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Mental Health America (MHA) is looking for a Peer Advocacy, Supports & Services Associate for its office in Alexandria, VA. We are considering a broad range of candidates for this position. MHA believes we must address mental illness before Stage 4. We promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and recovery as a goal.
Please submit a resume, a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in mental health (why do you want to work at MHA?) AND your experience that directly relates to the skill set required by the job as outlined below.
Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.
Overall Job Function
Support the efforts of the Peer Advocacy, Supports & Services Department.
This position will support MHA’s VP for Peer Advocacy, Supports & Services in disseminating our innovative social self-directed care program which combines life coaching, self-actualization, peer support, and the principles of self-directed care to help people with serious mental illnesses integrate into and engage with their communities. The position involves setting up webinars, planning for conference exhibitions, and assisting in marketing efforts to expand its use throughout the US.
The position will also support MHA’s advanced level National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) credential, the first national advanced peer specialist credential. Job duties will include coordinating materials for newly certified peers, coordinating with MHA affiliates and other training partners, and participating in the activities of a national taskforce dedicated to expanding access to peer support across all settings and sectors.
As needed, the position will update and maintain the Center for Peer Support website, an information hub for all things peer support related. The position will involve in-depth training in each area of responsibility. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the transformation of mental health service and the use of peer support.
Please send cover letter/letter of interest and resume as well as two writing samples relevant to job description via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “PASS Associate” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls please. EOE.
Necessary Skill Set
Strong writing skills
Organizational and project management skills
Strong communications skills
Good computer skills
Ability to work as part of close-knit team
Ability and willingness to travel
2-5 years of mental health peer support experience is preferred
Mental health peer support certification is preferred
Candidates for the position who have firsthand experience with mental health recovery and willing to share that experience with the peer community are preferred.
Internal Number: PASS03
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.