Executive Director Job Description

Mental Health America of Texas (MHAT) is a statewide nonprofit organization that has worked for more than 80 years to transform the systems that promote mental health, prevent mental disorders and substance abuse, and achieve recovery from mental illness and addictions through advocacy and education leadership.

Position Overview

The Executive Director plans and executes all aspects of the agency’s programs, and is responsible for the overall effectiveness of the organization. The Executive Director maximizes all external relationships with government, mental health organizations, professional groups and the community-at-large, and serves as the visible spokesperson for the agency. The Executive Director‘s activities should reflect the agency’s stated purpose and strategic direction, be executed in a manner that reflects stewardship of the agency’s resources, and achieve performance goals working in partnership with the agency’s Board of Directors. The Executive Director position is a regular full-time position under the direction of the Board and reports to the Board Chair.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Direction

  • Develops and implements a multi-year Strategic Plan and an annual Operations Plan in partnership with the Board of Directors that addresses (at minimum) budget, staffing, fundraising/development and advocacy objectives and partnerships.
  • Establishes performance goals based on the Operational Plan and tracks/reports progress against goals.
  • Provides guidance to the Board of Directors to help them fulfill their responsibilities as Board members in formulating policy, financial oversight, fundraising, and assessing the performance of the agency.
  • Executes the directives of the Board of Directors including staffing board meetings; distributing agendas, meeting minutes, financials and other documents prior to meetings. Provides updates on the agency’s performance and any key issues to the Board and provides staff support to board committees.
  • Manages productive relationships with MHA National and other MHA affiliates in Texas, as well as with other organizations and community partners.

Financial Oversight

  • Prepares agency budgets that encompass planned revenues and expenditures; approves agency expenditures; reviews and signs all contracts; and manages the resources of the agency and is held accountable for the control of these resources.
  • Prepares reports on the state of the agency’s finances including annual agency budget in collaboration with the Board Treasurer and key staff. Supervises the preparation of monthly financial statements; ensures that the required financial reporting to granting agencies is provided and oversees preparation of annual audit by the agency’s auditor.

Fundraising and Public Relations

  • Assures successful fundraising and development activities of the organization.
  • Works with the agency staff to identify and cultivate philanthropic, corporate and individual donors; and oversees all fundraising events.
  • Reviews and approves potential grant applications to ensure they reflect the agency’s priorities.
  • Approves all agency publications and public statements, and ensures that there is on-going communication with key agency stakeholders.
  • Acts as agency spokesperson to media on policy and mental health information.

Staff Supervision and Development

  • Provides leadership, direction and mentoring for agency staff members.
  • Determines appropriate staffing levels and recruits and trains high performing staff members.
  • Encourages, monitors and evaluates staff job performance. Sets yearly performance goals, provides on-going feedback, evaluates job performance and provides a yearly, face to face performance evaluation to direct reports.
  • Provides appropriate staff development and training opportunities to staff to ensure a high level of technical skills and knowledge of mental health issues.

Policy Leadership

  • Assists the Board of Directors in developing and implementing public policy programs and initiatives; providing analysis of legislation and recommending policy positions to the Board of Directors; prepares testimony, positions and legislative alerts, as necessary, in collaboration with key staff and serves as the agency’s spokesperson in advocacy efforts.
  • Maintains personal contact with MHA affiliates, the Legislature and government officials as necessary to advance agency positions; and supervises the agency’s advocacy efforts.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

  • Seven plus years of experience in progressively more responsible leadership roles in nonprofit or mission-driven organizations or other relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing sustainable development initiatives at the corporate, business and individual levels. Deep knowledge of grant application process and factors of success and a solid understanding and application of best practices in fundraising and development.
  • Broad-based functional experience including marketing, communications and financial management.
  • Understanding of mental health landscape, issues and centers of influence preferred but not required.
  • Proven leadership capability in rallying an organization – staff, Board, volunteers and key stakeholders to achieve significant results.
  • Track record of building and leading high-performing teams: includes hiring, developing and, when necessary, transitioning talent.

Other Personal Characteristics

  • Results-driven leader who inspires confidence internally and externally, who knows how to lead, empower others and nurture talent.
  • A “bridge builder” skilled at building consensus and achieving buy-in across constituents.
  • Strong executive presence and an articulate communicator who can deliver messages with confidence and authority.
  • Exhibits self-awareness and resilience, with a tireless work ethic.
  • A patient but persistent change agent. Comfortable offering new points of view and challenging others to think differently.
  • Flexible and adaptable; able to juggle multiple projects and priorities based on the needs of the organization; can quickly adjust key priorities in response to changing dynamics.
  • Values-driven leader with high level of ethics and uncontested integrity.
  • Possesses a passion and commitment to make a difference in a nonprofit setting and to MHAT’s mission.

Position has a competitive compensation and benefits package.

To apply please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the MHAT Executive Director Search Committee at careers@mhatexas.org.

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