Managing Director -
• J.D., M.P.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., and/or other relevant advanced degree, or at least ten years of comparable work experience
• At least five years of experience in civil legal services, human rights, or mental health policy advocacy
• Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising and grant-writing
• Experience supervising interdisciplinary staff, as well as interfacing with and supervising other managerial staff
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Familiarity with principles of recovery, trauma, and harm reduction, and have a demonstrated capacity working within a human rights and anti-oppression framework
• Support and develop group cohesion and maintain a respectful and equitable work environment for all staff
• Directly supervise MHP managers and other staff as needed
• Oversee staff training and professional development
• In collaboration with development staff, obtain and retain funding, through government contracts and/or foundation funding and direct contributions
• Ensure appropriate data collection for grants/contracts reports and management, as well as prepare for and participate with audits of project contracts/grants
• Represent the project and its goals, through traditional and social media outlets, coalition work, and outreach with elected officials and community leaders
• Work closely with project staff and managers to support and develop systemic advocacy and impact litigation
• Cultivate and maintain collaborative working relationships with other organizations involved in mental health advocacy and legal services, and participate in projects, coalitions, committees, etc. that address issues which fall within MHP’s mission
• Stay informed about policies and legal developments in the field, in order to ensure MHP’s work is responsive to current trends
• Participate actively as a member of the Urban Justice Center Executive Management Team, meeting regularly with other Managing Directors of the Urban Justice Center and the Executive Director, to ensure proper management of the Urban Justice Center, including serving on management bargaining committees and assisting with other union/management concerns
• Support project-wide collaboration and camaraderie by leading and participating in trainings, dialogue and events
The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status, or marital status. People with lived experience of mental health concerns and/or criminal justice involvement are encouraged to apply.
The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center is a team of attorneys, social workers and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness. We represent individual clients, bring class action lawsuits, and engage in community education and outreach with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.