The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery is Hiring!


Director of Public Policy - National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) (DC) The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) is pleased to announce that we are hiring for a new position, Director of Public Policy. Salary TBD based on qualifications and experience, benefits included. Applications are due November 11, 2011. This full time position involves two main job duties, .25 working on Capitol Hill as the lead legislative representative of the NCMHR, and .75 time working as a policy expert on at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s new Bringing Recovery Support Services to Scale Technical Assistance Center (BRSS TACS). We will consider people who do not have all of the following experience but the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience educating elected representatives and their staff about NCMHR policy priorities;
  •  Experience developing state or federal legislation and seeing it through all stages to appropriations and implementation;
  •  Experience communicating with constituents about updates on critical issues as well as actions they should take (Action Alerts) with specific instructions or templates constituents may use;
  • Lived experience of mental health recovery;
  • An understanding of mental health recovery principles as articulated in the mission statement of the NCMHR;
  •  Superior writing, research, and public speaking skills;
  • Experience collaborating with a variety of stakeholders, including policymakers, providers, people with the lived experience of recovery, and family members;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Event and conference planning experience;
  • Demonstrated training experience;
  • Ability to work well as part of a highly collaborative team;
  •  Ability to manage multiple, complex tasks simultaneously; and
  • Experience with grants management and stewardship.

Duties to include:

  • Work on Capitol Hill to educate, network, build relationships and keep finger on the pulse in order to stay abreast of priority opportunities to move our legislative priorities towards enactment. Understand the inner workings of the Hill and how money and power flow – e.g., through congressional committees and strong relationships with decision-makers. Attend or participate in Senate & House Briefings, as appropriate and other meetings. Be a conduit of communication linking NCMHR state members & Hill offices/staffers;
  • Networking in collaboration with the Director of NCMHR and the NCMHR Board members as appropriate to develop relationships that increase our voice and visibility with important federal agencies such as Medicaid and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration;
  •  Monitor and screen legislation and potential sign-on letters, make recommendations as to which legislation or letters the NCMHR should support and/or sign-on to. 
  •  Assist in developing federal legislation and seeing it through all stages to appropriations and implementation;
  • Create and maintain a legislative resource guide, and provide technical assistance for our membership to use for activities such as lobbying, implementing legislative days, etc.;
  • Provide input into the development of the BRSS TACS work plan;
  • Assist with the selection of consumer/survivor experts and consultants to participate in Expert Panels to guide and implement the BRSS TACS work plan;
  • Assist with the conception of and writing of policy and practice guideline papers;
  • Select relevant resources for inclusion in the BRSS TACS website and assist with web content development;
  • Provide telephonic and online technical assistance as needed;
  •  Help develop and find experts to participate in training webinars on a variety of topics;
  • Provide technical assistance and training to Mental Health Transformation Grantees;
  • Assist with the planning of various regional and national conferences/symposia/academies;
  • Assist with the State Peer Awards dissemination and selection process;
  • Prepare for and participate in on-site consultation (technical assistance) visits with consumer/survivors and other stakeholders, as needed;Create specialized technical assistance products based on the identified needs of consumer/survivors; and
  • Write and edit reports.

People with the lived experience of mental health recovery are encouraged to apply.
Applications should include in one word document: a cover letter explaining why you would be an excellent candidate, and a resume. Applications should have the subject line state:  Dir of Public Policy, your first and last name. Applications are due November 11, 2011 to No phone calls please. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you. The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery is an equal opportunity employer whose policy is to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or age. BRSS TACS represents an unprecedented opportunity to build a comprehensive, coordinated system that leverages previous Federal, State and local accomplishments. This project will design and implement a peer-led and peer-driven recovery oriented system of supports and services so that all Americans can have a “high quality, self-directed, satisfying life in their community” SAMHSA 2011.