National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 18-May-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Task Force, Cross-Culture
  • 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 Task Force Director, Cross-Culture. The Task Force Director, Cross-Culture, is responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and leading all aspects of assigned cross-functional projects focused on achieving NAMI's primary strategic goals (Get Help Early, Best Care Possible, and Diversion from the Justice System) through issue-specific engagement, coordination, and partnership within the organization's core advocacy programs.

Location: Arlington, VA or remote (Currently remote due to COVID)


The Task Force Director is responsible for:

  • Fostering productive cross-functional partnership during all phases of assigned task force projects to meet mutually beneficial objectives
  • Addressing the coordination, management, and logistical matters of all project activities
  • Coordinating cross-functional efforts and purposefully developing targeted, concrete, definable goals with key leaders, including other Task Force Leaders or designees
  • Providing briefings and ensuring that all personnel involved are kept informed of updates and status changes during the life of assigned projects
  • Providing regular situation reports to the CSOO, the designated Board sponsor, and committees when directed
  • Ensuring the completion of all required after-action evaluations for projects and maintenance of records, including personnel, resources, and budgets
  • Ensuring project data collection, outcome measures, and impact assessments are regularly planned, conducted, monitored, and utilized to inform changes to products and service delivery
  • Supervising, coaching, evaluating, and maximizing the potential of assigned Task Force staff
  • Performing additional tasks and duties as assigned

The Task Force Director shall:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the strategic plan and articulate its component parts within the context of all strategic priorities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NAMI's organizational structure, external environment, partnerships and federal advocacy network
  • Demonstrate the ability to make sound SWOT-informed tactical adjustments while reinforcing strategic intent
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of all assigned personnel, including job descriptions, performance evaluation measures, performance incentives, HR policies, and leadership self awareness
  • Demonstrate data fluency and orientation with a focus on achieving data-informed collective impact


  • Bachelor's degree in related field required; advanced degree and/or project management certifications preferred
  • 8-10 years' experience working in assigned issue area (cross-culture) preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with the Asian American community/associations preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and across functions/departments to plan and implement programs and initiatives
  • Ability to respond to and prioritize competing demands
  • Experience in forging collaborative and effective relationships with diverse groups
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to challenges, using problem-solving and fact-finding skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to research and analyze issue-specific data, historical records, and publicly available information
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and meet tight deadlines
  • Fluency in Mandarin highly preferred
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • 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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