Executive Director

333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 250, Oakland CA 94621
80,000 - 90,000
Dec 14, 2016
Jan 13, 2017
Position Type
Full Time


PEERS, 333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 250, Oakland, CA 94621

http://www.peersnet.org; Telephone: (510) 832-7337; Fax: (510) 452-1645


Job Announcement – Executive Director


PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. Our mission is to promote innovative peer-based wellness strategies. We create culturally-rich, community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences and eliminate stigma and discrimination.



We envision a world where people can freely choose among many mental health options that address the needs of the whole person. We see a future where people with mental health experiences are valued for their essential contributions to society.


The ideal person for this job has a passion for eliminating stigma and discrimination towards people who have mental health experiences, diagnoses, and/or challenges. This individual will have worked at an executive level and understands the nuances necessary to effectively operate a thriving small organization with approximately 18 staff and contractors while also holding a vision for growth. This person should love working with people and within a team setting.  This person should also have successful experience in fundraising and resource development, as well as board and staff development.



The Executive Director is responsible for the professional leadership and management of PEERS. The Executive Director, working closely with the board, staff, volunteers, and mental health community, will move PEERS forward in the development and implementation of internal and external goals that reflect the organization’s mission, vision, and business plan. The Executive Director provides overall leadership for strategy, organizational development, program and campaign implementation, financial oversight, and fundraising. The Executive Director ensures fiscal accountability and sustainability; recruits, manages, inspires, and empowers a strong staff team; develops and implements appropriate human resources policies and procedures; ensures operations support for programs and services; and represents PEERS in the mental health community, before public agencies and legislative bodies, and the community at large.





  • Experience as a mental health consumer and/or family member is at the core of our mission and vision. We are seeking someone who understands that we are a peer-run and operated organization that honors lived experience as an expertise in the field of mental health.
  • Commitment to PEERS’ mission and vision.
  • At least five (5) years experiences as a successful executive leader in the non-profit, public, and/or philanthropic sector.
  • Experience with fund development, budgeting, fiscal accountability, and business management.
  • Experience in developing strong relationships with foundation, corporate, and government funders as well as success in cultivating individual donors.
  • Experience in working with and developing an effective board of directors.
  • Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, encourage teamwork and collaboration, and to inspire and motivate staff and other stakeholders.
  • Proven success in holding a creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic approach to program development, management, and evaluation.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and conflict management skills.
  • Exceptional public speaking, presenting, and group facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse teams and populations.
  • Advocacy experience in legislative and other policymaking arenas.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, and manage tight deadlines and expectations.
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality and discretion.
  • Computer literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Certified as an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator or willingness to be certified desired.
  • Training in crisis intervention highly desired, including eCPR certification.






  • Program headquarters is a standard office setting on the second floor of a multi-story building, requiring use of an elevator for access.
  • Environment with diverse populations internally and externally, with community members routinely coming in for workshops or trainings.
  • Innovative organization founded and run by people with lived-experience with mental health, wellness and struggles, and special messages, with strong ties to the community.
  • Periodic lifting up to 15 pounds is required.
  • Business operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, with some weekends and evenings.


Application Instructions:

For interview consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter, including your responses to the questions below. You may e-mail your application to the Hiring Committee at HR2@peersnet.org; or mail it to PEERS at 333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 250, Oakland, CA 94621. Attn: Hiring Committee.

Please include responses to the following questions in your cover letter:

  1. How will your specific skill set, talents, and/or experiences contribute to the successful operation of PEERS, a peer-run mental health organization?
  2. Do you have particular strengths in planning fundraising campaigns, developing relationships with funders and other provider agencies in the sector in which you have been working, staff development, communications, and/or directing organizational strategy? Please provide examples. 

This position will remain open until January 13, 2017, with interviews beginning on a rolling basis as applicants respond. Salary is between $80,000 – 90,000, depending on experience and overall skill set. Please do not hesitate to inquire further about salary within the interview process. We offer full medical benefits to employees, 401k after one year, and generous sick/vacation paid time off.

PEERS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving underrepresented communities, and we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. People of color, women, transgender people, LGBQI people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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