The Director of the Mental Health and Wellness Initiative for the National Benevolent Association is primarily responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote an integrated vision of holistic wellness across all NBA programs. This work will enhance and strengthen the programs and capacity of the organization and its partners related to mental health and wellness policies, processes, and practice. The Director also works with other staff as they design, implement and evaluate programs with specific attention given to aspects of mental health and wellness. The Director provides leadership in developing a clear strategic vision for this ongoing program area in line with NBA’s mission, vision, and values. The Director is adept in building collaborative partnerships, has a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and effectively works with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
The Mental Health and Wellness Initiative (MHWI) is a unique and strategic focus area with the leadership and organizational development work of NBA, as well as intersects with goals and programmatic initiatives of the NBA Community Engagement such as peer groups and justice and advocacy. The MHWI concentrates its work in three programmatic areas: (1) Leadership Wellness and Corporate Health, (2) Mental Health Justice/Wellness Equity, and (3) Crisis and Trauma Care & Support. This work also includes supporting the work of social entrepreneurship and young adult leadership proactively connecting with mental health and wellness components across those areas. The MHWI Director will work effectively within NBA’s stated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This position is part of the program team of the NBA and reports directly to the Vice President of Organizational & Leadership Development.
1. Demonstrated ability to design, implement and evaluate programs that have impact; 2. Self-directed and goal-oriented, as informed by organizational needs and mission; able to prioritize and multi-task meeting deadlines and a demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities. 3. Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail with the ability to work independently without close oversight, take initiative, and contribute ideas for enhancing performance; 4. Strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to build new relationships easily and represent the NBA to a variety of stakeholders in a respectful and credible way; 5. A demonstrated commitment to social justice and advocacy work; including experience working with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds including those within the disability community. The ability to appreciate historical contexts, discern nuances of relationships and power dynamics, understand racial/ethnic realities, and respect community needs and desires is important.
6. An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity and patience necessary to work within a transformative environment; 7. Knowledge of and commitment to the mission, values and goals of NBA and knowledge and understanding of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, and the covenantal relationship with NBA;
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefits including health care and pension
Internal Number: 2021-01
About National Benevolent Association
Following God’s call, the National Benevolent Association exists to inspire and connect the people and ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), to accompany one another in the creation of communities of compassion and care, and to advocate for the well-being of humanity.
As the general ministry for health and social services of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the NBA serves in collaborative partnership with local congregations, regions and other general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Disciples-related nonprofits. From the start, the NBA has responded to God's call to care for the "least of these" (Matthew 25:40).
Over the past 130 years, the NBA has always been a ministry that responds to the health, social service, and justice needs of the day. From the humble beginnings of six women gathered in a prayer circle, Disciples churches and leaders helped to build an expansive network of direct-service providers and residential facilities. Today, the NBA continues in this founding vision of “creating communities of compassion and care” through peer networks, issue-based affinity groups, support for emerging ministries, and a service-learning residency program for young adults.