Executive Director

Published 19 days ago


8393 Capwell Drive, Suite 240, Oakland, CA 94621; Telephone: (510) 832-7337; Fax: (510) 452-1645

Job Announcement – Executive Director

Employment Status/Salary : (3 months, probationary period to start);
Full-time, Exempt
Annual Salary Range : $95,000 - $115,000

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 with the goal of

eliminating mental health stigma and discrimination. We envision a world where people can

freely choose among many mental health options that address the whole person’s needs. We

see a future where people with mental health experiences are valued for their essential

contributions to society.


 Ideal candidates will model a wellness-based approach to work/life balance for the

organization. A successful applicant will have worked at an executive level and possess the

skills to effectively operate a thriving small organization while also holding a vision for

growth. This person loves working with people within a collaborative team setting,

possesses a clear track record of success in reporting to and partnering with the Board of

Directors, fundraising, as well as resource and staff development.


 The Executive Director, working closely with the board, staff, and mental health consumer

community, will move PEERS forward to develop and implement internal and external goals

that reflect the organization’s mission, vision, and business plan. The Executive Director

provides leadership for strategy, organizational development, program and campaign

implementation, financial oversight, and fundraising. The Executive Director ensures fiscal

accountability and sustainability manage, inspires, and empowers a strong team, develops

and implements appropriate organizational policies and procedures, ensures operational

support for programs and services, and represents PEERS in the mental health community,

before public agencies, legislative bodies, and the community at large.

Fiscal Management, Fundraising, and Marketing
  • Works with the Financial Director, Board Treasurer, and PEERS Board on financial activities and makes decisions based on plans and policies.
  • Present annual budget and monthly financial reports to the Board of Directors.
  • Assure PEERS compliance accountability to Board, funders, and regulatory bodies.
  • Develop and sustain a diverse funding base. Emphasis will maintain county contracts, strengthen corporate and foundation giving, grow the membership base, and develop an individual donor base.
  • Raise the organization’s visibility by developing and implementing a sustainable marketing campaign geared to its various constituencies and the public.
  • Oversee educational and outreach initiatives within the mental health consumer community, the general public, and those setting mental health policy.
Human Resources and Chief of Staff Management
  • Supervise Human Resources Manager who recruits, onboards, offboards, and facilitates training for an inspired and empowered team.
  • Prepare for the anticipated growth of the organization.
  • Develop and implement appropriate human resource policies and procedures with the Human Resources Manager.
  • Direct an appropriate organizational infrastructure and ensure that the program objectives are supported internally.
  • Support inclusive strategic and annual planning processes.
  • Supervise Chief of Staff who, together with the PEERS Board, ensures management and leadership of PEERS in a manner consistent with Alameda County and public benefit organization standards and practices.
Public Policy
  • Represent PEERS at all appropriate public functions.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with key individuals in both the public and private sectors such as local Board of Supervisors, state legislators, and congressional offices.
  • Collaborate with and establish strong relationships with the community (consumers, family members, mental health providers, and community at large).
  • Ensure the representation of mental health consumers’ concerns to county, state, and federal policymakers, task forces, advisory committees, and funding bodies.
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in culturally sensitive, recovery-based mental health services and best practices approaches for reducing stigma and discrimination.
Board Development
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to recruit, train, and maintain a strong, balanced Board of Directors.
  • Promote Board of Directors' engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, and overall organizational wellness.
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison to the Board of Directors.


Minimum of 5 years in a senior management position with proven leadership skills and supervisory experience.

Bachelor’s degree required, and an advanced professional degree preferred.

Success at fund development, including foundation and corporate grants, and individual donors.

Experience with nonprofits, workplace wellness, and facilitation of positive workplace culture.

Experience managing a complex budget with multiple funding streams.

Ability to use discretion and keep highly sensitive information confidential.

Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills.

Advanced computer literacy, including in all Google Suite and Microsoft Office suite programs (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.)


 Currently, PEERS is operating remotely under Alameda County’s COVID-19 guidelines. Under Alameda County Behavioral Health’s guidance, we plan to begin transitioning back to office-based work later in 2021.

  1. The Executive Director will work approximately 60% remote and 40% in the office to attend to financial and operational responsibilities.
  2. Program headquarters is a standard office setting on the second floor of a multi-story building, requiring an elevator for access.

An environment with diverse populations internally and externally, with community members routinely in the PEERS’ office for workshops or training.

An innovative organization founded and staffed with people that have lived experience with mental health challenges and strong ties to the community.

Business operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, with some weekends and evenings.

  • When office-based work and in-person interaction resumes, some travel (<10%) out of the area will be required to represent PEERS at events and cultivate partnerships with other community-based organizations.

 Please complete ALL application steps to be considered for this position, including the

supplemental questionnaire below. Applications are due by the close of business on Monday,

May 7th, 2021.

1. Submit a resume, cover letter, and supplemental questionnaire by email to Kivi Neimi at hr @ peersnet . org OR apply via the idealist portal. Please include Executive Director as the subject line in the email.

2. Supplemental questionnaire:

  1. Please describe how you connect with PEERS’ mission and values?
  2. What interests you about working at/with PEERS’?
  3. What skills do you possess that would allow you to flourish in a peer-run mental health organization?
  4. Briefly describe your experience leading an organization.
  5. Please describe your managerial style.

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.


8393 Capwell Drive, Suite 240, Oakland, CA 94621; Telephone: (510) 832-7337; Fax: (510) 452-1645

Job Announcement – Executive Director

Employment Status/Salary : (3 months, probationary period to start);
Full-time, Exempt…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 7, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


$95,000 - $115,000Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision, 401K, PTO, Vacation time.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Oakland, CA
Associated Location
Oakland, CA, USA

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