Under the general direction of the Board President, the Executive Director is responsible for NAMI Greater Los Angeles County (NAMI GLAC) and its local Model B Affiliate structure and the consistent and effective achievement of its mission and financial objectives and for the leadership and management of the organization within the policies established by the Board of Directors.
Administration; Planning; Budget and Finance; Program Management; Community Representation and Outreach; Board Relations and Communication; and Staff/Volunteer Relations. In addition, the Executive Director supports the organization’s fundraising efforts. The Executive Director will supervise administrative support staff and program leaders.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The duties of the Executive Director reflect a combination of Board, staff, volunteer, and community responsibilities including juggling multiple tasks on a daily basis, interfacing with a variety of constituents, completing written tasks and spending time planning for the organization’s long-term sustainability. The position involves thinking critically and strategically, analyzing information, and making judgements, recommendations and decisions based on data, knowledge and experience. Specific tasks include:
- Ensure organization’s mission and vision are clearly defined and communicated both internally and externally.
- Provide leadership for overall planning, positioning, organization, and governance structure to ensure that available resources are most effectively used to meet the needs of the organization and clients served.
- Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Ensure the goals and objectives of the NAMI GLAC strategic plan are implemented.
- Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.
Budget and Finance:
- Update (as needed) and implement Board-adopted accounting policies and procedures to maintain strong financial administration practices.
- Creates budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
- Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.
- Monitor the budget and provide clear financial reports for the Board’s review.
- Work with current program team to recruit and train sufficient volunteers to keep support groups and education classes operating.
- Ensure compliance for grants and contracts.
- Understand and prepare program quarterly and annual reports required.
- Develop and maintain existing relationships with granting agencies.
- Ensure data collection process system exists to maintain all program data and inform key volunteers how and when to submit data.
- Develop advocacy recommendations consistent with the Board-adopted advocacy policy to support local mental health initiatives.
Community Representation and Outreach:
- Publicize the activities, programs, and goals of the organization through traditional and social media activities.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with NAMI National and California offices as well as LA County agencies.
- Represent NAMI GLAC’s programs and point of view to agencies, organizations, and the general public.
- Represent NAMI GLAC at social service organizations and meetings as appropriate.
- Build community awareness, confidence, and trust in the organization and its objectives.
Board Relations and Communication:
- Keep the Board fully informed on the condition of the organization and all-important factors influencing it.
- Provide analysis and recommendations to the Board for setting or revising NAMI GLAC goals and objectives, operating policies, strategic plan, and grant making priorities.
- Organize preparation of Executive Committee and Board of Director meetings.
- Serve as a resource to the Board in governance issues and in their efforts to build an engaged, diverse, and high performing board.
- Be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, onboarding, evaluation and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.
- Ensure that job descriptions are developed, regular performance evaluations are held, and sound human resource practices are in place.
- Maintain a climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse top-quality staff.
- Provide steady, consistent leadership and supervisory skills to develop a cohesive, motivated, and engaged staff and volunteer group
- Work with the Board of Directors to secure adequate funding for the ongoing operation of the organization.
- Identify and cultivate donors to the benefit of NAMI GLAC’s programs.
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience as a nonprofit leader.
- Strong project management skills to organize and ensure timely completion of complex, multifaceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth.
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for NAMI GLAC’s mission.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
- A valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation.
- Availability to work flexible hours and overtime, including weekends when necessary.
- A background in working with or serving on a board of directors.
- Strong leadership skills as demonstrated by success in other organizational settings, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
- Able to balance operational and staff management responsibilities with high visibility.
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Able to work proactively and independently, as well as part of a team; experience working with a collaborative, constructive peer group.
- Able to establish and maintain excellent working relationships.
- Experience serving diverse population
- Skills in financial management including budget oversight; ideally in a nonprofit setting.
- Familiarity with government contracts, grants, and funding sources and an interest in advocating with local government.
- Understanding of the basic principles of fundraising and the role an Executive Director can play in cultivating donors.
- Knowledge of LA County and/or California’s mental health care delivery system.
Compensation and benefits
Salary range is negotiable based on experience and background.