Collaborative Strategies Inc.

  • President/CEO

    # of Openings
    Non-Profit Management
    Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri
    US-MO-St. Louis
  • Overview

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    Position Announcement


    Are you a visionary change-agent?

    Are you a champion for mental health?

    Do you want to lead a small organization, with a big mission & make a huge impact?


    …If so, you may be perfect for this opportunity!


    When people face a mental health concern or crisis and don’t know where to turn – Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri (MHA-EM) is there. MHA-EM is the region’s go-to resource for mental health education, information, referrals and advocacy. Since 1945, Mental Health America has been a leader in promoting mental health and improving the care and treatment of individuals living with mental illness. We are proud to be the only organization in the region working towards achieving our mission by addressing the full spectrum of mental health and mental illness.


    As one of more than 300 affiliates nationwide, MHA-EM is part of a growing movement of organizations that promote the mental well-being of individuals and communities. In 2017, we empowered 3,200 employees at companies through our wellness seminars; connected over 700 individuals on our HelpLine; and provided essential financial management services for 145 individuals with serious mental illness. Together with a committed Board of Directors and over 300 dedicated volunteers, our passionate team of 8 employees is helping to increase awareness and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. With on-going support from grants, corporate and community partners, and private donations, MHA-EM has the financial stability and is poised to have an even greater impact in the years ahead. To learn more, please visit us at


    In an effort to advance our strategic direction, MHA-EM is seeking a dynamic and visionary President/CEO who will maximize resource development while leading the organization towards fulfilling its mission as a continued leader in promoting mental health for everyone. Reporting to our Board of Directors, the ideal candidate will:


    • PROVIDE INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP Partner with the Board of Directors to define and execute its vision and strategic plan supporting the MHA-EM mission. Provide oversight for the implementation of programs based on the strategic plan and ensure strategic initiatives are aligned with the yearly budget, staffing, fundraising, and partnerships. Inform and engage Board Members through transparent communication regarding financial, programmatic and impact performance measures. Assist in board development to ensure diverse and inclusive Board representation.
    • ADVANCE THE MHA-EM MISSION (ADVOCACY & PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT) – Serve as an ambassador to lead efforts to create positive change in policy and legislation that affect mental health care. Guide the Board of Directors in developing and implementing public policy programs and initiatives, and analyzing legislation, as needed. Partner with the Advocacy Chair & Committee in recommending policy positions and preparing testimony, and legislative alerts. Develop and foster strong partnerships with other organizations, particularly advocacy organizations, that maximize MHA-EM’s effectiveness and positive impact on legislation and public policies affecting people with mental health conditions. Ensure that MHA-EM is developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based programs to support its mission. Lead the development of strategic partnerships and foster collaborations with organizations seeking to achieve similar outcomes. Ensure that MHA-EM continues to innovate and serve as a thought leader in implementing prevention, promotion, and advocacy programs.
    • SECURE ORGANIZATIONAL RESOURCES (DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING) – Manage the organization’s resource development in partnership with the Board of Directors and the MHA-EM’s Vice-President. Oversee fundraising planning, including the submission of grants and execution of special events. Foster existing relationships and help cultivate new relationships to enhance revenue from major donors, individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and corporations. Spearhead efforts to establish new funding sources for long-term organizational success and sustainability.
    • STEWARD THE ASSETS (FINANCIAL & OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT) – Prudently manage the organization’s key assets, including both financial and human resources. Regularly assess staffing levels needed to deliver high quality service offerings and effective programs. Recruit, develop and retain a talented and capable staff to be accountable for the impact their roles have on the organization’s success. Align and prioritize MHA-EM’s services, relationships, and policies for the greatest impact. With the Finance Committee, develop long- and short-range financial plans, monitor annual budget and ensure sound financial controls. Set financial priorities and make prudent recommendations to the Board of Directors.
    • BE THE VOICE (MARKETING, COMMUNITY & MEDIA RELATIONS) – Represent MHA-EM as a well-respected thought leader in local and state efforts advocating for the improvement of mental well-being for individuals and their communities. Serve as the face and voice to our local community, consistently and positively presenting the organization and its mission to all stakeholders. Develop, enhance, and maintain productive relationships with all community constituents, policymakers and media sources. Provide oversight and manage public relations and press coverage to raise awareness on a local and state level. Ensure that MHA-EM has a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy that increases visibility, reinforces brand identity, and engages future generations of donors and volunteers.


    • Ten or more years of experience in progressively more responsible leadership roles in nonprofit or mission-driven organizations.
    • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing sustainable development initiatives at the corporate, business, and individual levels. Knowledge of grant application process and factors of success and a solid understanding and application of best practices in fundraising and development.
    • Demonstrated experience delivering high-impact community-based programs and results.
    • Broad-based functional experience including financial management, communications and marketing.
    • Understanding of mental health landscape, issues, and centers of influence preferred but not required.
    • Proven leadership capability in rallying an organization – staff, Board, volunteers and key stakeholders to achieve significant results.
    • Track record of building and leading high-performing teams: includes hiring, developing and, when necessary, transitioning talent.

    Other Personal Characteristics

    • Results-driven leader who inspires confidence internally and externally, who knows how to lead, empower others, and nurture talent.
    • A “bridge builder” skilled at building consensus and achieving buy-in across constituents.
    • Strong executive presence and an articulate communicator who can deliver messages with confidence and authority.
    • Exhibits self-awareness and resilience, with a strong work ethic.
    • A patient but persistent change agent. Comfortable offering new points of view and challenging others to think differently.
    • Flexible and adaptable; able to juggle multiple projects and priorities based on the needs of the organization; can quickly adjust key priorities in response to changing dynamics.
    • Values-driven leader with high level of ethics and uncontested integrity.
    • Possesses a passion and commitment to make a difference in a nonprofit setting and to MHA-EM’s mission.



    MHA-EM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

    MHA-EM welcomes difference in the form of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, geography, socioeconomic status, age, politics, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.





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