National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 07-May-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • Full Time

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Today, we are an alliance of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and a national office who work in communities across the United States to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI advocates for all who are affected by mental illness, both the individuals and the people in their lives. In particular, we work to address disparities and injustices and to promote dignity and inclusion for all people with mental illness and their families. In addition to being advocates, we educate, we listen, and we lead as evidenced by our public awareness campaigns, the range of numerous programs we provide, and our strong public policy.

We currently have an opening for a Senior Coordinator, Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy. The Senior Coordinator is responsible for providing support to NAMI's Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy (GRP&A) team, with a particular focus on supporting the team's work with NAMI State Organizations (NSOs) to advance NAMI's policy priorities across the country.

The Senior Coordinator works closely with colleagues to provide assistance and resources to NAMI State Organizations on policy- and advocacy-related requests, contribute to the development of advocacy materials and track state legislative priorities. The Senior Coordinator also assists the team in executing major initiatives and supports the team's meetings, web and research needs

This position is based in Arlington, VA (currently remote due to COVID).

Salary Range: $46k - $50k


  • Supports GRP&A team in advancing policy priorities by assisting in tasks that support the advocacy work of the NAMI alliance.
  • Works closely with the Field Advocacy team to support technical assistance requests on advocacy and public policy from NSO leaders.
  • Supports grassroots advocacy efforts by working in Quorum, an advocacy communications platform, which may include coordinating NSO activity on the platform and managing advocate data.
  • Contributes to team's state legislative tracking on key priority issues and assists in the creation of the annual state legislation report on trends in mental health policy.
  • Provides support for advocacy and policy initiatives, particularly major grant projects.
  • Reviews and updates web content on leading policy and advocacy issues and priorities.
  • Assists with proofing, formatting and adding graphics into written and visual presentations and reports.
  • Supports logistics for advocacy and policy-related meetings, events, webinars and advocate training programs.
  • Assists with ongoing communications and outreach to NAMI affiliates, state organizations and advocates.
  • Provides administrative support for GRP&A team members as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum 1-2 years' experience, preferably in government relations or related field
  • Research or legislative tracking experience preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a customer service orientation
  • Strong organizational skills and highly attentive to detail
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience with Zoom, Microsoft Teams or related software preferred
  • Ability to work with website content management systems and learn new software programs and technology readily
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and across teams
  • Confident in responding to multiple demands in a fast paced, team environment
  • Self-motivated, self-managing and self-confident
  • Skilled in developing graphically attractive documents and presentations
  • Interested in mental health policy and advocacy
  • Must pass background check

NAMI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. NAMI prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, genetic information or any other legally protected group status. We also provide reasonable accommodation for candidates with disability.

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