Job Opportunity with Alaska Peer Support Consortium

Executive Director Position

Provide a resume, cover letter and statement about your philosophy on peer support

Please apply no later than 5pm Friday November 1st 2013:

Cathy Mccarthy


Alaska Peer Support Consortium

PO Box 240588

Anchorage AK 99524

 or email to admin@akpeersupport.org


  • Recovered peer or family member
  • Experience with the peer movement
  • Grant management and/or nonprofit administration experience
  • Advocacy or community organizing experience
  • Facilitation skills; including training and presentation skills
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Well-developed communication and analytical skills
  • Well-developed computer skills; inclusive of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Familiar with, and agree with, Recovery Values & Peer Run Organization best Practices
  • Bachelor’s degree in Health and/or Education related field, or relevant experience
  • Team player
  • Passionate about the values of the organization


Description of Task and Responsibilities: The Alaska Peer Support Consortium (AKPSC) is a network of peer groups from all over the state. It is the Executive Director’s primary responsibility to keep all our members in touch, connected, and contributing their suggestions and ideas. The Executive Director oversees the daily operations of the AKPSC while staying true to the mission, vision and values.


Task and Responsibilities

  • Develops and oversees implementation of AKPSC work plan
  • Provides oversight to ensure grant activities are completed as assigned and on schedule
  • Supervises and directs AKPSC staff, consultants, and contractors
  • Develops and executes contracts and grants in accordance with AKPSC work plan and budget
  • Maintains tracking/data system and oversees implementation of project evaluation for grant activities
  • Prepares and submits reports and other information as required by all the Board, funding agencies and other reports as required
  • In collaboration with the bookkeeper and Board, develops, oversees, and manages AKPSC budget
  • Develops, oversees and coordinates AKPSC’s training activities
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with other national, state and local organizations  
  • Manage the outreach efforts of the Consortium
  • Provide the technical assistance needs of member organizations; including producing or facilitate the production of technical assistance materials and overseeing workshops and conferences of AKPSC
  • Work with the Board to further peer support in Alaska

Supervision: Reports to the President of the AKPSC Board

Travel Requirements: This position requires Alaska and out-of-state travel to attend conferences and meetings and provide technical assistance and training.

Hours: 40 hours per week

Location: Anchorage, AK




Job Opportunity with Mental Health America

President and CEO

Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is soliciting applications for the position of President and CEO.  

Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

The President and CEO is the senior staff member of Mental Health America and shall engage in the following primary activities:

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for Mental Health America and its over 200 affiliates nationwide;
  • Represent its programs and policies, in collaboration with local affiliates, before a wide array of audiences including local, state and national elected and appointed decision makers, other national organizations in and outside of the mental health field, the media, and current and potential funders;
  • Ensure the continued financial strength and stability of the organization through innovative program development, creative fund raising and continuous outreach to potential funders and donors;
  • Continue full support of the concepts of consumer empowerment and recovery;
  • Promote the science of prevention in the field of mental health; and  

This position requires:

  • A high level of results-orientated motivation;
  • Proven experience and measurable success in fund development;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in advocacy, management and team-building skills;
  • Bachelor's degree minimum with a preference for an advanced degree;
  • Broad based experience in mental health and/or human service administration;
  • Significant experience in non-profit management, preferably related to mental health;
  • Strong public speaking skills with the ability to communicate effectively;
  • Experience successfully managing organizations of similar or larger size; and  

Compensation:  Compensation will be determined based upon experience.

To apply: Send letter of interest and comprehensive resume, not later than October 30, 2013, to Richard Van Horn, c/o MH America of LA, 100 West Broadway, Suite 5010, Long Beach, CA 90802 or rvanhorn@mhala.org.



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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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.


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

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.  


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

Must pass background check.