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NAMI Tennessee

Executive Director

NAMI Tennessee


Job Summary

NAMI of Tennessee is seeking a progressive, energetic, mission-focused individual to serve as its Executive Director.  The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the successful leadership, management, and administration of the organization in accordance with the vision and mission set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director oversees the overall strategic and operational responsibilities of NAMI’s staff, programs, and advocacy. The Executive Director will serve as the lead passionate representative of NAMI and its mission.

NAMI is a nationwide nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization comprised of persons with mental illness, their families, friends and service providers.

  • Our mission is to improve the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by these disorders and to give support to their care givers.
  • Our focus is on providing advocacy and coping skills for persons whose lives are affected by severe persistent mental illness (SPMIs).  These include schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders and co-occurring substance abuse.
  • Our  mission is accomplished through support, education, and advocacy for research and services

For more information please visit our website: www.namitn.org.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Competencies of the Successful Candidate

  • Passion for our mission
  • Strategic and Visionary Leader: Ability to create a compelling sense of organizational purpose to appeal to key stakeholders while also inspiring others.
  • Strong Ethics and Values: Translates and operationalizes vision and own behavior that is grounded in the agency’s shared values.
  • Familiarity with mental health system a plus – Understanding of a lived experience for both individuals with mental illness and caregivers/families dealing with mental illness.
  • Track record of managing organizational change efforts
  • Excellent writing, communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Entrepreneurial approach to the use of scarce resources
  • Ability to coach and motivate direct reports, manage relationships with various professionals in a dynamic, complex and a fast pace environment
  • Ability to recruit and work with a diverse board of directors
  • Financial acumen – Ability to build and manage a budget
  • Previous experience working with mental health/human services related missions either in a professional setting or through volunteer work.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising and fiscal management.
  • Politically savvy – can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly.  Experience working at a state government level on critical policy issues
  • Strong experience in organizational development and management skills.
  • Ability to lead complex, multi-component projects to successful outcomes. Ability to negotiate and influence effectively in high-impact situations with stakeholders at all levels


Education / Prior Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred.
  • Multiple years of proven results in building an organization and achieving results.

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, 403B Retirement Plan, Life Insurance

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a current resume to:

The NAMI Search Committee

C/O The Center for Nonprofit Management

Email: Executivesearch@cnm.org


Applicant screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled




  • Date Posted: January 17, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Board Leadership
  • Start Date: 04/01/2023
  • Salary Range: $90,000 to $120,000. Relocation assistance negotiable.
  • Working Hours: Varies