission. 
The Project Director has responsibility for the overall design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of grant activities consistent with NAMI's mission and SAMHSA requirements.
Travel:  Travel Required
Reports To:  Chief Operating Officer 
*This position is grant-funded.
Essential Functions:  
  • Oversees program activities, ensuring integration and alignment with NAMI and grant goals and objectives
  • Ensures full compliance with the terms of the CMHS National Consumer & Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers grant and SAMHSA grant requirements, including oversight of grant allocations, reporting and annual renewal processes 
  • Designs, oversees, documents and evaluates project activities  
  • Develops and disseminates one-on-one and group support, technical assistance and resource to assist consumer-operated and consumer-supporter programs in meeting the needs of under-served populations  
  • Contributes to the formation, interpretation and promotion of policies related to improving mental health service delivery and disseminates tools, resources and information in support of this focus 
  • Coordinates, presents and participates in meetings and conferences, representing the Center for Mental Health Services' National Consumer and Consumer-Supporter Technical Assistance Centers (NCCS-TAC) and NAMI 
  • Works with consumers, cooperating services providers/ agencies and various stakeholders to improve policies and strategies in support of best practices and standards that help promote recovery and full integration of people with psychiatric disabilities in the community  
  • Supervises project staff.  
Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Minimum of seven to ten years working in mental health field serving in a supervisory or leadership capacity
  • Leadership of, or active engagement in, consumer programs, in cultural outreach and self-help adaptation, employment and training, community integration/ participation, political advocacy, and work with underserved populations
  • Strong history of accountability in grant oversight
  • Demonstrated history of strong program, budget and resource management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Research/programming experience in consumer self-help and empowerment
  • Experience in policy analysis and presenting to policy makers and mental health stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to the variety of issues affecting people living with mental illness
  • High degree of flexibility, leadership and interpersonal skills. 
Desired Qualifications:  
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Previous experience with grant management
  • Personal experience with mental illness.  
Education:  

  • Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent experience, in psychology, public policy, organizational management or related field.
Must pass background check. 

 

 

Monday
Jul152013

Job Opportunity with Consumer Link Peer Respite House

CONSUMER LINK PEER RESPITE HOUSE

Nassau County, Long Island

JOB AVAILABILITY

 

  • Do you believe that you have found skills and strategies to support your recovery and that you have a strong handle on dealing with personal crisis situations?
  • Do you believe that there are alternative ways to deal with crisis situations other than emergency rooms or inpatient units?
  • Do you believe that all individuals can enhance their health and wellness and work productively on their recovery?

Then read on….

Consumer Link has been providing an array of peer services for 20 years.  We are pleased to announce that we will be opening a new and innovative Peer Respite House (name to be determined).  A respite house is a wellness-oriented service offered in a comfortable, home-like environment where services are available 24/7 and guests can stay for 2 – 5 days to deal with emotional crisis among supportive peer staff.  The goal of the program is to assist individuals to break the home to hospital chain – to utilize discomfort as an opportunity to find solutions and to grow in recovery rather than move into crisis. 

We are interviewing for various positions (paid and volunteer) in the house and are particularly in need of individuals willing and able to work through the night.

 

HOUSE MANAGER:   Responsible for assisting with (and overseeing, when necessary) all aspects of the overall administration, operation, management, and development of the Peer Respite House.

Brief Qualifications/Experience:  Bachelors Degree, preferred.  Previous experience supervising and work history providing  peer support services, preferred. Current or former experience with mental health system and willingness to share personal and practical experience/ knowledge.  Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system.  Vision of hope for, and comfort with, people experiencing crisis/emotional distress. 

 

PEER COMPANION (full time and part time):  Utilize personal experience and respite training to guide individuals toward personal recovery strategies through mutual peer support and companionship. Instill hope, support wellness and demonstrate that recovery is real.  Support the belief that crisis is an opportunity to reduce or eliminate involvement with emergency room and/or inpatient hospital settings.  Availability for emergency staff coverage a plus.

Brief Qualifications/Experience:   High school diploma.  Work or volunteer work providing peer support, preferred.  Current or former experience with mental health system and willingness to share personal and practical experience and knowledge.  Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system.  Vision of hope for, and comfort with, people experiencing crisis/emotional distress. 

 

PART TIME AND PER DIEM WARM LINE WORKER:  Answers warm line providing support, information, and guidance in problem resolution.  Believes that mutuality is the best tool for each individual to best benefit from support.  Assesses and responds to emergent nature of call, if necessary.  Availability for emergency staff coverage a plus. 

Qualifications/Experience:  High school diploma, preferred.  Work or volunteer work providing peer support, preferred. Current or former experience with mental health system and willingness to share personal and practical experience and knowledge.  Well-developed understanding of recovery vs. illness based system.  Vision of hope for, and comfort with, people experiencing crisis/emotional distress. 

 

Please reply to:

Barbara Tedesco (btedesco@mhanc.org)

MHA, 16 Main St., Hempstead, NY  11550

Fax:  516-485-4314

Telephone:  516-489-0100 X1201