NAMI Greater Seattle - Executive Director


Position: Executive Director, NAMI Greater Seattle Seattle, WA

NAMI Greater Seattle currently seeks a dynamic executive director who is passionate and committed to addressing the needs of individuals and families who are living with mental illness. The executive director will implement strategic direction, while assuming a hands-on role. Candidates must have experience with strategic and tactical fund development, membership development and administrative management. The ideal candidate will possess an inspiring strategic vision, strong fiscal management acumen, excellent management and communication skills, and the ability to move the organization into the future.

We are seeking a successful fundraiser with demonstrated skills raising funds from a sophisticated local and regional philanthropic audience and experience in building diverse funding support from individuals, corporations, foundations, government and strategic partners.

The executive director administers agency operations, reporting to and working closely with the board of directors, staff, volunteers and internal and external committees to provide support for the overall goals and objectives of NAMI Greater Seattle.

Primary Areas of Responsibility and Representative Examples of Work


  • Administers and directs NAMI Greater Seattle programming through a staff of employees, volunteers, interns and board committees. Program areas include:
    • support groups
    • education
    • outreach
    • housing
    • scholarship
    • resource
    • referral
    • advocacy
  • Ensures that housing services are provided in compliance with applicable laws.



  • Ensures administrative and physical maintenance of all three NAMI Greater Seattle properties, including the primary office and the two residential Hofmann Houses.

Human Resources

  • Directs 3 paid employees, 175 volunteers and educational interns.
  • Responsible for employee hiring, supervision, evaluation and firing.
  • Provides oversight for staff orientation, payroll, training and development.



  • Works with the board and finance manager to develop and monitor the agency budget of $200 K.
  • Ensures agency expenses are in compliance with board approved budget levels.
  • Works with the board to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Works with the finance manager to ensure audit compliance, appropriate levels of agency insurance and compliance with all licensing requirements.



  • Works with the board to develop and work toward strategic priorities.
  • Maintains agency calendar.
  • Ensures appropriate scheduling of agency activities within the capacity of the organization.



  • Reports monthly to the board on updates related to all primary areas of responsibility. Works with the board treasurer to ensure thorough understanding of financial materials as part of the board report.
  • Oversees tracking and reporting necessary for funders, community partners, auditors, constituents and stakeholders.


Agency Marketing and Communications

  • Oversees the creation, publication and distribution of the agency newsletter, e-bulletin, social media, support group calendar, annual report and communications related to special events.
  • Ensures that all agency communications are accurate, professional, compliant with agency communications guidelines and timely.
  • Represents NAMI Greater Seattle to the media.


Advocacy and External Relations

  • Works with NAMI Washington and the other Washington State NAMI affiliates to develop and present an annual legislative agenda.
  • Represents NAMI Greater Seattle to federal, state, and local groups with diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Maintains familiarity with current issues related to mental health and social services.
  • Develops and nurtures strategic relationships to assist NAMI Greater Seattle in achieving agency objectives.
  • Oversees coordination of events intended to engage NAMI Greater Seattle members and partners, such as the agency annual meeting and picnic and the NAMI Walk of Washington.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of severe and long-term mental illness. Knowledge of and appreciation for the special concerns and problems of those with mental illness and their families and caregivers.
  • Knowledge of management principles and practices relating to human resources, budget and program administration.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including program volunteers, board members, staff, housing residents, members of the public, community partners, legislators, members of the media and NAMI Greater Seattle members.
  • Knowledge of funding resources and strategies. Demonstrated success writing, receiving and managing grant funding.
  • Significant and proven success in fundraising, donor development, and board relations.
  • Ability to conceptualize, establish goals and objectives, set priorities, develop plans of action, monitor programs, and recommend necessary adjustments.
  • High level of proficiency in all Microsoft Office Suite software and database applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5-7 years of progressive leadership experience in a nonprofit and/or health management environment.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree in Business, Public Health, Social Work or non-profit management preferred.
  • Experience with desktop publishing and website maintenance.
  • Familiarity with the public and private systems, resources and laws impacting individuals with mental illness.
  • Experience in facilities management. Familiarity with the laws governing housing services.
  • Knowledge of current literature, trends, and developments in the field of mental health
  • Experience interacting effectively with individuals who are experiencing active symptoms of mental illness.

The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $75,000 annually with paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

How to apply

Please apply with a cover letter with salary history and resume by 12/06/13

Seattle, Washington
NAMI Greater Seattle

802 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA, 98117, US