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Senior Advisor
Title:Senior Advisor
Department:Practice Improvement and Consulting (PIC)
Location:Washington, DC or Remote
Organizational Overview
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 3,400 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2.5 million Americans have been trained.

The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Position Summary

The National Council’s fast-growing Practice Improvement Department is engaged in an array of government and privately funded initiatives to enable quality improvement and workforce development in mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations. These initiatives utilize the very best in quality improvement techniques, strong partnerships with experts from around the country, and thoughtful use of traditional and new communications and media.

The Senior Advisor position is critical to achieve the National Council’s goal of providing timely and meaningful technical assistance to community behavioral health organizations, and providing necessary subject matter expertise, maximizing value for the target audience, meeting funder expectations, and leveraging outputs for the benefit of the behavioral health field. This position assists in the day-to-day operations of the Department within the framework of the National Council's policy goals, priorities, and annual organizational work plan.

Principal Responsibilities:
Technical writing and subject matter expertise: (40%)
  • Works effectively with staff in the development of reports, papers, and policy statements, as requested.
  • Act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on various initiatives within Practice Improvement department, particularly focused on Peer Recovery Support Services, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, workforce capacity building, and data evaluation.
  • Develop presentations, reports, and other written summaries as needed.
  • Participate in the National Council’s proposal team as needed; tasks include proposal development strategic thinking and writing.
  • Engage in external outreach activities to facilitate National Council positioning.
  • Other technical writing requests, as needed.
  • Responds to Media and participates on Expert Panels within SME expertise.

Consultation and Technical Assistance: (30%)   
  • Provides responsive, high quality, issue related and strategy-based consultation technical assistance through the National Council’s expanding portfolio of practice improvement projects.
  • Designs technical assistance infrastructure and work plans for various National Council practice improvement initiatives, monitors adherence to work plan and provides progress reports to staff as requested.

Administrative oversight: (20%)
  • Comfortable at serving in the capacity of a coach and developer of others; adapting communication styles to meet the situation, and coaching beyond the boundaries of subject knowledge expertise
  • Provides project management support for National Council initiatives as needed.
  • Maintains consistent and proactive communication with the Practice Area Lead, regarding project activities including, but not limited to, progress on deliverables, implementation challenges and mitigation strategies

Other: (10%)
Includes the following accountabilities:
  • Participates in staff meetings.
  • Regular travel for work at non-local sites is expected.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in related field required

  • At least 10-12 years’ experience in related field, with 3-5 years providing direct services to individuals with addictions or mental health conditions and/or quality improvement in behavioral health settings
  • At least 5-7 years of demonstrated leadership and management experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office - MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Track record of successfully securing grant funding

  • Outstanding written skills
  • Strong attention to detail is essential
  • Ability to contribute to a strong team-based environment
  • Ability to operate in a fluid environment requiring multi-tasking to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills, and ability to complete tasks as assigned, within timelines
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to travel up to 25% (post COVID)
  • Deep knowledge of mental health, addiction prevention, treatment, or recovery.

Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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