Founded in 1982, NAMI Mass is a membership organization comprised of individuals with mental health conditions, family members, friends, professionals and others who care about people with mental health conditions. There are 21 affiliated organizations located throughout the Commonwealth. One in five adults experience some form of mental health condition in any given year. NAMI Mass provides peer and caregiver education classes and support groups, distributes weekly electronic communications, advocates for effective public policy, and fosters close working relationships with collaborative coalitions to bridge the knowledge gap and reduce stigma.
NAMI Mass strives to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental health conditions through education, support and advocacy. Free educational programs are led by volunteers with lived experience of mental illness or family members. We offer resources, insight, coping skills and genuine support for families and those in recovery. All volunteers are trained according to the best practices established by NAMI National. NAMI Mass offers the following programs and initiatives:
Allies for Student Mental Health – an innovative in-service training program for teachers and school administrators that addresses classroom challenges presented by students with mental health issues.
Basics – a six-week education program for caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health issues, taught by trained parents and caregivers dealing with similar issues.
Compass – a free statewide, comprehensive mental health information and resource helpline for people with mental health challenges, families, providers and other community members to connect and problem solve with NAMI Mass-trained peer and family Navigators.
Criminal Justice Diversion Project – a cutting-edge program that supports police crisis intervention training (CIT) in safely and humanely responding to people with mental health conditions to prevent unnecessary arrest and incarceration.
Diversity and Inclusion Training – programs that focus on raising awareness and sensitivity to cultural discrimination from implicit bias by bringing NAMI programs to communities of color and LGBTQ.
Family-to-Family – an evidence-based 12-week program that provides psycho-education, resources and support to families, taught by NAMI-trained family members.
In Our Own Voice – a core program offering presentations by two trained people who are progressing through their journey of recovery.
Peer-to-Peer – an 11-week recovery-focused educational program for adults who wish to establish and maintain wellness in response to mental health challenges.
Advocacy – an aggressive state and local policy agenda to restore funding and shift resources from facilities and institution-based services to community-based care.
CEOs Against Stigma – a pioneering effort that recruits Massachusetts CEOs who are committed to eliminating stigma in their workplaces.
NAMIWalks Massachusetts – the annual stigma-busting Walkathon that builds community and promotes awareness of NAMI Mass programs, generating 40% of the organization’s annual budget.
Connections – recovery support groups for peers led by NAMI-trained peer facilitators.
Family Support Groups – secure, nonjudgmental groups where caregivers can discuss concerns and benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of others.
NAMI Mass has an 18-member Board of Directors and a staff of 18 (full and part-time). Annual revenue totals approximately $1.5 million from sources including NAMIWalks, Mass. Dept. of Mental Health, membership fees, individual and corporate contributions, foundation grants, and special events.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of NAMI Mass and reports directly to the Board of Directors. S/he will lead others to achieve the mission and vision and will serve as the public face of NAMI Mass.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership – With the Board, establishes the strategic direction and carries out the mission.
Development – Leads the ongoing development and implementation of a comprehensive fundraising strategy to expand financial support.
Marketing – Oversees media and marketing strategies to increase visibility, serving as the primary external contact.
Management and Supervision – Oversees the development and implementation of programs and policies, with responsibility for all administrative and supervisory matters in connection with operation and maintenance of the state office.
Relationship with NAMI affiliates, NAMI National, and external organizations – Fosters and maintains relationships with NAMI National and affiliates. Forms and participates in related coalitions.
Advocacy and PR – With the Board, establishes policy positions and communicates NAMI Mass’s position in interactions with State agencies and the Legislature, other advocacy groups, and committees.
Financial Management – Works with the Board Treasurer and the staff to develop an annual balanced budget and manages resources within budgetary guidelines; provides regular financial reports to the Board.
Board of Directors – Assists the Board in meeting its governance responsibilities. Attends Board meetings, reports on progress toward organizational objectives, and identifies appropriate committee structures and committee/Board members.
Commitment to the mission of NAMI; knowledge and professional experience with mental health conditions and the impact on family systems. Personal experience an asset.
Demonstrated success in fundraising and donor relations.
Excellent communication skills in public speaking, writing, and personal interaction.
Experience in leadership and management, with a minimum of 7 years of senior level nonprofit management and supervision of personnel.
Knowledge of governance roles and responsibilities and experience working with a Board of Directors.
Track record of public policy advocacy and legislative initiatives as well as constructive participation in coalitions and partnerships.
Experience in managing budgets and financial administration.
Experience working with state contracts a plus.
To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Susan Egmont at Egmont Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you become a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI you become a member at the National, State, and local Affiliate level. Joining NAMI increases the power of your voice to advocate for millions of Americans affected by mental illness and to fight mental illness stigma and the resulting discrimination. Some of the additional benefits of NAMI Membership are:
Currently NAMI Membership is purchased as follows:
Effective July 1, 2017 NAMI Membership Dues will change: