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Peer Program Coordinator

NAMI Central Texas Austin, TX
  • Expired: November 09, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.

NAMI Central Texas'”the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness'”is dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy programs.

Does the prospect of being part of a small team that's experiencing the excitement and challenge of expansion and growth excite you? While founded in 1984 as NAMI Austin, the organization has been strategically riding a wave of change in the way our community addresses mental health by providing exceptional peer-led mental health education, support and advocacy programming, all at no cost to the community. The current challenges of the pandemic crisis find the organization pivoting to online programming to continue to meet the needs of the community, making this a great opportunity for someone who gets excited at the prospect of utilizing technology to maximize the impact and reach of our unique programs.

NAMI Central Texas is currently seeking an individual to serve as the organization's first Peer Program Coordinator, reflecting the organization's commitment to meet the unique needs of peers.. As member of the program team, the Peer Program Coordinator will be responsible for assessing current peer programs and develop and implement a plan in peer programming to meet the education and support needs of individuals living with a mental illness in the Central Texas area. Additionally, they will represent the affiliate in the creation of community partnerships to support peers in the Central Texas area and provide leadership in implementing best practices in peer programming for the affiliate, with a focus on recruiting and developing a volunteer peer team to support our work.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for NAMI Central Texas to serve individuals with mental health conditions through new and existing NAMI programs and the development of community partnerships and collaborations for increased options for mental health education, support and advocacy programming in collaboration with the NAMI Central Texas Program TeamResearch and implement best practices to achieve the NAMI Central Texas' goal of becoming a thought leader and convener for peer support in the affiliate's service areaEngage in opportunities to develop and cultivate relationships with both well-established and new community peer resources, peer leaders, peer coalitions, peer networks and organizationsIdentify and address peer program needs in the NAMI Central Texas service area by assessing and evaluating trends and services while ensuring the input of peers
  • Serve as a trained program leader and presenter for NAMI Signature and NAMI Central Texas' programs
  • Ensure program needs of planning, promotion, scheduling, venue coordination, materials and volunteers for workshops, presentations, support groups, trainings and classes for both family members and peers as well as the community at large with support from the NAMI Central Texas Program Team
  • Strategically plan outreach activities to recruit, engage, train, retain, support and manage community volunteers to serve as NAMI program leaders
  • Serve as a trusted and dependable source of information, resources and guidance for peers contacting NAMI Central Texas
  • Launch and coordinate a peer support volunteer group which would expand the organization's support to individuals in the community by connecting them to NAMI programming, community resources and assisting in navigating the mental health system in alignment with the organization's mission and strategic plan
  • Represent NAMI Central Texas and share its message, mission and vision
  • Provide excellent support and service to volunteers, participants, staff and stakeholders
  • Requirements:

    '¢ Must have lived experience as a person living with a mental illness as required to facilitate NAMI programs

    '¢ Peer Support Specialist Certification (or ability to complete certification process)

  • 3+ years of program development experience in the nonprofit sector preferred but not required
  • '¢ 2+ years of volunteer recruitment and management preferred but not required

    '¢ Strong public speaking, presentation and communication skills

    '¢ Confidence in self-advocacy and sharing one's personal recovery story

    '¢ Exceptional networking, leadership and organizational skills

    '¢ Experience working with a wide range of diverse people and groups especially underserved populations

    '¢ Ability to work in collaboration with a team

    '¢ Experience engaging with staff, board, volunteers and the community utilizing a nonjudgmental approach, active listening and leading with a positive attitude

    '¢ Ability to maintain confidentiality

    '¢ Valid driver's license and access to a reliable motor vehicle as frequent travel is required

    '¢ Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends

    '¢ Bilingual English / Spanish preferred

    '¢ Familiarity with Central Texas counties

    '¢ Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite; familiarity with project management platforms (such as Asana) and experience with Salesforce a plus

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Workplace benefits:

  • Offices located at the historic Austin State Hospital grounds in central Austin
  • Flexible work environment and schedule
  • Collaborative and positive team environment
  • Paid time off
  • Paid professional development
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Health insurance coverage
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    NAMI Central Texas


    Austin, TX