Executive Director

San Francisco, California
Up to $69,000 plus benefits such as employer paid health premium, 35 hour workweek
Feb 15, 2019
Mar 17, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Some college
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel
Experience Level






This is a unique position that supports the advocacy activities of the Mental Health Board and the SF Mental Health Education Fund, Inc. This is a unique position that supports the activities of the Mental Health Board and the SF Mental Health Education Fund. It does not independently advocate, initiate or direct the activities of these entities.


San Francisco’s Mental Health Board/San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds, Inc. is seeking a dynamic, committed leader with strong organizational skills for the position of Executive Director of the San Francisco Mental Health Board (MHB) and the San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds, Inc. (SFMHEF.)


Since 1973, the San Francisco Mental Health Board (MHB) has been advising the County Board of Supervisors, Health Commission, and Behavioral Health Department on local mental health issues, gaps in services, and best practices. The 17-member board is representative of the diverse voices of consumers, family members, health care professionals and other stakeholders. It is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the community’s mental health and substance use disorder needs, services, facilities and special challenges.

The MHB has been a leader in advocating for:

  • more peer (client) vocational training and job opportunities
  • increased supportive housing
  • street outreach
  • community support and services for older adults and transition age youth
  • police crisis intervention training
  • adequate, accessible, and relevant mental health and substance use services for all in need.

San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that provides support for the operations of the Mental Health Board. It also serves as fiscal administrator for the training funds for Behavioral Health Services, and contracts with the Department of Public Health to staff and operate the MHB.


  • Support the MHB in carrying out its mandated function to advise the local Behavioral Health Department and Board of Supervisors on improving mental health and substance use disorder services.
  • Organize and staff monthly Board and committee meetings.
  • Facilitate board members engagement with the Behavioral Health Department, Health Commission, Board of Supervisors and other governmental and community agencies
  • Arrange program reviews and site visits of mental health and substance use disorder programs for board members
  • Provide research, background material and best practices models to assist the board in advocating for policy development and program improvements
  • Keep the Board informed of key issues, trends and best practices
  • Assist the Board in strategizing, prioritizing, and evaluating projects
  • Field calls and provide information and support to board and community members navigating the system of care
  • Connect and engage with civic leaders and activists, community programs and organizations and cultivate opportunities for MHB members to network with these programs
  • Ensure that SFMHEF fulfills its legal and fiduciary obligations as the non-profit fiscal agent for the MHB and the fiscal intermediary for the Department of Public Health Training Funds assigned to the SFMHEF contract
  • Manage the SFMHEF contract with the City and County of San Francisco
  • Supervise one staff member and occasional volunteers
  • Manage Projects and other duties as required


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent experience in a non-profit or government setting.
  • Experience and skill working with people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Self-motivated, articulate, politically savvy individual who maintains a high level of accountability and integrity, with an interest in social justice and equity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including consumers, constituents, community advocates. city staff, and the Board of Supervisors.
  • Supervisory experience working with both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Knowledge and sensitivity about substance use and mental health issues
  • Ability to organize events and trainings
  • Budgeting and fiscal analysis skills
  • Skilled using PC’s, Microsoft Suite, and QuickBooks


  • 35-hour work week which includes one hour paid lunch
  • Day/evening work hours
  • Salary range, based on experience, $63,000 to $69,000 a year.
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Benefits
  • Desirable location near Civic Center and public transportation

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