POSITION TITLE: Education Department Director  

Company Description: NAMI San Diego (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a nonprofit organization that provides free education, support services, and advocacy to improve the quality of life of everyone affected by mental illnesses. 

Primary Responsibilities/Function: The Community Education Department Director plans, organizes, and directs the day-to-day operations of the Education Department to ensure contract compliance, goal attainment and visioning. The Education Department can consist of the following programs depending on funding:  NAMI Signature programs such as the NAMI Family to Family course, NAMI support groups and In Our Own Voice presentation. Career Pathways, Friends in The Lobby and Youth and Family Programs are also integral to the department. The Education Department Director is responsible for participation and leadership with both the organization and department by designing, implementing and evaluating strategic plans, contract and budget development and compliance, and program design-implementation-evaluation.  This position is a member of the senior management team. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Oversees and participates in recruitment, supervision, training and recognition of department staff and volunteers.  
  • Implements and evaluates the design, development and coordination of projects. Leads meetings and committees. 
  • Oversees and is familiar with curricula and training design especially NAMI Signature programs.  This will include insuring accurate and timely communication to NAMI and NAMI California.  
  • Oversees quality of NAMI San Diego department services in coordination with other departments. 
  • Assures appropriate, accurate and timely compliance by completing budgetary reports and billings, employee documentation and records, plus leads department strategic planning process as a part of the NAMI San Diego overall planning. 
  • Participates in the submission of funding applications. 
  • Participates in NAMI SD community relations efforts.  This can include working with the behavioral health sector, and other NAMI affiliates in San Diego and Imperial County. 
  • Participates as a member of the senior management team in the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and procedures to contribute to NAMI San Diego’s overall success. 
  • Attend required NAMI SD trainings. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Accountability: Reports to NAMI San Diego Chief Operating Officer. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 
  • Prolonged periods of standing and walking. 
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times. 

Minimum Requirements, including linguistic and cultural skills, education, experiences, licenses and certifications: 

  • Experience with mental illness for self or as a family member strongly preferred.  
  • A strong positive viewpoint towards mental health is essential. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field preferred (Social Work, Psychology, Community, Education, Advocacy / Community Development) or clearly demonstrated equivalent work experience in the field.   
  • 3-5 years of experience in a key leadership role, preferably in a non-profit setting. 
  • Experience as a teacher or trainer.  
  • Ability and willingness to mentor and motivate with strong leadership and training skills. Excellent personnel management skills required. 
  • Excellent planning, organizing, analyzing, problem solving, time management and project coordinating skills. 
  • Excellent budget management knowledge and experience. 
  • Monitoring details focus. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations plus the ability and desire to work as part of a team. 
  • Ability to keep confidential information confidential and be discrete.  
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.  Ability to present information to large groups and in the media. Attentive listener. 
  • Willingness to support NAMI San Diego’s Mission and Values. 
  • Ability to drive with valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to use of an automobile, as needed.  
  • Ability to present information to public groups. 
  • Ability to type using computer is essential with competency using Microsoft Office programs including Excel. 

COVID Protocols and Work Environment.  As an essential worker providing both telehealth and in-person services, successful candidate will follow CDC guidelines, state guidelines and local mandates for COVID 19 prevention.  COVID-19 Vaccination required for employment. Remote workforce may be explored upon hiring.  

Full time (40 hours/week) 

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@namisd.org