Mental Health America (MHA) is looking for a Program and Policy Analyst for its office in Alexandria, VA. We are considering a broad range of candidates for this position. MHA believes we must address mental illness before Stage 4. We promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and recovery as a goal.
Please submit a resume, a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in mental health (why do you want to work at MHA?) AND your experience that directly relates to the skill set required by the job as outlined below, as well as two work samples (e.g. description of statistical analysis completed, infographic created).
Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.
Perform necessary research and statistical analysis, e.g. national survey data, MHA’s screening data, google analytics, literature reviews, environmental scans, and policy analysis
Manage MHA Screening database – which includes cleaning and analyzing large data files (over 2 million responses)
Support the MHA Policy and Programs team in synthesizing research on mental health science and policy
Support general development and implementation of MHA programs
Support written analyses and public education materials including social media and online materials
Provide technical assistance to MHA staff, affiliates, and stakeholders on MHA programs and policy initiatives
Please send cover letter/letter of interest and resume as well as two writing samples relevant to job description via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “Program and Policy Analyst” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls please. EOE.
Desired Skill Set
Demonstrated passion about mental health issues
Knowledge of or work with Mental Health America or one of MHA's Affiliates
A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in a substantive area related to national health or human service practice and/or policy
Strong familiarity with statistics and statistical tools (SPSS and Excel)
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Familiarity with creative tools (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, or Publisher)
Knowledge of website management
Practical experience developing and implementing advocacy and public education campaigns, including analyzing policies and creative writing
Awareness of major mental health and addiction public policy concerns and trends regarding health reform and evidence-based health care
Computer experience and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups and individuals
Some travel required—mostly local, but occasionally overnight (less than 10%)
We are Kentucky’s chapter of Mental Health America, formerly the National Mental Health Association, whose work is symbolized by the Mental Health Bell. During the early days of mental health treatment, asylums often restrained individuals with mental illnesses by iron chains and shackles around their ankles and wrists. With better understanding and treatment, this cruel practice eventually stoppe...d. In the early 1950s, the National Mental Health Association issued a call to asylums across the country for their discarded chains and shackles. On April 13, 1953, the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore melted down these inhumane bindings and recast them into a sign of hope.
Now the symbol of Mental Health America, the 300-pound bell serves as a powerful reminder that the invisible chains of misunderstanding and discrimination continue to bind individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Today, the bell rings out hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental illnesses.
Mental Health America of Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Mental Health Association, was founded in 1951 to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses, and improve the care and treatment of persons with a mental illness. Its founding members and early supporters included Dr. Spafford Ackerly, Dr. William Keller, Barry Bingham, Sr., Dr. Arthur Kasey, Dr. Frank Gaines, Dr. Harold McPheeters, and Cornelia Serpell. The association was instrumental in the creation of Kentucky’s community mental health services system and laws preserving the rights of people involuntarily hospitalized for a mental illness.