Vice President, Communications
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a leading national organization focusing on mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, which affect over 21 million Americans, account for over 50% 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 videocasts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Through more than 500 support groups and approximately 150 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; nationally recognized peer support services, training, advocacy, and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.
- Community—DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection.
- Inspiration—DBSA celebrates peers’ accomplishments, including those of the many talented, successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.
- Wisdom—DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide, timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices, and lived experiences.
- Responsibility—DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone.
Scope of Role
DBSA celebrated its 35th anniversary and completed its first year of a three-year strategic plan in 2020, during a year of unprecedented change and challenges related to the pandemic, an economic recession, and civil unrest. The DBSA team enhanced and, in some cases, transformed programs and services during this period, including assisting our chapter network migrate local, in-person meetings to virtual platforms; expanding our national online support group seven-fold; and creating and distributing digital wellness tools, podcasts, and videos to support the growing interest in mental health and peer-to-peer resources to help people cope with depression, bipolar and other mental health conditions. During this period DBSA also launched the “DBSA Mood Crew™”, new resources to help caregivers, clinicians, and teachers engage children ages 4 – 10 to identify and express a myriad of feelings they may be experiencing.
In the wake of our country’s civil unrest and racial reckoning, DBSA is committed to offering more mental health wellness resources and peer support in communities of color. We have begun to form local partnerships in Chicago, where we are headquartered and have secured funding to launch national outreach strategies to reach a more diverse audience of peers, caregivers, and clinicians of color.
DBSA is seeking a talented leader whose experiences and values align with our mission to provide hope, help, support, and education to people living with mood disorders. The Vice President, Communications will play a key role in helping to achieve DBSA’s mission by providing strategic leadership and management oversight to the organization’s communications efforts. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a strategic communications plan to support the current strategies in our three-year plan, as well as create new strategies to expand DBSA’s digital presence, reach a broader and more diverse audience, and address cultural barriers and stigma to accessing support. The Vice President, Communications will be responsible for increasing staff in the department from two to four full-time employees, as well as hiring and managing external contractors, as needed. This position is an integral member of the management team, oversees all aspects of Communications, including managing staff and budgets, and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Develop and implement multi-year strategies to expand DBSA’s reach and support the overall strategic priorities of the organization
- Strengthen the DBSA brand by developing consistent language that reflects DBSA’s core beliefs and the peer voice
- Lead enhancements to DBSA’s digital presence, including utilization of DBSA’s extensive website assets, social media presence, and other digital platforms
- Manage market research projects
- Utilize Google Analytics, SEO data, social media and email analytics, as well as survey and focus group information, to improve DBSA’s positioning and expand audience
- Work with DBSA Advocacy, Development, Chapters, and Programs teams to support their goals and priorities
- Lead DBSA’s diversity and outreach initiatives that ultimately offer peer support and wellness resources to a broader audience
- Manage communications team and budget
- Serve as a member of DBSA management team
These recommended qualifications and related work experience are suggestive in nature only and are not intended to limit or restrict applicants in any way. Alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. We encourage all applicants who believe their skills and experience are sufficient to do the job well to apply.
- Commitment to supporting individuals living with a mental health condition; prior experience working in the mental health and/or peer support preferred
- Proven track record related to developing, implementing, and evaluating successful marketing and communications programs (digital and print)
- Proven track record of compiling and interpreting complex data and utilizing information to make decisions, enhance reach, and improve engagement with audiences
- Successful experiences cultivating and engaging a diverse constituent base
- At least five years management experience; ability to inspire and lead people
- Superior project management and organizational skills
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Considerable working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, email, internet
- Experience with budget development and management
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in communications, marketing or related professions
Additional Salary Information: $75,000 – $85,000 annually
This is a full-time position with benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, 401K and life insurance. Position will primarily work standard hours of 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, flexible start/end times possible. Periodic evening or weekend hours may be required.
This position will be remote/work from home during the pandemic.
DEDICATION TO AN EQUITABLE WORKPLACE
DBSA is committed to equal employment opportunity for all employees, and to providing employees with a work environment free of any form of discrimination and harassment. DBSA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through our equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.
At DBSA, we make a point to celebrate our differences and respect each other’s unique perspectives. In fact, it is core to the work we do. DBSA encourages our employees to bring their authentic selves to work, where they receive a wholehearted welcome.
How to apply
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.