• 47 Broad Avenue Binghamton, NY 13904

  • Phone (607) 771-8888

  • Fax (607) 771-8892

Executive Director

Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier


The Executive Director is a key management leader of The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization while delivering the mission and vision to the community. The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors of the Association, and works through and with the President of the Association, its Executive Committee, and its officers.


The Executive Director must be qualified and proficient in exercising management control and direction of the professional and support personnel of the agency. The principal areas of emphasis in each of the major functional activities are:

Professional Qualifications Required:

· Masters degree in Social Work, Public Health, Health Administration, Business, or related field, and five years senior non-profit management experience or Bachelor’s degree and 7 years senior non-profit management experience.

· Experience with research and grant writing, budget development and oversight required.

· Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.

· High level strategic thinking and planning

· Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers, and donors.

· Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers, and the overall community.

· An understanding of legislative and governmental processes and the ability to work closely with legislative and governmental officials both local and state.

· Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

· A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.

· Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.

General Responsibilities:

Management & Leadership:

· Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff

· Supervise and collaborate with organization staff

· Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and operations necessary for efficient agency management.

· Promote and maintain open and effective communication with the Board of Directors and agency personnel on a consistent and regular basis.

· Implements and ensures compliance with agency’s personnel policies and procedures.

· Select, train, supervise and routinely evaluate staff.

· Trains, directs, motivates, and provides for the professional development of staff.

· Utilizes time and resources effectively and efficiently.

· Creates a positive and professional work environment.

· Impact the administration of mental health policy and programs by monitoring and influencing administrative decisions and activities of public and private agencies at the state and local levels.

· Advocate for policy improvement among community and government agencies.

· Educate local, state, and federal legislators regarding mental health issues.

· Coordinate and support the program activities of the MHAST.

· Promote opportunities for more active participation by the membership in the activities of the Association.

· Serves as agency spokesperson on mental health issues.

· Exhibits loyalty to the Association through dedication to its mission and goals; and through willingness to devote time necessary to accomplish those goals

Board Governance: Works with MHAST’s Board of Directors in order to fulfill the organizations mission.

· Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

· Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization.

· Assist the Board of Directors and committees in understanding their mission, charges and responsibilities.

· Assist in developing appropriate timelines and activity calendars to foster and maintain board participation in agency events.

· Provides advice and counsel to Board and Committees as requested.

· Supports the Board of Directors and acts in a manner that does not misalign or negatively represent the Board.

· Provide staff support to the Board of Directors

a) Orientation on the role of MHAST and role of Board members to it

b) Keep Board fully informed of MHAST activities

c) Be a partner in the process of decision making

d) Carry out directives of Board

e) Assist in maintaining continuity as change takes place in the volunteer leadership

f) Assist is planning meetings


· Encourages open & transparent communication and opportunity for problem solving.

· Informs Board, President, staff, volunteers and community groups of agency activities and directions in timely and appropriate manner.

· Communicates effectively in a clear, concise and organized manner, both orally and in writing on a consistent and regular basis.

Organization Mission, Strategy and Community Involvement:

· Works with MHAST’s Board and Regional and State affiliated associations and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

· Responsible for implementation of MHAST’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission

· Develops and maintains positive working relationships with other Human Services/Health Care agencies, divisions, and state/federal agencies.

· Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that MHAST can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.

· Responsible for the enhancement of MHAST’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

o Represent MHAST on community involvements, task forces, and work groups that pertain to mental health issues.

o Serves on appropriate committees of external organizations.

· Assist with the development of a corps of trained volunteers and informed advocates.

· Maintains communication/relationship and ensures agency alignment/compliancy with that of the policies/mission of the Mental Health Association of New York State as well as the National Mental Health Association, and must ensure that dues to the MHANYS are paid in a timely manner.

· Works closely with legislative and government officials both local and state.

Financial Performance and Viability Develops with MHAST’s Board and Regional and State affiliated association’s resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

· Develop and implement, with the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and/or Budget and Finance Committee, a fiscal program responsive to the goals of MHAST.

· Responsible for the fiscal integrity of MHAST, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

o Prepares budgets and issues appropriate, timely financial records; manages agency operations in a fiscally responsible manner.

· Ensure full and accurate disclosure of all financials to the Board of Directors, membership and any reporting agency.

· Manages the finances of the agency appropriately, ensures all reports are filed and bills are paid timely. Advises the Board of Directors immediately of any financial issues or discrepancies.

· Oversight preparation of special budgets as required.

· Responsible for fundraising and developing other revenues necessary to support MHAST’s mission.

· Coordinates financial development endeavors with the Board, staff, membership, volunteers and the United Way, as well as other key groups.

· Demonstrate utmost financial accountability in accordance with government standards; including but not limited to Sarbane Oxley Act.

· Grant writing - active participation with researching and pursing available funding opportunities through federal, state and local grants.


Compensation will be negotiable and is expected to be at a level comparable with and appropriate to the position of senior professional staff person of a non-profit association.

Other benefits offered:

o Health & Dental insurance

o Life Insurance

o Retirement plan

o Paid time off

o Flexible schedule

o Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Work environment:

· Indoor, environmentally controlled conditions.

· Occasional travel to other locations is required, both within and outside of NYS, for meetings and events.

· Physical demands: Sedentary position

· Mental demands: Requires ability to multi-task, lead and coordinate others, be in frequent contact with others, both internally and externally, take responsibility for the work outcomes and results of staff members, deal with conflict situations.


· Core: Business hours are Monday thru Friday

· Other hours as required for meetings, events, special projects, etc

· Salaried position


· This is an onsite position located in Binghamton, NY 13904. The ability to relocate or commute before starting work is preferred.