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:

Or mail to:

External Advocate Search
1414 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103

Download a PDF of the position description. 


Job Opportunity with P.E.E.R.S.

TAY Youth Program Coordinator 

The TAY Program Coordinator is responsible for planning, coordinating, and participating in transition age youth program meetings, special projects, and outreach events designed to promote wellness and empowerment. The TAY Program Coordinator will be expected to model youth leadership, facilitate groups, and increase transition age youth readiness for reaching wellness, education, and employment goals.  Works closely with and reports to the TAY Program Manager.

Specifications, Qualifications, and Competency Factors:

  • Experience as a mental health consumer or family member strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to PEERS Mission and Values.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with Transition Age Youth population.
  • Certified WRAP Facilitator preferred or willingness to become certified.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and meet deadlines and expectations.
  • Ability to keep information confidential.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Exceptional public speaking, presenting, and group facilitation skills.
  • Computer literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to PEERS Programs/Operations Assistant, Kelly Dannucci, at You can also fax your application to (510) 452- 1645 (Attn: Kelly Dannucci), or you can mail your application to: Attn: Kelly Dannucci -333 Hegenberger Road Suite 250, Oakland CA 94621


Job Opportunity with Mental Health America of Oregon

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. 

MHAO seeks an Executive Director to provide leadership for our vibrant non-profit organization which provides training, technical assistance, and peer support services for people who experience mental health challenges.

We currently operate a national technical assistance center for consumer/survivors and peer-provided services (, coordinate a statewide network providing community education on the Affordable Care Act, and recently began a peer support program where mental health peers support others to achieve mental health recovery .  We are also proud to be hosting the 2015 national Alternatives Conference.

The Executive Director:

  • Provides leadership consistent with the agency's mission in developing program, organization, and financial plans with the Board of Directors.

  • Oversees the financial health of the organization.

  • Directs fundraising and grant-writing activities to broaden MHAO's funding base.

  • Assures that MHAO has adequate infrastructure and operational policies and procedures in place to support programs.

  • Provides leadership and supervision.

  • Provides direct technical assistance, training, and other grant required needs. 

Qualifications:  Must identify as a consumer/survivor/person with lived experience of mental health challenges.  Must have seven to ten years related experience/training including three years of progressively increasing management and supervisory experience.  Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred in related field.  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Compensation:  This is a full-time salaried, exempt position.  Salary range $60,000-$70,000 per year DOE. Benefits include combine vacation and sick leave (PTO), health, vision and dental insurance.

To apply:  Please visit for complete job description and application instructions.  Applications will be accepted through October 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.


Job Opportunity with Soteria Vermont

Soteria Vermont is seeking a psychiatrist for eight hours per week beginning December 15, 2014. Soteria Vermont is a new residential hospitalization­alternative program for individual experiencing an initial episode of psychosis. The residence is located in Burlington and has the capacity to serve up to five people at a given time. The program will serve individuals who have had minimal exposure to psychoactive medication and/or psychiatric hospitalization. A foundational belief of Soteria is that psychosis can be a temporary experience to work through as opposed to a chronic mental illness in need of managing. Our approach views psychiatricmedication as one of many tools that an individual can utilize in navigating distress and crisis.The individual chooses which tools they feel are most effective and helpful. This may meanshort trials of medications or no medications at all.

This is a unique opportunity to work in an alternative setting that values the autonomy and agency of the person at the center of concern. Soteria provides a highly interactive environment with collaborative decision making. Come work with a dedicated and motivated group. The psychiatrist position is not responsible for supervising Soteria staff. $120/hour compensation.
If interested, please send your CV to Amos Meacham at or the following address: Pathways Vermont, 1233 Shelburne Rd Suite E6, South Burlington, VT 05403.