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NAMI Southern Arizona Position Opening

NAMI Southern Arizona Executive Director Job Announcement
National Alliance on Mental Illness-Southern Arizona (NAMI-SA) was founded in 1983 by family members seeking to obtain and improve services for their loved ones living with mental illness. Based in Tucson, Arizona, NAMI-SA was the fourth affiliate formed in the U.S. and is now one of 1,200 affiliates nationwide. While NAMI-SA has its own Board of Directors and bylaws, NAMI National charters the organization.
The mission of NAMI-SA is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. NAMI-SA programs and initiatives include evidence-based education, support for individuals and families, and advocacy. The agency budget for FY 2019-2020 is $670,000 ($380,000 restricted), with 4 full time employees, 14 part time employees and 60 key volunteers.

Job Description
Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director of NAMI-SA has overall strategic and operational responsibility for executing NAMI-SA’s mission and vision through meeting annual goals and objectives; securing and managing finances; and overseeing programs and staff.

Ideal Qualifications
The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to NAMI-SA’s mission and have proven leadership, supervisory, and relationship building/management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of senior management experience in a nonprofit setting.
  • Track record of effectively leading staff and collaborating with a board of directors.
  • Strong fundraising experience, including donor relations (individuals, foundations, and funding agencies); planned giving and direct mail; grant writing; and community events, including NAMIWalks.
  • Solid understanding of marketing and public relations principles and effective in engaging and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders of diverse cultures.
  • Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excels in organizational management.
  • Proficient in current technology/software programs, including donor management systems.
  • Experience with social media.
  • Lived experience with mental illness, either personally or with a family member/friend.
Key Responsibilities
Strategic Vision
  • Conveys the NAMI-SA vision to staff, board, volunteers, donors, and the greater community.
  • Works with board and staff to achieve the mission through strategic planning, fund development, and community outreach and marketing.
  • Translates the organization’s strategic plan into realistic goals and objectives in concert with staff.
  • Sets and models the organization’s culture, values, and behavior.
  • Oversees marketing and communications, including social media and online content, to build a stronger NAMI-SA brand.
  • Coordinates with the Board President in conducting and planning for Board meetings, including the agenda and program, preparation of materials and involvement on Board subcommittees.
  • Communicates effectively with the Board in a timely and accurate manner, providing all information necessary for informed decision making.
Fund Development and Finances
  • Responsible for overall fiscal responsibility and sustainability of the organization.
  • With the Board, creates and implements a development plan that will fund expansion, ensures the long-term health of the organization, and identifies new resources and support.
  • Directly cultivates donor relationships and requests donations.
  • With Finance Committee, prepares and presents to the Board an annual budget and financial statements, with accompanying analysis.
  • Assures maintenance of appropriate compensation and benefits policies and practices.
  • Works with the accountant to develop, maintain, and oversee sound fiscal practices including proper internal controls, payroll, and reports to funders and donors.
  • Supports a periodic audit by an independent auditor and reports results to Board. Reports to Board on status of audit remediation recommendation(s).
  • Maintains and demonstrates a high level of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
  • Implements Board policy decisions related to operations and programming.
  • Hires and retains highly competent, qualified staff through sound job descriptions, cross training, and annual performance evaluations.
  • Signs all contract agreements, notes and other legal instruments on behalf of the organization.
  • Ensures the work of the organization is supported by clear and effective processes and measurable objectives.
  • Oversees delivery and promotion of high-quality services and program evaluation.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of mental health.
  • Supports the Board in its advocacy role by coordinating with NAMI National and other Arizona NAMI affiliates.
  • Takes necessary steps to maintain the office physical plant (property, buildings, insurance, etc.).
  • Ensures that employees have the necessary hardware, software, and communications tools necessary to perform their job responsibilities.
  • Establishes sound working relationships and collaborative agreements with community groups, businesses, and organizations.
This is a full-time, exempt salaried position based in Tucson, Arizona. The typical schedule is Monday through Friday, normal business hours with occasional evening and weekend events. Some travel is required.

NAMI-SA offers competitive compensation, paid vacation and holidays, and subsidized health insurance. Salary commensurate with experience.
Equal Opportunity Employer

To Apply
No one person will encompass all the ideal attributes. Please submit a resume and a cover letter that includes a description of how your skills, experience and education align with the key job responsibilities to the NAMI-SA Search Committee at:

Files may be in MS Word or PDF format. All applicants will receive an email confirmation of receipt of their application and requests for further information, if needed. No phone calls please. Applications received by October 15, 2019, will receive full consideration. Position open until filled.

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