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Public Policy/PADS Specialist

The Public Policy Specialist is responsible for advocating primarily at the state level regarding public policies necessary to improve the quality of life of all those affected by mental illness. This is a 30 hour/week position. The specialist will work to fulfill our mission through advocacy efforts through the state budget, state legislation, as well as through rules and regulations. This position is responsible for advancing the use of Psychiatric Advance Directives throughout the state. Central to the success is work to coordinate the grass roots at the affiliate level around our public policy platform implementation. This position reports to the Executive Director and will work to advocate for improved public policies for adults, children, and families affected by mental illness.


Prefer degree in public policy, human services, or related area
Experience in public policy advocacy work, preferably within a nonprofit organization Personal or professional experience with mental illness and the field of mental health in North Carolina


General Public Policy (40%)

  1. Annually survey membership to gather input into the formulation of the public policy platform.
  1. Design and disseminate the public policy platform following approval by public policy committee
  2. Staff monthly public policy committee
  3. Track legislation related to mental illness at the General Assembly and provide targeted advocacy as appropriate, including rallies, press releases, etc
  4. Maintain presence during the legislative session in key committee meetings that are engaged in issues important to NAMI. Provide bulleted talking points on key items coming up for a vote to membership at large. Make calls to ensure that we have a presence when necessary.
  5. Organize public policy content for the web site, and update continuously, with home page references when needed
  6. Research and analyze legislation for presentation to the public policy committee and the executive director, and if appropriate, the board.
  7. Maintains current information on state and local representatives, by affiliate
  8. Visits and develops relationships with key legislators
  9. Assists in conference planning around public policy issues
  10. Assist in working to draft legislation that is determined to be a priority by the public policy committee

Psychiatric Advance Directives (PADS) (30%)

  1. Responsible for goals related to NC PADSs efforts; including staffing the bi-monthly stakeholder meetings, establishing the agenda, minutes.  Oversee all activities referenced in the Southern AHEC contract and the Division contract relative to PADS.
  2. Miscellaneous duties as required

Grassroots Organizing and Networking (30%)

  1. Work with the grassroots affiliates to engage them in our public policy platform through strategies such as meet and greets for legislators, legislative breakfasts, targeted email, phone call campaigns, telephone trees, letter writing campaigns. Create one advocacy contact for each affiliate. Organize affiliate op eds, letters to editor routinely.
  2. Provide public policy and advocacy training to the grassroots annually. Track NAMI Smarts program and ensure it is offered regularly and used by our members.
  3. Regularly communicate updates and calls to action during the session, and between sessions, through Heard in the Halls and action alerts. Organize a legislative day (lobby day) for NAMI annually
  4. Work collaboratively with other agencies on like purpose issues: schools, prisons, jails, law enforcement, courts, juvenile justice, Children’s Collaborative

Job Context

  • Travel is generally by personal automobile within the state and sometimes requires an overnight stay. Occasional out-of-state travel.
  • Must be able to travel independently Occasional long hours or weekend work is expected if necessary to complete the requirements of the job
  • Communication with internal and external persons is extensive and may include public speaking

Equipment Used

  • Computers and software provided by NAMI North Carolina and related to the needs of the educational and support programs
  • E-mail; telephone, voice mail, motor vehicle

Physical and Environmental Requirements with or without Reasonable Accommodation

  • Must possess the visual acuity to develop written correspondence and determine accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned
  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of talking, hearing, sitting for long periods of time, and performing repetitive motions such as using a computer
  • Must be able to perform physical tasks such as lifting, bending, and standing

This position is 30 hours/week and based in Raleigh, NC. To apply for the position, please submit Cover Letter, Resume, List of References, and Job Application to



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