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NorthStar Executive Director

TITLE: Executive Director CLASSIFICATION: Non union REPORTS TO: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Multnomah Board of Directors SUPERVISES: NorthStar Staff START DATE: Open

NAMI Multnomah is seeking a highly motivated and talented individual to serve as Executive Director (ED) for NorthStar, an International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD) program for people living with mental illness. NorthStar will be the first ICCD standards-based Clubhouse in Oregon.

An ICCD standards-based Clubhouse is a community intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.

NAMI Multnomah is the fiscal sponsor for NorthStar. Therefore the ED will report to the NAMI Multnomah Board of Directors, the largest NAMI affiliate in the state. We have multiple well-established programs and an ever-growing group of dedicated volunteers. We have positive long-standing relationships with the county, and expect to increase our membership and community involvement.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The NorthStar ED is responsible for initial start-up and development of an ICCD standards-based Clubhouse in Portland, Oregon. Responsibilities include: raising funds for day-to-day operations and capital; recruiting staff; identifying training needs for staff; assisting in selection and remodeling requirements for the clubhouse site; developing and implementing a plan for recruiting members with the assistance of NAMI Multnomah and; when NorthStar is ready to open doors, contracting and billing for services provided to NorthStar members. Many clubhouse services qualify for Medicaid and/or Vocational Rehabilitation reimbursement.

The NorthStar ED is responsible to the NAMI Multnomah Board of Directors until NorthStar becomes established as its own separate 501(c)(3) organization. The ED will work closely with and be supported by the NorthStar Advisory Committee, a working group dedicated to the establishment of this ground-breaking project.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 1. Knowledge of and ability to start up and implement the International Standards for ICCD Clubhouses 2. Knowledge and belief in the recovery process for individuals with mental illness 3. Expertise in working with individuals who have chronic mental illness and/or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders 4. Knowledge of and ability to implement the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation 5. Knowledge of contracting for clubhouse services with county/state agencies 6. Leadership skills that result in a positive relationship with the Board of Directors and work environment for staff and members 7. Experience in fundraising and public relations 8. A proven ability to work well with a diverse group of people 9. An outgoing, energetic personality 10. Experience in program/budget development and management 11. Familiarity with community support systems, health care and human service resources 12. Good organizational and time management skills 13. Excellent writing, public speaking, and computer skills 14. Flexibility in days and hours available for scheduled work, including evenings and weekends 15. Knowledge of and ability to adhere to a professional code of ethics 16. A deep, empathetic understanding of NAMI culture, programs, mission, vision and a passion for promoting its mission

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Possession of a Masters Degree in a mental health discipline. Appropriate professional registration /certification by state/national authority required (e.g., licensed clinical social worker).

2. Knowledge of ICCD Standards required; experience in developing or managing ICCD Clubhouse preferred.

3. Minimum 5 – 7 years program development and managerial/supervisory experience preferred.

4. Possession of a valid driver’s license.


Annual salary range is $50,000 - $75,000, DOE.


To be considered, send a resume and cover letter to: Terri Walker, President, Board of Directors, NAMI Multnomah, 524 NE 52nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97213. You may also submit materials by email at: [email protected].

No phone calls, please.