Mental Health America of Hawaii is Hawaii’s leading mental health advocacy and education organization. Through our leadership, we expand mental health awareness, understanding, and action. MHAH is proactive in advocating for the needs of people with mental illness, including children and youth, adults, elders, and their families – at the legislature, state agencies, and in the media. For the last several years, MHA has focused on issues pertaining to youth suicide and bullying prevention, LGBTQ youth, and college mental health.
The Executive Director role is a full-time position that serves as this small organization’s hands-on operations manager under the direction of the Board of Directors. In this capacity s/he is responsible for successful implementation of the plans and policies set by the Board of Directors. S/he sets annual organizational goals and objectives to meet clearly communicated and documented Board expectations, raising the necessary funds to carry out those plans, providing fiscal accountability and program, staff, and administrative management of the nonprofit. This entrepreneurial Executive Director provides leadership and overall management to:
Secure funding to ensure revenue is equal to or greater than annual budget needs;
Ensure that programs are provided with appropriate support systems in the areas of staffing, planning, facilities, funding, program management, and evaluation;
Develop and implement new fund development strategies, programs, and marketing approaches, to ensure the growth and sustainability of the organization;
Promote Mental Health America of Hawaii and its mission to our community and current and prospective funding sources – act as the public face/primary spokesperson for MHAH and become a “Go-To” resource for media, legislators, and others who seek to understand and address Hawaii’s mental health issues.
SUPERVISION SUMMARY The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors, with the Board President as the direct supervisor. S/he will directly supervise 3-4 part-time and full-time staff, including the Maui Branch director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES In program development and administration, the Executive Director will:
Work with the board and staff to develop and implement short- and long-range planning strategies;
Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, fundraising, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff;
Develop and manage projects and evaluate their accomplishments;
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.
In operations and staff management, the Executive Director will:
Foster and build on the established organizational culture, bringing passion, compassion, and excellence to MHAH;
Supervise all aspects of Mental Health America of Hawaii organization’s operations: Administration, legislative advocacy, and program development/oversight;
Recruit, interview, select, hire, adequately train, and supervise staff;
Provide effective performance feedback through employee recognition, rewards, and disciplinary action when necessary;
Maintain transparent communication throughout the organization.
In fund development and finance, the Executive Director will:
Raise funds sufficient to sustain and grow the organization through development and implementation of a fund development plan, including donor cultivation and solicitation, direct mail, grant writing and reporting, event planning and management, and government contracts;
Develop and maintain sound financial management practices;
Work with the Finance Committee/Treasurer and the board in preparing a budget and ensure the organization operates within budget guidelines and meets fiscal goals;
Work with the bookkeeper and Treasurer on bookkeeping, financial management, and financial reporting.
In communications, the Executive Director will:
Keep the board fully informed about the organization’s condition and important influencing factors;
Develop and implement a communications plan;
Establish sound working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups and organizations;
Represent MHAH’s programs and point of view to agencies, organizations, the media, and the general public.
Advocate with legislators, state agencies, and the media about issues of concern in the field of mental health.
Please submit the following:
A one page cover letter A detailed resume of your experience and education
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty above satisfactorily. In addition s/he must have:
Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in business, psychology, social work or other equivalent degree in a field related to Mental Health America of Hawaii’s purpose; or at least four years of equivalent (as a department head or proven entrepreneur), with increasingly responsible administrative experience. At least three of those four years will have been in a supervisory capacity.
A minimum of two years of experience in administration – directing a business firm or nonprofit agency and involving supervision of a diverse program and management of significant funds.
Demonstrated success in fundraising.
Demonstrated commitment to and skills in collaboration, community relations, and advocacy.
Exceptional nonprofit management ability and a sincere commitment to/passion for the goals and values of the organization. (See the attached Organizational Overview)
Experience working with a Board of Directors and a commitment to volunteer leadership and involvement.
OTHER DESIRED SKILLS
Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills a must.
Adaptive Resourcefulness – agility/flexibility and a strong ability to identify and prioritize needs and secure appropriate resources quickly.
Personal and professional alignment with, and a personal connection to, the organization’s core values, vision, and mission.
Demonstrated interest in the organization’s vision, mission, and short- and long-term strategic goals.
Knowledge of Hawaii and awareness/sensitivity to Hawaii’s unique cultural diversity.
Strong decision-making, prioritization, and problem-solving skills. A creative self-starter who can manage his/her time and workload, with the proven ability to identify and resolve issues independently.
Appreciation for diverse cultures, working styles, and perspectives that comprise a high-functioning nonprofit.
Possess and apply at least a basic knowledge of the mental health landscape (or be a very quick learner).
Flexibility and agility in a small “many hats” organization.
MHA, the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans. With nearly a century of experience, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots actions that promote mental health, and address mental and... substance use issues with compassionate and concrete solutions. MHA’s actions inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Our 240 affiliates in 39 states represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation. Our mission:
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.