Careers at MHAO

Open Position: Executive Director


Position Summary:  Mental Health America of Oregon (MHAO) providesa continuum of Peer Delivered programs statewide and nationally including training, technical assistance, and direct peer support services for people who experience mental health challenges. The Executive Director, under the oversight of the MHAO Board of Directors, provides strategic leadership in developing and expanding new programs and generating financial supports to sustain the ongoing operation of all MHAO services. The Executive Director is responsible for building collaborative relationships with other agencies, county leadership and insurance provider groups to support integration of MHAO programs into the net of community services available to those seeking mental health supports. The Executive Director also represents MHAO on advisory boards and committees as deemed appropriate and acts in accordance to the mission and values of the organization.


Executive Director Duties & Responsibilities: Under the broad direction of the Board of Directors, provides leadership and management oversight to carry out the vision and mission of the organization.


1.      Provides leadership consistent with the mission in developing program, organization and financial plans with the Board of Directors. 

a.       Develops and implements a Strategic Plan with the Board of Directors.

b.      Carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.   

c.       Works collaboratively with the Board of Directors to establish MHAO’s local, state, and national roles and communicates that information to the broader community.

2.      Oversees the financial health of the organization including the following:

a.       Supervises the Financial Accountant and Administrative Coordinator.

b.      Assures that financial systems are organized, efficient, and effective to meet grant and funding requirements as well as maintaining a financially healthy organization.

c.       Assures that the Board of Directors has the information and education needed to make sound financial decisions.  Provides Board training as needed. 

d.      Oversees annual budget development and financial reviews/audits.

3.      Directs fundraising and grant-writing activities to broaden MAHHhjHHAO’s funding base. 

4.      Assures that MHAO has adequate infrastructure and operational policies and procedures in place to support programs.

a.       Assures that programs meet grant and funding requirements and are in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.  

b.      Facilitates collaboration and teamwork across staff, contractors, funders, peers, and community partners.

c.       Assures that the organization has an effective information system for internal planning, program evaluation, and grant requirements.

5.      Provides leadership, supervision, and hiring/terminating of MHAO staff. 

a.       Demonstrates best practice for leading a peer-run organizational team.

b.      Directly supervises Project Directors and administrative staff.

6.      Provides training and technical assistance and other grant required needs.

7.      Establishes collaborative working relationships with local, state, and national partners including community groups, consumer groups, state and federal agencies, funders, media, mental health professionals, and stakeholders. 

8.      Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

9.      Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.

10.  Other duties as assigned.



Qualifications for position: Must be a consumer/survivor willing to self-identify with seven to ten years related experience/training including three years of progressively increasing management and supervisory experience.  Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred in related field (e.g. MSW, MPH, MBA).  An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Must have strong experience managing staff and expertise to effectively deal with administrative issues.


Supervisory relationships: The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.Supervises the Project Directors, administrative staff, and others as appropriate.


Skills and knowledge required: Demonstrated leadership, executive management, presentation and teaching, organizational development, collaboration and team building skills. In-depth understanding of the consumer/survivor movement.  Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.  Demonstrated collaborative skills for training and technical assistance working with diverse groups of people to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness. Knowledge/ demonstrated skill in fundraising and grant-writing.  Demonstrated proficiency in managing and funding a non-profit and/or public sector entity.    Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite software.


Personal qualities: able to live the recovery principles of trust, hope, respect and empathy in interpersonal relations with staff, board, funding sources, media, and all stakeholders; disciplined and hard working; able to inspire and motivate based on a vision of how society can integrate people with mental health challenges; comfortable with traveling and meeting new people.



Amount of travel: Intermittent travel throughout the country.


Hours per Week:  This is a salaried, exempt position at 1.0 FTE.



Salary range($60,000-70,000 annually for 1.0 FTE).


If interested in applying for the Executive Director position

please send a resume with cover letter to:


or mail to:



10150 SE Ankeny St. Suite 201A

Portland, OR 97216

Please no phone calls