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Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association :

PMHCA is looking for an energetic individual with lived experience to be our new PMHCA Program Director. This is NOT an entry-level job! We are looking for someone who is familiar with CSP principles and application, understands funding streams in the state, has experience writing and executing grant-funded projects, has experience in public speaking, meeting facilitation, conducting trainings, and has an understanding of data and data collection methods.

This position does require office hours in Harrisburg; however, a hybrid work model will be considered.

Benefits include a generous leave package, life insurance, and dental insurance. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

This position will be an integral part of PMHCA’s management team and will have a number of tasks and responsibilities that will keep the successful applicant hopping – from drop-in groups to community town hall meetings to developing funding streams and fundraising projects. There will NOT be a dull moment!

The official job description follows. Please send your recent resume and a cover letter outlining the attributes that make you the perfect candidate to

Job Summary:

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer’s Association (PMHCA)Program Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of PMHCA’s vision and values with the goal of representing the voices and needs of those with lived experience in the mental health system through education, advocacy, and leadership development. The Program Director will coordinate and implement an ongoing relationship between PMHCA and everything CSP in the state. The Program Director will work with CSP and all programs within PMHCA to provide technical assistance in order to assist those with lived experience to develop leadership skills, create advocacy investment, capability, and overall involvement. This position will plan, develop, and conduct various trainings and educational programs for the fulfillment of grant project requirements as well as to gain financial independence for the organization. This position will be considered part of the Management Team and will report directly to the Executive Director




• Familiarity with the behavioral health system (MH, DD, SUD, etc.) is required.

• Bachelor’s degree in social services or similar field OR one year experience that meets the required skills and knowledge outlined below OR a combination of relevant education and experience is required.

• Certified Peer Specialist certification in good standing is desirable.

• Knowledge of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), peer to peer, advocacy and leadership is essential.

• Personal lived experience in mental health recovery and the ability to share stories effectively is required.

• Strong leadership, writing, speaking, editing, communication, organization, and research skills is essential.

• Work assignments will be project-based focusing on: meaningful engagement, leadership, social marketing, policy development, funding, structure, and capacity building.

• Facilitation skills for group discussions, meeting management, and conducting trainings is essential.

• Grant writing, implementation, and reporting knowledge and experience is strongly preferred.

• Knowledge and understanding of non-profit organizations and budget processes is critical.

• Familiarity with technology, social media, web design and implementation, marketing, and advertising is strongly preferred



Duties and Responsibilities:

• Assure the PMHCA programs, services, and activities are mission-driven and meet the expressed needs of those with lived experience residing in Pennsylvania.

• Provide direct supervision to all PMHCA employees and shared employees.

• Work closely with the Executive Director in developing additional program funds, grant management, and fund-raising opportunities.

• Work closely with the Executive Director in interactions with the agency Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

• Identify peer leaders across the state and create a forum for communication including but not limited to podcasts, virtual and in-person meetings and supports, conferences, and retreats.

• Encourage and assist the development of new CSPs across the state. Provide technical assistance and guidance to existing CSPs – both regional and local - as needed and requested. • Engage in formal and informal speaking opportunities across the state. 

• Work with other peer leaders and advocates to represent the peer voice in Pennsylvania by engaging with committees, meetings, task forces, conferences, and presentations including community, county, and state events.

• Represent the organization on all levels by building positive relationships with external entities. • Develop and implement outreach strategies to successfully engage peers with lived experience who are not traditionally involved in the behavioral health system. 

• Develop and present training programs that will assure that all stakeholders in the behavioral health system work together more effectively.

• Maintain and expand programs and technical assistance assuring continuous quality improvement and community outreach as well as evaluate program activities to ensure compliance with contracts and funders.

• Other duties as assigned as the job responsibilities are reviewed and modified