Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $72,000
Maximum: $78,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



802 Northwest 70th Street
United States


At NAMI Seattle, our vision is a world where all those impacted by mental health conditions know they are not alone, and are empowered to live their most fulfilling life. We are the local Seattle affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, working to meet unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.

NAMI Seattle is seeking a collaborative, strategic, and passionate Executive Director to serve as a visionary and partner to the Board of Directors and our staff. We are experiencing an exciting time of growth, and in 2019 will work on creating and executing our next strategic plan. Our current organizational priorities are deepening relationships, and putting quality first. The ideal candidate for Executive Director at NAMI Seattle should embrace and embody NAMI Seattle’s organizational values of kindness, community, empowerment, and integrity, and our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that how we achieve our mission is just as important as the mission itself.

This is a full time, exempt, salary position, including paid sick and vacation, 12 paid holidays, health benefits including vision and dental, and a modest budget for professional development each year.

You are a great candidate for this position if…

  • You are passionate about the ways mental health intersects with other lived experiences and identities, and you bring an anti-bias and anti-oppression lens to the work that you do.
  • You are energized by NAMI Seattle’s mission and have a personal connection to it in some way.
  • You are comfortable navigating the opportunities and challenges of leading a small, growing organization.
  • You are skilled at managing employees and volunteers of a variety of skill and experience levels, and know how to support people impacted by mental health conditions in a professional setting.
  • You are adept at building relationships with volunteers, staff, donors, and community members, and understand that these relationships are a critical ingredient for our success.
  • You are able to find fun and humor in your daily work, and enjoy leading an organization that cares personally about the people within it.

Key Responsibilities:

People Management: Staff and Board of Directors

  • Supervise three direct reports (Program Manager, Development Manager, Administrative & Communications Associate).
  • Manage the Employee Handbook and internal policies that support staff retention and development.
  • Work closely with our Board of Directors, including the Executive, Board Development, Policy, and Finance Committees.

Strategy and Communications

  • Collaboratively create the next Strategic Plan, with metrics and benchmarks for success.
  • Direct and contribute to the implementation of the overall communications strategy.

Development & Fundraising

  • Fine-tune and execute the development plan to ensure financial resources for NAMI Seattle’s mission.
  • Continue to grow a culture of philanthropy across all levels of the organization.
  • Build/maintain relationships with donors and foundations.
  • Engage board members in donor stewardship and other relationship-centered fundraising strategies.
  • Continuously improve the philanthropy infrastructure, including technology, staff training, and organizational coordination.

Finances & Operations

  • Work with off-site financial and accounting services to complete the regular financial operations of the organization.
  • Develop the annual budget in partnership with the Finance Committee and senior staff.
  • Oversee facilities management.


  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising 2-5 direct reports.
  • Demonstrated success in a wide variety of fundraising activities (individual donors, special events, grant writing, corporate partnerships)
  • Demonstrated relationship-building skills: the ability to actively listen and to interact warmly with people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Experience with organizational finances: creating budgets, reading financial statements, and ability to interpret financial information to make informed decisions and recommendations.
  • Regular use of a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and insurance.
  • Available for consistent evening commitments (approximately 3-4 times per month) and occasional weekend commitments (approximately 4-6 times per year).
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English.
  • Computer proficiency, especially with Microsoft Office.
  • Available for our 40th anniversary gala on New Year’s Eve, 12.31.18

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency or proficiency in a non-English language.
  • Skill in nonprofit messaging and communications in a conversational tone.
  • Previous experience in the mental health sector, personally and/or professionally.
  • A bachelor's degree or higher in a related field.

NAMI Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a team that represents at all levels the community we serve. People of color, LGBTQ & gender nonconforming people, veterans, and people living with disabilities, particularly people directly impacted by a mental health condition, are strongly encouraged to apply.


What makes us special: We are the only organization working to fill gaps in our mental health system through support, education, referral, and outreach - and everything we do is FREE for the people who need it. As our Executive Director, you will play a key role in making NAMI programs and services available to every person impacted by mental health conditions, by growing our presence, capacity, and continually improving relationships and infrastructure that allow us to serve people with the highest quality. Our team members build a stigma-free safe-haven that doesn't exist anywhere else.

Why you want to work here: As a team member at NAMI Seattle, you have the opportunity to do work on a wide variety of important issues in mental health, shape our organizational culture and policies, and make a difference every day. We are a small but mighty team that works together and appreciates one another. We intentionally build a culture that fosters personal and professional growth, and allows everyone to bring their whole selves to work.


  • 12 paid holidays
  • Paid sick and vacation
  • Health benefits, 70% paid by the organization, including vision and dental
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Awesome coworkers!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter to execsearch@namiseattle.org, Attn: Executive Search Committee. Tell us about why NAMI’s mission matters to you. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is November 4th by midnight. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

What to expect: Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their materials.

Candidates moving forward in the interview process will be contacted by email regarding a phone screening, followed by in person interviews in early to mid November.

Candidates moving on to the final round of interviews will be asked to complete a prepared assignment in advance of the final interview. We expect final interviews will take place between November 15 and December 7.

Ideally, our new Executive Director will start between December 18th, 2018 and no later than January 3, 2019. Candidates must be able to attend our 40th anniversary gala on 12/31/2018. This position will remain open until filled.