NAMI Massachusetts, a leading voice in the Massachusetts Mental Health community and a mission-driven grassroots nonprofit organization, is seeking an experienced Program Director to oversee and expand the work of the Criminal Justice Diversion Program.
Founded in 1982, NAMI Mass is a membership organization comprised of individuals with mental health conditions, family members, friends, professionals and others who commit to advancing positive outcomes and recovery for all affected by mental health conditions. We provide peer and family education classes, support groups and advocacy training and cultivate community partnerships. Our Support, Education and Advocacy efforts involve three levels of organizational collaboration: NAMI (the national organization), NAMI Mass (a state affiliate) and 17 local chapters (affiliates) throughout Massachusetts.
Summary Job Description
NAMI Mass’s Criminal Justice Diversion Project works to prevent the unnecessary arrest and incarceration of people with mental health or substance use conditions. We support police departments and other first responders in engaging with people experiencing behavioral health crises through training programs and community-building between police, health providers, and other community stakeholders. We are looking for an energetic, knowledgeable, driven professional to lead our work bridging the criminal justice and mental health fields.
• Program management including supervision of staff and intern;
• Relationship building with relevant statewide and local stakeholders, such as state agencies, law enforcement leadership, community-based providers, etc.;
• Collaboration with other behavioral health and criminal justice advocacy organizations;
• Facilitation of high level and grassroots cross-systems consensus building; convening and chairing the NAMI Massachusetts Statewide Advisory Group on Criminal Justice Diversion;
• Provide expertise and input into the creation of specialized behavioral health curriculum development and implementation for police and other first responders and law enforcement personnel;
• Public speaking on behavioral health and criminal justice issues at state conferences;
• Technical assistance to cities and towns including educational efforts, policy and procedure consultation, and community- building between local law enforcement and human service providers to improve community responses to individuals with mental health or substance use conditions;
• Representation of NAMI Mass at meetings and public events;
• Collaboration with other NAMI Mass Program Directors, particularly those with Jail Diversion grant funding.
Skills and Qualifications
• Master’s degree in social work, public health, public policy, criminal justice, or other related field preferred; Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years’ experience may be considered;
• Extensive knowledge and understanding of mental health and criminal justice systems in Massachusetts;
• Minimum of 5-7 years in progressive supervisory roles; demonstrated
• Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders and to build working community partnerships on local and state levels;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Demonstrated success in networking and partnership creation;
• Good organization, interpersonal, and computer skills; literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other programs necessary;
• Must have a car and a valid driver’s license.
Salary will be $50,000 – $54,000 DOE with benefits package. Please send resume and cover letter to Ayanna Alimayu, Office Manager by Friday, March 8, 2019.
NAMI Mass is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.