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NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties

Executive Director, NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties

NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties


Job Summary

What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties is one of 650 local affiliates of NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties is a newly expanded affiliate and is poised for community expansion.

We currently have an opening for an Executive Director. The Executive Director provides leadership to identify, evaluate, champion, and execute opportunities to drive awareness, increase resources, and facilitate growth for NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties, a 501c3 organization. The Executive Director is a comprehensive, servant 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. The Executive Director leads the development and execution of plans that maximize our impact, enhancing philanthropic and shared value activities. They cultivate relationships across members, leaders, community organizations, and businesses, and cross-functionally with NAMI Tennessee to help deliver results.

This full-time position is based in our Hendersonville, Tenn. Offices.

Job Responsibilities


  • Servant Leadership
  • Affiliate Operations
  • Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • Marketing, Community Outreach, & Public Relations
  • Fiscal Management
  • Mental Health Advocacy
  • Reputation Stewardship

General Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for leading in a manner consistent with the mission and vision defined by the Board of Directors
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenue streams necessary to support the mission of NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties
  • Responsible for the fiscal management of NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties, including day-to-day fiscal management, annual budget, and monthly financial reports, in partnership with the board Treasurer
  • 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 health conditions
  • With the Board of Directors, is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan and assessing the plan’s performance
  • Responsible for building collaborative relationships with professionals, community organizations, and other non-profits
  • Work collaboratively with organization staff/volunteers. Provide direct encouragement to volunteers.
  • Oversee the organization of the Board, committees, and other applicable meetings
  • Note: may require some nights, weekends, and occasional travel


  • Non-profit leadership experience; a record of leadership experience
  • Strong knowledge of the mental health field and peer- and family experience
  • A strong commitment to public service
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; demonstrate excellent judgment and relationship management skills
  • Ability to collaborate with staff and community partners
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite
  • 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
  • Must pass a background check

Additional Information


Your salary is only one component of the total compensation package. NAMI offers a range of standard and unique benefits that are reviewed annually:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Plan options
  • Paid Time Off, Vacation, Personal, and Sick Leave
  • 403(b) or related retirement plan

NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. NAMI Sumner and Wilson Counties prohibits discrimination and harassment against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, genetic information or any other legally protected group status. We also provide reasonable accommodation for candidates with a disability.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to info@sumnerandswilsoncounties.org


  • Date Posted: April 26, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Director
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services