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Policy and Planning Coordinator, Criminal Justice Diversion

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) is a nonprofit grassroots education, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. NAMI Mass, with 19 local affiliates and over 2,500 members is comprised of individuals with mental illness, family members and others in the mental health community.

NAMI's Criminal Justice Diversion Project works to prevent the unnecessary arrest and incarceration of people with mental health or substance use conditions. We support police departments and other first responders in engaging with people experiencing behavioral health crises through training programs and community-building between police, health providers, and other community stakeholders. We are looking for an energetic, organized, driven professional to support our work which bridges the criminal justice and mental health fields. This position offers a great learning opportunity and a chance to have an impact on major social policy issues. Though the position is currently part-time, there is potential for it to develop into a full-time position
Location: NAMI Mass State Office- The Schrafft's Center 529 Main Street Suite 1M17         Boston, MA 02129
Reports to: Director, Criminal Justice Diversion and the Executive Director
Essential Functions:
·       Provide project management functions, including developing systems to monitor progress of multiple projects;
·       Stay current on public policy issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health;
·       Schedule meetings, developing meeting agendas, inviting speakers and managing follow-up for all Criminal Justice Diversion projects;
·       Prepare written reports/materials including concept papers, advocacy pieces, grant applications, program evaluations and reports;
·       Support advocacy and media outreach efforts.
·       Supervise interns and students;
·       Support media outreach and public relations efforts;
·       Research and writing as needed.
·       Provide support to Project director, including: staff support of the Advisory Group on Crisis Intervention and Diversion, including drafting of agenda; preparing hand-outs; scheduling and other logistics; minutes recording; follow-up on assigned tasks; and preparation of reports;
·       Maintain Criminal Justice Diversion Project web-page on the NAMI Mass website;
·       Manage the Project grant funding, including: researching grant opportunities, writing grant reports, both fiscal and narrative, as requested by funders; writing grant proposals to potential funders;  managing grant applications; managing due dates for grant reporting; and scheduling meetings with potential Project funders; and
·       Other projects as assigned by the Criminal Justice Project Director
Minimum Qualifications:
·       Master's Degree in public health, social work, human services, criminal justice and/or related degree preferred.
·       Understanding of mental health and/or the criminal justice system
·       Ability to apply direction in novel situations
·       Strong writing and research skills
·       Skillful at verbal and written communication and networking
·       Good organization, interpersonal, and computer skills
·       Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills
·       Literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other programs as needed
·       Must have a car and a valid Massachusetts Driver's License
NAMI Mass offers a generous benefit package. For consideration please send a copy of your resume and cover letter by October 25, 2016 to
NAMI Mass is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.