Employment Opportunities at DBSA

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading national organization focused on depression and bipolar disorder. Led by and created for individuals living with these conditions, DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people with mood disorders by providing free, scientifically based tools and information focused on an integrated approach to wellness; supporting research; and working toward equitable treatment for people with mental health conditions.

Depression and bipolar disorder affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, its chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through extensive online and print resources, nearly 650 support groups, and more than 250 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. In 2015, DBSA programs and resources directly touched 3.4 million people. The board recently completed a 2017-2018 strategic plan that’s an adaptable, data-driven framework for achieving measurable outcomes within DBSA’s three strategic choices: Peer Focus—helping people who have mood disorders lead full, meaningful lives; Advocacy—influencing positive change in the way the world views mental health; and Organizational Effectiveness—fulfilling current commitments and overarching vision with impact, accountability, and integrity.

What Makes DBSA Unique

  • Peer-led: DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that they do. More than half of the DBSA staff and board members live with a mood disorder and all DBSA support groups are facilitated by peers.
  • Nationally recognized: DBSA is nationally recognized for peer specialist training services, mental health advocacy work, expansive network of peer support groups, and broad and deep first-person perspective on the lived experience of depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Innovative: DBSA provides leading-edge, interactive online resources.
  • Wellness-centered: DBSA informs, empowers, supports, and inspires individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead.

Mission

DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Vision

DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder.

Key information

  • $3.1 million revenue in 2015
  • $2.7 million from contributions in 2015
  • 17 Full-time Staff

Chapters Recruitment Intern

Scope of Role
The Chapter Recruitment Intern is an integral part of the Peer Engagement and Policy team and reports to the Chapter Relations Manager, Nareth Phin.

The Chapters Recruitment Intern works remotely part-time (10-15 hours per week) from during the summer months. The position is unpaid.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research
    • Compile mental health statistics
    • Identify mental health organizations and available services for bipolar disorder and/or depression in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.
  • Lead development
    • Contact organizations that work directly with individuals who live with depression or bipolar disorder
      • Gauge interest in working with a DBSA chapter
      • Collect contact info of prospective chapter leaders and initiate contact
    • Follow up with individuals who have requested chapter start-up guides
      • Help connect start-up inquiries with local resources
  • Document research, contacts, and other process notes
  • Write final report on potential opportunities and challenges to expanding recruitment campaign
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Resides in NYC (preferably Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx) for the duration of the internship
  • Interest in nonprofit work, mental health, and/or community education
  • Proven ability to be a self-starter and work independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent telephone and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Word, Excel and other Office Suite programs, Internet and e-mail
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Proven ability to pick up on systems and duties with minimal training
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Nareth Phin at NPhin@DBSAlliance.org.


Chapters and Program Intern

Scope of Role
The Chapter and Program Intern is an integral part of the Peer Engagement and Policy team and reports to Nareth Phin, Chapter Relations Manager.

The Chapters and Program Intern works full-time (37.5) hours per week during the summer months. The position is unpaid.

Duties & Responsibilities

Chapters

Participant Survey Support  

  • Assist with the paper mailing preparation
  • Assist with chapter follow up, including phone reminders and explanation of directions
  • Enter manual responses, as needed
  • Pull and format chapter reports, based on provided template
  • Assist with analysis and reporting of overall and segmented data
  • Provide weekly check-in report as to the number of individual participants, including chapters represented

Admin and Outreach 

  • Assist with marketing outreach and administrative support of Chapter Regional Meetings
  • Fulfill requests for educational pamphlets
  • Assist with administrative duties as assigned

Programs

Program Development

  • The following duties may be assigned pending program availiability:
  • Conduct research and outreach related to marketing and promotion of any assigned programs, including correspondence via phone, email, fax, or physical mail
  • Assist with the development, implementation, and editing of webinars, podcasts, and written guides
  • Evaluate current resource materials (such as brochures) as assigned, research and make recommendations for updates

Qualifications

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Word, Excel and other Office Suite programs, Internet and e-mail; experience managing databases
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Proven ability to pick up on systems and duties with minimal training
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent telephone and interpersonal skills

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Nareth Phin at NPhin@DBSAlliance.org.