Job Title: Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow

Employer’s Name: NAMI Texas 

Location of the position: Austin, TX

Full time, part time, permanent, short-term, contracted position: Full-time two year fellowship from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022

Brief (1-2 sentence) organization description: The purpose of NAMI Texas is to help improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. NAMI Texas offers a variety of education and support programs addressing the mental health needs of Texans and designed for individuals living with mental illness, family members, friends, professionals, other stakeholders and the community at large.

General instructions to apply: To apply, please send cover letter, resumé, and, two

references to executive.director@namitexas.org by close-of-business June 18, 2020.

Job role and purpose: The Peer Policy Fellow will coordinate mental health policy projects in partnership with NAMI Texas staff and volunteers. The policy projects are designed to improve the quality of life of Texans with mental health conditions and their families. Under the direction and mentorship of NAMI Texas’ Executive Director, the Fellow will engage in a variety of professional developmental activities, acquire a sound knowledge of public policy. The individual will have significant professional responsibilities and will contribute meaningfully to our mission, while developing the skills and experience needed to work effectively at the state and community levels. The individual must have lived mental health experience and be willing to leverage that experience to inform policy-making.

Essential functions include:

-Actively participate in professional development opportunities, including external trainings and the Hogg Foundation’s Mental Health Policy Academy.

-Assist in planning and implementing the NAMI Texas’ policy projects.

-Participate in, organize, and lead policy meetings.

-Research policy issues and draft written products, potentially including reports, testimonies, analyses, and issue briefs.

-Track and analyze mental health-related legislation.

-Participate as a team member and staff support of the NAMI Texas Public Policy Committee. 

-Engage NAMI Texas grassroots membership (individuals with lived experience, and family members) to participate in mental health advocacy.

-Use your lived experience to inform policy-making.

Required qualifications:

Have a mental health condition and be willing to use lived mental health experience to inform policymaking.

Must be a certified peer specialist or substance recovery coach with two years of recent work experience (either paid employment or volunteer work) OR willing to complete certification within the Fellowship period. Recent college graduates (within the past 18 months) may substitute education for work experience.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal, time management, problem solving, and organizational skills.

Strong research skills.

Ability to collaborate with others in a team situation.

Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred qualifications:

To whom the position reports (supervisor): Greg Hansch, Executive Director

Salary and benefits info:

$45,000 annual salary ($3,750 monthly)

NAMI Texas pays for 50% of health benefits, with a likely stipend to help cover part of the remaining cost.

Workplace benefits:

1. Offices located at the historic Austin State Hospital grounds in central Austin. Work-from-home likely to extend throughout COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Flexible work environment and schedule

3. Collaborative and positive team environment

4. Paid time off

5. Mileage and parking reimbursement

Deadline for application: June 18, 2020