The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, affiliate chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Scope of Role
The Community Organizer is a part-time contract position (10 hours/week) reporting to the Advocacy Vice President.
DBSA is committed to a world that incorporates a balanced, person-centered, wellness-oriented approach for individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead. We are looking for candidates who believe in developing advocates to lead in all aspects of leadership development to achieve this vision through empowerment, support and education. Organizer is responsible for building leadership among the DBSA community around advocacy initiatives. This includes community outreach and education on public and private policy that affects access to care for people living with mood disorders. The organizer engages advocates and identifies and develop leaders through a variety of programs, including providing educational workshops to the larger community. Organizers will be expected to build organizations and committees of advocates that can empower communities to embrace positive attitudes about mental health. The organizer will help organize, train, and mobilize supporters throughout the state. Candidates should be willing to travel, and ideally currently live in the region where the positions are available.
Organizer performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall program or a specific campaign. Examples of these duties and responsibilities are listed below:
Recruit, train, and manage advocates into self-sustaining grassroots teams
Build a network of supporters and advocates in the local community
Develop members to ensure they have the chance to grow, learn and lead
Mobilize advocates and coordinate meetings, actions and other activities
Train leaders on executing DBSA programs in their community
Effectively communicate the DBSA mission
Take a lead role in building a strong mental health advocacy community
Develop relationships with allied organizations or community partners
Organize events such as mental health education workshops in the community
Track and report metrics
Desired Qualities and Qualifications:
Knowledge of mental health policy issues at a state level
Participation and interaction with mental health leaders in the community
Ability to think strategically, take initiative and be creative in engaging advocates in campaigns and provide the support needed to be successful
Ability to lead, motivate and inspire advocates to develop into mental health leaders in their community
Proven record of using community organizing in non-profit, or other relevant settings
Ability to be personable and to connect with people in groups and in one on one settings
Willingness to travel
Excellent written and verbal communication
Meticulous organization skills
A strong passion for promoting positive mental health
This will be part-time 10 hour/week contract position, based locally
Candidate must own an automobile and have insurance
Approved travel and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursable
Position is based locally and reports to Advocacy Vice President at the national headquarters in Chicago
Approved travel and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursable.
DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.