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Communications Specialist - ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (VA) Posted 4/19/2014
Executive Director, Office of Consumer Advocates, Inc (MD) Posted 4/19/2014
Executive Director - NRCPDS
(MA) Posted 12/21/14
Deputy Director/Technical Assistance Center Director (OR) Posted 12/21/14
Statewide Trainer (NY) Posted 2/19/2014
Director of Crisis Diversion Services (NY) Posted 2/11/2014
Peer Bridger Coordinator (AK) Posted 12/4/13
Progam Manager - Alaska Mental Health ConsumerWeb (AK) Posted 10/9/2013

Communications Specialist - ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (VA)

Posted 4/19/2014

The ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV) is a 30 year-old nonprofit organization that provides direct services and advocacy and supports individuals with disabilities to live independently and maximize their potential. We provide peer mentoring, life skills education, travel training and assistance with Medicaid and other programs.

ECNV is currently accepting applications for the “Communications Specialist” position. The incumbent will present ECNV’s mission, values and services to its constituents and the public through electronic and print media and outreach. This position also manages media relations and supervises data collection and management. This is a full-time, exempt position and reports to the Director of Community Services.

Applicants should have a successful and demonstrable record of website design and content management; print media design and production; outstanding and polished writing and editing skills; and enthusiasm for promoting and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. An understanding of web and other accessibility guidelines for individuals with visual, auditory and other disabilities is key to our work. At least two years of related experience in a business environment are desired and a portfolio of work should be available for ECNV’s review. A demonstration of writing, editing, design, social media and web skills will be part of the interview process.

ECNV provides a supportive work environment. We are located at the Courthouse Metro. The salary range for this position, depending on qualifications and experience, is $37,500 to $45,000. We offer excellent benefits, including paying full health care coverage and three weeks of paid vacation annually.

We will consider only applications that include all of the following: 1) your resume, 2) a cover letter, 3) a writing sample, and 4) links or attachments that demonstrate your graphics and web design skills to:

Jobs@ecnv.org or by mail to Jobs, ECNV, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 305, Arlington, VA 22201; or fax to 703/525-3585.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

ECNV is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Executive Director, Office of Consumer Advocates, Inc (MD)

Posted 4/19/2014

SALARY: Range: $38,000 to $42,000 depending on experience and qualifications

DESCRIPTION: The Office of Consumer Advocates, Inc. (OCA, Inc), Executive Director is responsible for managing and overseeing 7 programs, 5 of which are located in Washington County and one each, a Wellness and Recovery Center, located in Allegany and Garrett counties.  In addition, OCA, Inc. has a grant in Washington County from the Washington County Health Department, funded by ADAA, that has helped to create an Integrated Behavioral Health Wellness and Recovery Center, called Soul Haven, in Hagerstown. 

The five programs in Washington County include

  • Self-Directed Care:  A program in which peer support advocates work with individual participants who develop a self-directed goal plan to further their recovery
  • Peer Support and Recovery Program that assists individuals with accessing public benefits, housing, employment, and in addressing personal and other family issues and accessing appropriate resources
  • Listening Line:  A “warm” telephone line from 5-10 p.m., M-F.  This provides an access to a caring listener who can provide support, information, and resources. 
  • Transportation program:  Provides transportation to and from Soul Haven, the Washington County Wellness and Recovery Center and to appointments at the Self-Directed Care program and the Peer Support and Recovery Program
  • Soul Haven, an integrated behavioral health wellness and recovery center, that provides informational and support groups about health and wellness, individual 1:1 peer support, social activities, meals, and other services and resources. 

Allegany County has Hope Station, a wellness and recovery center that serves the adults of Allegany County similarly to Soul Haven.  Hope Station also provides an evening support group for people with affective disorders as well as a GLBT evening support group. 

Garrett County has Mountain Haven, a wellness and recovery center located in Oakland, that operates similarly to Soul Haven and Hope Station.  All three wellness and recovery centers provide group activities and support, socialization, and other individualized services and supports.  In addition, each of the programs has a coordinator who is under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.

The person in this position will work to ensure the highest quality of services from staff advocates whom he/she supervises and brainstorm on solutions to issues that arise in all programs and services. 

Duties will include:

  • Fiscal management of all programs
  • Direct supervision of the program manager and the coordinators in each of the programs
  • Coordination with the accountant
  • Ensuring reporting of all tax, fiscal, and other reports due
  • Payment of all bills
  • Development of each fiscal year’s budget for approval
  • Coordination and development of all services offered
  • Hiring of all staff and monitoring of successful completion of probationary periods
  • All human resources functions
  • Supervision of the administrative assistant
  • At least monthly visits to each program
  • Completion of monthly reports to the Washington County Mental Health Authority
  • Completion of invoices for monthly billing by deadline
  • Coordination of reporting, calls, etc. with the Mental Hygiene Administration (soon to be the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration)
  • Tracking of all expenditures
  • Scheduling and coordination of monthly calls with coordinators
  • Coordination and provision of training for all OCA staff
  • Participation in all Board meetings; preparing minutes at these meetings, and preparing an Executive Director’s report to be provided to all board members for discussion at these meetings
  • Participation in community coalitions and meetings, e.g., the Washington County Homeless Coalition.  Ensuring that all relevant coalitions and community groups include representation from OCA. 
  • Creatively address strategies to engage individuals more effectively in OCA program
  • Lead all-staff quarterly meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by the OCA Board of Directors


Education: At least a Bachelor’s degree in human services, social work, psychology, or related field or equivalent experience

Experience: At least 5 years of progressive non-profit management experience, including development and management of budgets.  Experience providing recovery supports to adults 18 and over


  • Supervisory experience and/or demonstrated supervisory skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and other office programs
  • Experience utilizing above computer programs
  • Ability to work collaboratively with funding sources
  • Human resources’ experience
  • Fiscal experience
  • Ability to work successfully with non-profit board of directors

Candidates for this position should have a valid driver's license.

How To Apply: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications should send a letter of interest and resume to Ms. Sharon Smith, Board President, 1527 Sherman Avenue,  Hagerstown, MD  21740 by Monday, April 21, 2014. 


Executive Director - NRCPDS (grant-funded) (MA)

Posted 2/24/2014

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,100 full-time undergraduates and 4,700 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities and a member of the Association of Research Universities, Boston College has 752 full-time and 1,080 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $886 million, and an endowment of approximately $2 billion.

Position Details

Department: 059001 - Graduate School of Social Work
Position: 00013811 - Executive Director, NRCPDS
Grade or Band: 4TH

Job Description

Executive Director, NRCPDS (grant-funded)

Hiring Range: $128,000 -$160,000

Reporting to the Dean of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, the NRCPDS Executive Director will be responsible for providing leadership in the identification and implementation of funded projects to ensure successful advancement towards the mission of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS). The NRCPDS Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing an annual operating budget that currently equals $2.1M, comprising multiple grants, contracts, and special revenue projects. This position will be responsible for developing, fostering, and maintaining relationships with funders and key stakeholders, and overseeing all Center projects and research. The NRCPDS Executive Director will have overall responsibility for strategic planning, approving budgets, providing day-to-day leadership and supervision to approximately 15 locally-based and remote staff as well as several consultants, making final employment decision recommendations, and conducting evaluations. The Executive Director will ensure that the Center operates and conducts activities consistent with the Boston College mission, policies, and procedures.

Identify and secure funding, develop, foster and maintain relationships with federal agencies and private foundations, collaborate with partners and stakeholders, plus serve on national panels, overseeing communications ranging from congressional briefings to media.

Oversee all Center projects and initiatives, ensuring that the Center operates and conducts activities consistent with the Boston College mission, policies, and procedures. Provide direction and oversight on the prioritization of internal resources to ensure effective design of projects, work plans, quality management plans, and deliverables.

Oversee the day-to-day operations of the NRCPDS, including attending project meetings, reviewing organizational structures and processes, managing effective resource allocation, project development and monitoring practices, and supervision of functional leads.

Collaborate with the key staff in all strategic planning efforts associated with the NRCPDS. Includes contributing to the creation of new concepts, research ideas, and projects aligned with the mission of the NRCPDS and working with NRCPDS staff, Boston College departments and external partners.

Work with the NRCPDS Director of Finance & Administration to provide oversight of the grant development process, including delegating roles, ensuring critical components are complete, and reviewing final documents. Additionally, work in partnership with the Director of Finance & Administration to ensure the Center budget is aligned with Center priorities, and provide input for the financial operations of the NRCPDS.

Provide general oversight of human resource functions, support the development of individual personnel goals, and prepare annual reviews.

Please include a cover letter with your application.


  • Masters Degree in Management, Business, Social Work or Public Policy (or related degree)
  • 10+ years of demonstrated management experience
  • The understanding of and ability to work collaboratively with different stakeholders and departments within a university or non-profit.
  • Expertise and background in cultivating funders
  • Designing and developing training and technical assistance programs that support service providers in the aging and disability field, research and policy analysis experience including writing and managing competitive grants
  • Must possess a proven track record of cultivating funders and successfully securing major funding
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Advanced management and supervisory skills
  • Policy, analytical, interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving-skills
  • Ability to work under pressure to balance multiple demands
  • The ability to plan and carry out program/process analysis, and financial management experience
  • Subject-matter expertise and knowledge of long-term care, home and community-based services and participant-directed approaches


  • PhD

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, and other options, please visit https://www7.bc.edu/erecruit/index.html


Deputy Director/Technical Assistance Center Director (OR)

Posted 2/21/2014

Mental Health America of Oregon (MHAO) is an inclusive grassroots mental health organization dedicated to empowering consumer/survivor voices to drive services and policies that foster wellness and full participation in life choices and recovery.

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center, a project of MHAO, is a national consumer/survivor technical assistance center funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Peerlink works to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of peer-run programs and traditional mental health organizations. We offer training in organizational development, employment, financial self-sufficiency, and health/wellness to people who use/have used mental health services, peer support providers, and community agencies. We believe that people who experience mental health challenges are empowered by working, having financial resources, and participating in their communities as informed and healthy citizens.

Mental Health America of Oregon/Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is seeking a Deputy Director/Technical Assistance Center Director. This position:

  • Develops and oversees implementation of the Peerlink workplan.
  • Supervises and directs Peerlink TAC staff, consultants, and contractors.
  • Maintains data system and oversees implementation of project evaluation for grant activities.
  • Collaborates and develops materials and provides technical assistance and training as needed in content areas including Financial Self-Sufficiency, Employment, Health and Wellness, and Organizational Capacity Building.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with other national organizations; represents Peerlink at state, national, and international meetings and events.
  • Partners with the Executive Director in essential internal agency leadership activities (human resources, administration, project development and organizational planning).
  • In the absence of the Executive Director, oversees administration of Mental Health America of Oregon.

Qualifications: Must be a consumer/survivor willing to self-identify and have seven to ten years related experience/training including at least three years of management experience. Bachelor’s degree required; master’s or doctorate degree preferred in related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Skills and knowledge required: Demonstrated leadership, team building, collaboration, communication, supervisory, general and financial management skills. In-depth understanding of the consumer/survivor movement and the principles of recovery and wellness.

Hours per week: This is a full time salaried, exempt position.
Salary range: $60,000-65,000 annually.
To apply: Please visit http://mhaoforegon.org/careers for complete job description and application instructions. This position closes on Friday, March 21th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.


Statewide Trainer (NY)

Posted 2/19/2014

Statewide Trainer - Full Time, Exempt Position
Salary Range $41,000 - $48,000 with Excellent Benefits
Based in Albany, NY

The Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. (MHEP) is a not-for-profit agency organized in 1988 to develop and strengthen self help and mutual support activities throughout The United States. MHEP is generally focused on offering skill building activities and education related to self help, mutual support and recovery; organizing people to create desired change in their own lives and in their communities; creating and delivering workshops and skill building seminars that help individuals find and connect with their personal power and the power of self help. At this time, MHEP has a job opening for a statewide trainer. This person will be responsible for:

  1. Engaging in community organizing efforts that will cultivate and support meaningful and substantial forms of personal growth and community connectedness;
  2. Cultivating, supporting and role modeling meaningful and substantial forms of systems advocacy;
  3. Facilitating skill building activities around the state that assist people to find and connect with their personal power and the power of self~help.


The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated experience as a seasoned trainer, public speaker and curriculum developer. This individual will also have knowledge related to the general principles of community organizing, Intentional Peer Support and Trauma Informed Practices. Additional requirements of this position include computer literacy, excellent written and oral communication skills, experience coordinating multiple projects simultaneously and organizing workload to manage multiple deadlines. A clean, valid NYS drivers’ license, and a personal vehicle are also required. Since MHEP highly values the benefits of peer support and self help, our ideal candidate will be a person who has been given a psychiatric diagnosis and has first-hand, personal experience with the mental health system.

To Apply

MHEP is an equal opportunity employer. We actively recruit and hire qualified people who may have disabilities and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or sexual orientation. To express interest in this position, please email, fax or send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: Pam Maxim, Administrative Director, MHEP, 3 Atrium Drive, Suite 205, Albany NY 12205 Fax #: 518/434-3823, mhepinc@aol.com.

Resumes received without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Resumes must be received by fax, email or mail by April 18, 2014.


Director of Crisis Diversion Services (NY)

Posted 2/11/2014

PEOPLe, Inc. is a peer run organization located in the Mid-Hudson River region of New York State. PEOPLe, Inc. has pioneered Peer- Run Hospital Diversion Services with the development of Emergency room Advocacy, Hospital Diversion Houses (Respites), Mobile Peer Diversion services and Pro-Active Wellness Services.

We seek a Director of Crisis Diversion Services to join our senior administrative team to assist in current and future evolution of our services to meet the new trends in wellness services and Medicaid re-design. This position will be part of a dynamic team that is person-centered and quality driven.


The Director of Crisis Diversion will provide direct oversight of all PEOPLe, Inc. diversionary services, by planning, directing, and coordinating the daily functions and future development of peer-operated programs that support individuals experiencing mental health crises and/or emotional distress to stay out of hospital emergency rooms (for behavioral health reasons) and/or psychiatric inpatient programs.


  • Oversee activities directly related to providing services at PEOPLe, Inc.’s Rose Houses (peer-operated hospital diversion houses currently serving Orange, Ulster, and Putnam counties in N.Y.), peer advocates embedded in local hospitals and/or psych. Inpatient programs, and peer-operated warm lines.
  • Review staff reports, financial statements, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement and to determine areas needing program improvement and cost efficiency.
  • Analyze quality control test results and provide feedback and interpretation to the Chief Executive Officer, other senior level administration, and staff members as necessary.
  • Manage staff, preparing work schedules and assigning specific duties.
  • Refine and implement departmental policies, goals, objectives, and procedures, conferring with the Chief Executive Officer, other senior level administration, and staff members as necessary.
  • Determine staffing requirements, and interview, hire and train new employees, or oversee those personnel processes.
  • Review statistical studies, technological advances, or regulatory standards and trends to stay abreast of issues in the field of quality control.
  • Review quality documentation necessary for regulatory submissions and inspections.
  • Formulate, direct, and coordinate marketing activities and policies to promote PEOPLe, Inc.’s crisis diversion services and products.
  • Identify, develop, or evaluate marketing strategy, based on knowledge of establishment objectives, market characteristics, and other relevant factors.
  • Plan and conduct training programs and forums dealing with new procedures, instructional materials and equipment, and teaching aids relevant to the field.
  • Confer with members of committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas, and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, and occupational areas.
  • Research, evaluate, and prepare recommendations on curricula, instructional methods, and materials for training programs and forums.
  • Organize production and design of curriculum materials.


  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in senior administrative role with responsibility for multiple aspects of a program's activities and procedures required.
  • Ability to handle challenging situations with tact, diplomacy, confidence, and grace required.
  • Ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization required.
  • Strong analytical / problem solving skills required.
  • Strong skills with MS Office suite (Powerpoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook) preferred.
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects and attend concurrently to multiple deadlines required.
  • Ability to motivate others to meet standards and goals by leading through example required.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation.
  • Working knowledge of confidentiality requirements related to records pertaining to Mental Health and
  • Chemical Dependency laws required.
  • Basic knowledge of community support services/resources required.

Salary and benefits package are commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of intent to:

Steve Miccio, CEO
PEOPLe, Inc.
126 Innis Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Peer Bridger Coordinator (AK)

Posted 12/4/2013

The Peer Bridger Coordinator position offers an exciting opportunity to work for a unique mental health organization and provide Peer Support to people in transition from a hospital setting. Using personal history and experience with behavioral health challenges he or she would guide, coach, and mentor adults who are transitioning into independent living. This would include finding resources, building support networks, and provide “in reach” groups to mental health facilities.

Peer support includes the following:

  • Using your experience of recovery to help a young person succeed
  • Collaborating with other organizations and hospital to support recovery and independence
  • Providing one-on-one or group activities designed to share experiences, build relationships, enhance competency, and develop community living skills
  • Maintaining frequent contact with the people in order to provide support and guidance
  • Encouraging people to participate in wellness and recovery activities

Position Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • GED or High School diploma
  • Upper Level Education a plus
  • Attend and facilitate groups inside API and Providence Mental Health Unit
  • Be familiar with “Consumer Lead” outpatient services and provide community outreach to increase Peer awareness
  • Lead week Peer Support trainings to broaden understanding of Peer Support and program goals
  • Coordinate and link Peer Bridgers and volunteers with people interested in services
  • Collect data important to maintain the Peer Bridger program
  • Should be familiar with quarterly grant reporting requirements and assisting with the grant reporting process
  • Competent to provide peer support services by having experienced behavioral health issues in your life
  • Have a willingness to share this experience to support others
  • Be able to engage peers in the community
  • Be willing to participate in CHOICES’ Leadership Team

Other Requirements: A cleared background check and current TB are required, prior to employment. CPR/First certified is also required within 30 days of employment and you must have completed WRAP or be able to complete WRAP training within the first year of employment.

Please email your letter of interest and resume to lisas@choices-ak.org or fax it to (907) 333-4383.

CHOICES, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Organization to provide equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law. This policy also prohibits employees from harassing any other employees for any reason including, but not limited to, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disabled status.


Progam Manager - The Alaska Mental Health ConsumerWeb (AK)

Posted 10/9/2013

IMMEDIATE OPENING! The Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web is seeking a professional to assist the Executive Director in maintaining daily organizational and programmatic operations of this successful recovery-based drop-in center. Job duties would include, but are not limited to, staffing oversight, training collaborations with other agencies to obtain services, and assist in the development of wellness plans for participants. Additional responsibilities include understanding the peer movement and mentoring.

Duties would include the following:

  • Positive Consumer-oriented Services and Peer Support
  • Staffing and Supervision
  • Recovery Skill Training
  • Case Management
  • Administration

Masters in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services, or related field preferred. Bachelor's degree with five years of experience in the Human Service field working with this population may be substituted. Prior experience working with the Peer Support Movement. Understands and enjoys working with people with any combination of the following: developmental disabilities, mental illness, homelessness, traumatic brain injuries and substance abuse.

Prior experience working with people who may have complex histories of involvement with the criminal justice system, API, and adverse childhood and/or adult trauma/PTSD issues. You must have completed WRAP or be able to complete WRAP training within the first year of employment. Previous experience working with a shelter, transitional and permanent housing resources in Anchorage. Experience and training in crisis management and conflict resolution training desired.

You must be able to pass a background check, prior to employment and have a valid Driver's License.

If you are interested in making a difference, please submit your letter of interest and resume to lisas@choices-ak.org or via fax to (907) 333-4383. Please, no phone calls.

The Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web is an Equal Opportunity Employer.