Director, Diversity And Inclusion Located At Va, Arlington - Job Post By: National Alliance On Mental Illness

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Today, we are an alliance of hundreds local affiliates, state organizations and a national office who work in communities across the United States to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI advocates for all who are affected by mental illness, both the individuals and the people in their lives. In particular, we work to address disparities and injustices and to promote dignity and inclusion for all people with mental illness and their families. In addition to being advocates, we educate, we listen, and we lead as evidenced by our public awareness campaigns, the range of numerous programs we provide, and our strong public policy.

We are seeking an energetic, entrepreneurial and highly collaborative person to provide vision, leadership and influence for our diversity, inclusion and equity efforts internally and externally across our national, state, and affiliate offices. Reporting directly to the COO and indirectly to the CEO, the successful candidate will continually assess and monitor NAMI’s practices, applying innovative best practices from mental health, disability, healthcare and/or other industry segments that are impactful to our internal and external clients. The successful candidate will develop collaborative action plans defining steps that NAMI can take to achieve greater diversity and inclusion to fulfill the commitment in our upcoming strategic plan. This position requires a candidate with strong influencing skills to team with leadership at the national office and work with volunteer and staff leaders from across the NAMI Alliance.


• Conduct assessments and collaboratively develop the national office’s plan to promote diversity and inclusion. Develop a system for monitoring NAMI’s progress in advancing diversity and inclusion that integrates into reporting on NAMI’s strategic plan and organizational goals. Lead an internal cross functional committee to promote transformation and employee engagement in diversity and inclusion efforts.
• Partner with the Human Resources Director to strengthen the HR process to attract, retain and develop a diverse staff and promote an inclusive culture at our national office.
• Develop and implement a process for obtaining input and identifying and sharing effective practices from leaders in NAMI’s field who are working on diversity and inclusion and from other experts, including diversity and inclusion leaders at other health and disability organizations. Convene initial thought leaders to help NAMI with diversity and inclusion efforts and develop ongoing process for refining strategies and incorporating effective practices.
• Provide thought leadership with respect to NAMI’s efforts to scale its work so NAMI reaches more people from diverse communities and becomes a go-to source on how health systems and the broader mental health field can better serve diverse communities. Partner with various teams to develop research and communication plans to effectively reach, engage, educate and support members of diverse communities affected by mental health conditions.
• Lead a process for assisting teams at the national office in identifying how diversity and inclusion can advance their ability to deliver the NAMI mission in their work, initially with respect to the new strategic plan and ongoing. Help staff identify and connect with resources and supports they need to strengthen their work on diversity and inclusion in their activities.
• Identify, represent and support diverse local affiliation leaders as well as their multicultural work. Develop a affiliation level affinity group to provide support and a voice for multicultural efforts.
• Provide training and tools for state organizations and affiliates to assess their cultural competence, develop local action plans, and monitor results. Partner with the field advancement team and other teams in maintaining and cultivating new partners from diverse communities and those serving diverse communities.
• Contribute to fundraising proposals to advance diversity and inclusion work. Respond to media inquiries or assist in identifying appropriate spokespeople on issues relating to mental illness in diverse communities. Assist in recruiting diverse speakers, writers, story tellers, bloggers, ambassadors, and others.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, Human Development, Diversity Studies, Business Administration or other relevant field required. Advanced degree preferred.
• Minimum of five (5) years' progressive relevant experience required, 8+ years preferred.
• Demonstrated expertise in effective practices, tools and training for advancing diversity and inclusion across an organization.
• Strong influencing and negotiation skills with an ability to drive alignment across leaders and staff at all levels in an organization.
• Experience in managing complex and multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
• Collegial team player with genuine commitment to working in partnership with colleagues, works collaboratively with national office, affiliate and state staff, and external stakeholders.
• Experience guiding a mission driven, complex organization through change management from assessment to monitoring to achieve more diversity and inclusivity with positive, measurable outcomes. Knowledge and skills on developing and implementing cultural competence efforts.
• Deep understanding of how race, class, gender, sexual orientation and health status (mental health in particular) relate to power and privilege and influence an individual’s experience in the workplace and in communities, with keen ability to guide others toward the same understanding.
• Excellent presentation and facilitation skills. Comfortable with communications and social media.
• Knowledge or experience with the issues and concerns of people with mental illness and their families.
• Experience with NAMI or other organization focused on serving people with local and national offices preferred. Health system experience also a plus.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.

This position is based in Arlington, VA.

Must pass background check.

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Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Date Posted: 2019-03-05
Minimum Education: Unspecified

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