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NAMI Tennessee

Executive Director NAMI Chattanooga

NAMI Tennessee


Job Summary

NAMI Chattanooga, Chattanooga TN, is seeking an experienced, self-determined, and visionary to fill the first paid full-time staff position for NAMI Chattanooga, serving as Executive Director of this NAMI affiliate. This position will be an exciting opportunity for someone to work alongside a Board of Directors in continuing to build, from the ground up, an impactful and efficiently run non-profit organization. This position is headquartered in Chattanooga, TN.

About NAMI Chattanooga: We are a 501c3 non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe and persistent mental health issues and their loved ones through effective and innovative support, education, and advocacy. We are family members with lived experiences of many ages, cultures, and stages. Though independent, NAMI Chattanooga is an affiliate of NAMI National and NAMI Tennessee in

Job Responsibilities

Skills and Dispositions Desired:

  • Non-profit leadership experience
  • Familiarity with mental illness as a professional, caregiver, or individual living with a mental health condition
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with all stakeholders verbally and in writing
  • Ability to collaborate with staff and community partners
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft and Google platforms and tools
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors
  • Experience with strategic planning
  • Experience in developing new revenue streams, fundraising, events, and donor relations
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Fiscal management skills, including budget preparation, decision-making, and reporting
  • Robust work ethic with a sense of passion and urgency regarding bettering systems and resources for those affected by mental illness – a willingness to learn in areas in which prior knowledge may not exist
  • Strong sense of integrity in leadership – conviction to lead with compassion, honesty, and effectiveness


The Executive Director is a comprehensive leader for the organization and within the community, responsible for overseeing the programs, administration, and strategic planning for the good of the organization and all whom it serves. Other key attributes of a qualified candidate include the following:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing, Community Outreach, & Public Relations
  • Fiscal Management
  • Mental Health Advocacy Work – both in the legislative nature and personal and “boots on the ground” nature (working closely with families and those affected by mental illness as they navigate resources).
  • Volunteer recruitment and support.

General Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading NAMI Chattanooga in a manner consistent with the mission and vision defined by the Board of Directors
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing all necessary information to the Board to function effectively and efficiently & to make informed decisions
  • Incorporate principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in all outreach and engagement work
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenue streams necessary to support the mission of NAMI Chattanooga
  • Responsible for the fiscal management of NAMI Chattanooga, including day-to-day fiscal management, annual budget, and monthly financial reports
  • Responsible for reporting and addressing requests made by the person or team charged with third-party oversight
  • Responsible for grant writing, grant management, and communications
  • Responsible for implementing programs that support the organization’s mission in conjunction with the vision and goals of the Board of directors – keeping in mind the resource and advocacy needs of those in the community affected by mental illness
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan and assessing the plan’s performance
  • Responsible for enhancing NAMI Chattanooga’s reputation and rapport with the community including mental health providers through the organization’s coordinated, substantial involvement in the community
  • Responsible for building collaborative relationships with professionals, community organizations, and other non-profits
  • Work collaboratively with organization staff/volunteers. Provide direct supervision to office personnel, supervisors of volunteers, and supervision of the

Serve as NAMI Chattanooga’s public relations contact to all audiences

  • May require some nights, weekends, and occasional travel
  • Oversee the organization of the Board, committees, and other applicable meetings
  • Recommend policies and administrative guidelines to the Board to provide a framework for the management of NAMI Chattanooga.
  • Review and recommend approval of NAMI Chattanooga contracts
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board following the vision and mission of NAMI Chattanooga to address emerging needs

Additional Information


Job Type: Full-time


  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off


  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Chattanooga, TN: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

How to Apply

Apply with cover letter and resume to:


In the subject line please put your name, Executive Director Chattanooga, Open Position


  • Date Posted: October 6, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Accounting / Financial Management
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 11/06/2023
  • Working Hours: 40+hrs/wk; M-F, 9:00AM-5:00PM