MHA’s benefits include health insurance with generous employer contribution, 401(K) match up to 5% of salary, dental, disability, generous PTO, flexible work arrangements, and a fund to improve mental well-being.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: VPAD01092022
Mental Health America (MHA) is seeking a Vice President of Alliance Development. This position will represent MHA’s interests to critically important partners in the health field, including pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, health systems, digital therapeutics companies, coalitions, and other chronic disease organizations.
This VP of Alliance Development will focus on relationship-building and information exchange with external health-related partners.
The ideal fit for this position:
Loves building and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of partners
Enjoys having days that are mostly communicating with people through emails, phone calls, and Zoom meetings (if you hate Zoom meetings, this is NOT the position for you!)
Loves to be “in the know” and keeps up with industry news
Finds joy in networking events and group meetings
Is an active listener who loves conversation
Can speak in detail about health policy
Takes good notes about relationship development
Knows how to link partners with other appropriate staff members
Has a passion for innovative and strategic fundraising and stewardship
The vast majority of the VP of Alliance Development’s time will be engaging with partners and funders to strengthen existing and form new relationships. There is a high volume of emails, phone calls, meetings, collaboration with partners and co-workers, and participating in external group meetings.
Health policy is very complex, and mental health policy has a lot of nuances. Someone with a background in health policy or chronic health will thrive in this position. Someone with experience in mental health policy will excel.
The VP of Alliance Development will report to the Chief Marketing and Advancement Officer to align all resource development strategy. However, the VP of Alliance Development will work very closely with MHA’s policy team and keep up with other members of MHA’s program team.
Although MHA staff are mostly working remotely due to COVID, this position is eligible for full-time remote employment. However, because many events take place in the Washington, DC area, non-local candidates will be expected to travel regularly (up to 25% when the pandemic ends). Local candidates are strongly encouraged.
MHA understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism and embrace diversity and inclusion in all that we do, including informing our hiring practices. We pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and racist policies in all their forms.
The Vice President of Alliance Development will engage in the following activities:
Primary point of contact for health-related partners, including (with current, significant number of relationships identified):
Pharmaceutical Companies (15 partners)
Health Insurers and Payers (5 partners)
National Pharmacy Chains (2 partners)
Health Systems (3 partners)
Digital Therapeutics Companies (8 partners)
Coalitions and groups that represent mental health or chronic health (6 partners)
Other chronic disease or health advocacy organizations (multiple partners with lower general time investment)
Meet regularly with health-related partners:
Sharing updates about MHA’s activities
Learning about partner’s activities and sharing updates with MHA staff and affiliates
Developing and pitching funding or partnership opportunities
Maintaining a high level of satisfaction with partnership relations
Coordinating meetings or working with other staff at MHA
Work with health partners to identify resources and opportunities for events such as MHA’s Annual Conference
Write funding proposals and letters of request and/or work with fund development staff to apply for grants (up to 20% of time spent on this)
Stay up to date on industry trends and news
Represent MHA at external meetings (including coalition meetings, network events, and conferences) with health-related partners
Speak or present about MHA activities or mental health at health partner meetings
Identify new potential partners, build relationships and develop new opportunities
Work with MHA staff to:
Develop systems to track and ensure deliverables and reports are submitted on time
Keep health partners updated about current and future MHA activities
Meet twice a week with the policy team
Meet as needed with other groups at MHA
Prioritize partnerships and opportunities that advance mental health equity and the mental health of diverse populations (BIPOC, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities included)
Link health-related partners to state and local MHA affiliates (these are separately incorporated organizations across the country)
Support the work of other MHA projects or activities as needed or as interested
5+ years of experience in health advocacy and/or policy required. 10+ years strongly preferred
Professional or personal experience with mental health very strongly encouraged
Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams from different backgrounds
Active listening skills
Public speaking and presentation skills
Ability to use standard office technology
Good writing skills
Commitment to advancing the mission of the work above all else
To apply for this job, send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “VP of Alliance Development” in the subject line of the email.
No phone calls or emails, please. EOE.
About Mental Health America Mental Health America (MHA)'s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal. MHA’s programs and initiatives fulfill its mission of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. MHA’s national office and its 200+ affiliates and associates around the country work every day to protect the rights and dignity of individuals with lived experience and ensure that peers and their voices are integrated into all areas of the organization.
At MHA, we believe that a workplace that fosters positive mental health, and our open culture reflects that. Leaders are available to everyone, people help each other, and the environment is more casual than formal. MHA’s benefits include health insurance with generous employer contribution, 401(K) match up to 5% of salary, dental, disability, generous PTO, flexible work arrangements, and a fund to improve mental well-being.
Mental Health America (MHA) - founded in 1909 - is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.