Partner for Mental Health is committed to helping people experiencing mental health challenges build meaningful lives in their home communities. Our approach and values are recovery oriented and evidence-based. We believe diversity of staff, thought, approach, and experience provides the optimal environment for our success. Partner for Mental Health is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. We afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.
We are a family-friendly workplace that is drug-free and values and promotes self-care.
Individuals in long-term recovery from trauma, mental health challenges, or substance use disorder are strongly encouraged to apply.
Position Title: Communications Officer
Schedule: Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week. The schedule is flexible with some ability to work remotely.
Salary: $19.23 per hour
Benefits: health care stipend, paid personal leave and sick leave
POSITION SUMMARY – Partner for Mental Health is looking for a Communications Officer to create, implement, and evaluate the agency’s comprehensive communications plan to further our goal of helping people experiencing mental illness live meaningful and healthy lives.
The successful candidate must recognize the inherent dignity of all human beings and shares Partner for Mental Health’s belief that people experiencing mental illness can and should live self-directed lives in their home communities. A commitment to recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and person-centered language and standards is a firm prerequisite.
Professional experience in the non-profit or mental health fields is not required.
TO APPLY – Email your cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, explain why you want to join the Partner for Mental Health team and describe your commitment to recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and person-centered practice. While your writing sample may be on a topic other than mental health, it should clearly demonstrate your excellent written communication skills. Academic papers and/or previously published works are fine. All submissions are solely for evaluating writing skills and will be kept confidential.
Applications lacking either a cover letters and or a writing sample will not be considered. No phone calls, please. The position will remain posted until filled.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS THE FOLLOWING—
• Belief in the inherent dignity of all human beings
• Commitment to Partner for Mental Health’s belief that people experiencing mental illness can and should live self-directed lives in their home communities
• Commitment to the use of recovery-oriented, trauma-informed, and person-centered language and standards in all interactions
• Ability to hold sight of the big picture while simultaneously addressing details
• Comfort working collaboratively and will minimal direct supervision
• Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries
• Experience using databases or an enthusiastic willingness to learn
• Ability to organize time effectively to meet assigned work demands
• Excellent ability to express and transmit ideas and knowledge in a clear and organized manner to diverse audiences both verbally and in writing
• Strong people skills, sound judgment in completing tasks of the position, and enjoy a varied work schedule and job duties
• Ability to establish and maintain working relationships within and outside the agency in a professional manner
• Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office applications, WordPress, and social media platforms
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
The Communications Officer will…
• In coordination with the Executive Director, design and implement a comprehensive agency communications plan
• Create communication materials including but not limited to the Annual Report, the agency brochures and rack cards, and event collateral
• Develop collateral materials for stakeholders and community partners to ensure consistent agency messaging
• In coordination with the Executive Director, design and implement annual appeals including creation of mailing lists, letters and distribution
• Participate in outreach events to introduce new donors to Partner for Mental Health and raise awareness of agency services
• Distribute information about the agency to inform the community and potential donors.
• Keep thorough and timely records of information about contacts with donors in the agency donor management system.
• Manage the donor database including data entry, creation of acknowledgements, file management, and creation of reports
• Provide event planning and assistance
• Manage agency website content and social media platforms
• Manage communications and media for special projects as needed
• Manage agency’s donor database to ensure accuracy and timely data entry
• Set and meet goals, analyze results, and report to the Executive Director on all activities
• Participate in agency data collection and analysis
• Respond to emails and phone calls no later than the end of the following business day
•Meet with Executive Director as scheduled to discuss activities including status, needs, and progress related to assigned duties
•Be prepared for and provide input at team and agency meetings
All Partner for Mental Health Employees will…
Strive for High Quality:
• Maintain the highest integrity in all aspects of agency and program operations and duties
• Maintain flexibility when performing duties and interacting with others
• Set appropriate priorities and plan work systematically
• Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients, colleagues and donors
• Protect privacy and confidentiality of clients, colleagues and donors
• Participate in professional development and supervision to seek guidance, expand knowledge and use of best practices
Participate as an Effective Team Member:
• Treat people in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
• Be respectful in all verbal and written communication
• Actively communicate pertinent information to others in the agency who need to know
• Resolve issues with the person(s) most directly involved and encourage others to do the same
• Develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and other community agencies in related fields
• Participate in scheduled agency and other team meetings
• Know, understand and communicate the agency’s philosophy and mission
• Be proactive; give and receive input and seek solutions that balance the needs of the individual, program, agency, and community
• Provide clear and accurate information to potential clients, the community, other agencies and funders regarding the agency’s function
• Respect and protect agency-owned property and assets and use agency resources for business-appropriate purposes
• Perform other duties, not listed here, deemed necessary for the well-being of the agency
Additional Requirement – The safety of individuals with whom we work is of paramount importance to us. Every employee must pass background checks including the Virginia State Police and FBI criminal background checks.