Director, Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Education

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience




425 W. 47th Street
New York
United States


Position:        Director, Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Education

Reports To:   President

Organization Background:

Serious mental illness affects over thirty million people in the United States each year. The stigma, rejection, and isolation that accompany these conditions prevent people from forming the relationships they need to grow socially and emotionally. Fountain House reduces the devastating social impact of mental illness. Every day hundreds of members choose to come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge friendships. Our innovative working community is both our method and our outcome. As partners, members and staff operate successful employment, education, wellness, and housing programs and perform all the functions that keep our community going, such as advocacy, communications, food preparation, and administrative support. Our activities and programs are designed to provide opportunities and, at the same time, produce the desire and confidence to pursue them. Working together, we create a culture that transforms lives. Members experience a reduced sense of isolation and increased fulfillment, purpose, and stability – vital steps toward mental health.

Fountain House provides professional development opportunities and promotes from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires personal growth and development.

Job Summary:

Fountain House seeks a talented, results-orientated entrepreneurial trainer/educator and relationship builder who will build on Fountain House’s history as the innovator of the clubhouse model and its training programs. Working closely with the President and senior management, the Director of the Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Education will play a critical role in advancing Fountain House’s essential mission by advancing its long standing clubhouse leadership development and educational programs. The new director must be strategic, visionary and possess an entrepreneurial way of thinking and who understands long-range planning and and is nimble and flexible in order to achieve Fountain House’s goals. The applicant must be especially skilled in the role of applying expert pedagogical practice and new educational technologies in the service of scaling a social innovation.

Fountain House is expanding The Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Education to provide inspiration and leadership at this moment when mental illness is at the forefront of a global health agenda. We welcome candidates who share our commitment and values and who are skilled and strategic educational leaders with the ability to build on Fountain House’s history and substantively advance and communicate our work as the innovator of the clubhouse model and training programs. This position represents an enormous opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader who can make a commitment to Fountain House to: pioneer an innovative path in global scaling of a social innovation that is based on practice; introduce within an academic setting a new field of professional practice, that of the Social Practitioner; and ultimately to improve the lives of a highly stigmatized and marginalized group of people living with serious mental illness throughout the world.

Fountain House has started developing an internet‑based Learning Exchange to transform the traditional classroom practice into a classroom without walls, and it looks to the new Director to effectively expand the reach and application of the Exchange through a global communication and educational network powered by CISCO video conferencing technologies. The Exchange, together with the curriculum frameworks produced at Fountain House, provides the groundwork for enabling clubhouses worldwide into joining with Fountain House in fostering the expansion of the model.

The Director will be an influential leader in the broader world of community mental health. S/he will have the capacity to communicate a coherent and compelling vision as well as the experience and aptitude for building teams and engaging with partners worldwide who share common values and goals across many sectors. The Director will advance Fountain House’s essential mission in collaboration with Clubhouse International and other mental health experts and organizations. The Director will be responsible for one of Fountain House’s core missions and will have an annual budget of $1 million and a staff of three. We seek an experienced trainer/educator with knowledge of mental illness, training/educational policies and practices, innovation, social change, social work and public health. We will explore these goals and topics through open dialogue with top candidates.

Job Functions:

·        Using an entrepreneurial approach, provide leadership in developing and implementing the Fountain House vision and strategic priority for broadening its worldwide presence and reachout to clubhouses and sponsors nationally and internationally in expanding the number and impact of clubhouses through leadership development and educational offerings.

·        Work closely with the President, senior management, staff, Board members, Fountain House members, and the Council overseeing the development and conduct of all colleague training at Fountain House and educational partnerships globally, including designing, updating and publishing curricula for all training activities as the intellectual property of Fountain House.

·        Setting priorities that address scaling a social innovation through education and integrating evaluation and research (metrics, reporting, and communications) into the leadership development and educational programs. Oversee the management of key systems and processes to ensure effectiveness across the Center’s programs.

·        Engage Fountain House members and staff in Center activities enabling those directly affected by the innovation, the members living with mental illness and their associated staff, to participate in the actual design and implementation of the development and scaling effort.

·        Manage the staff and budget of the Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Education consistent with Fountain House’s human resources and finance policies. Additionally, take responsibility through innovative programming for expanding the financial support of the Center for Leadership and Education in collaboration with the Director of External Affairs.

·        Represent Fountain House with Clubhouse International for leadership development and education programs. Help translate Fountain House’s mission into a compelling case for engagement. Publish articles and establish a voice on Fountain House’s website and social media.

·        Maintain regular, consistent and transparent progress reports.


·        Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.

·        Doctorate in Education, Social Work or Public Health is preferred.

·        Minimum of ten (10) years of adult professional training experience with five (5) years of management experience leading an education and training program at an organization of similar size and scope.

·        Bold visionary and strategic thinking with a keen appreciation of the strength of the work of Fountain House.

·        A track record of innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and creativity to envision the future with a demonstrated leadership and the administrative skills and experience in managing growth.

·        Knowledge of adult educational practice with experience in developing curricula, educational technologies, adult learning theory, ability to identify best training/educational practices and to adapt technology to promote their use. Exceptional communications skills, including clear and persuasive writing and public speaking and experience in working with traditional and digital media in building coalitions and influencing other thought leaders.

·        Demonstrated experience in developing innovative programs that attract private and public funding.


1.     Paid Time Off and Ten (10) Paid Holidays

2.     Paid Bereavement Leave

3.     Medical, dental and vision plans (contribution towards premium required)

4.     Life Insurance

5.     Voluntary Life Insurance

6.     Whole Life Insurance

7.     Short-Term Disability

8.     Long-Term Disability

9.     Supplemental Disability

10. Workers’ Compensation

11. Tuition Assistance

12. Retirement Plan

13. Tax Deferred Annuity

14. Flexible Spending Accounts

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Doctorate (PhD)

How To Apply

To apply for this position, you must view website at If interested, please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to the President via e-mail to NO PHONE CALLS. EEO