Mental Diversity Startup: Volunteer Coordinator / Development Director

Two Job Openings in Innovative Mental Diversity Nonprofit Startup

Volunteer Coordinator & Development Director
(two separate volunteer-to-hire positions)

Portland Hearing Voices is a new community learning partnership for people who hear voices, see visions, and have unusual beliefs and sensory experiences. We ask the question, What do these experiences mean to you? and welcome all individual interpretations, recognizing emotional distress and pain while also acknowledging positive sides of creativity, sensitivity, and spirituality. A non-judgmental approach accepts people who use medication, those who do not, people who have a medical diagnosis, and the range of possibilities in between. Through discussion groups, public events, and education we embrace and support mental diversity.

We are currently in a visioning and startup phase. We have two part-time job openings: Volunteer Coordinator and Development Director. Both positions work closely with the Program Director and will involve collaborative development of work goals and plans.

As a startup project, these are volunteer-to-hire positions that will offer salary commensurate with experience once we start reaching fundraising objectives.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Part time to recruit and collaborate with Portland Hearing Voices volunteers and build relationships with partner organizations.

Requirements: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; experience with group facilitation, mediation, and community organizing; ability to work in diverse contexts; familiarity with web 2.0 social tools; self-motivation and excellent time management skills; inspiration; and a love of people and human diversity.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Part time to write and solicit foundation grants, develop membership fundraising efforts, coordinate fundraising events, and create organization funding strategies.

Requirements: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; background in fundraising and organizational development; an appreciation for in-kind and creative resource generation; ability to work in diverse contexts; self-motivation and excellent time management skills; inspiration; and a love of people and human diversity.

These positions are open to all qualified applicants. People who hear voices, see visions, and have unusual beliefs and sensory experiences are also encouraged to apply. Hours are based on your volunteer availability (such as 5-8 hours/week to start, but this is flexible), and both positions expect a 1 year commitment.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Program Director Will Hall is a voice hearer and schizophrenia survivor. He has more than 15 years experience as a community organizer, including co-founding Western Massachusetts’ Freedom Center, work with The Icarus Project, and co-initiating WXOJ-LP FM Valley Free Radio. Will writes and speaks frequently about his experiences, and has a longtime spiritual practice of yoga, meditation, and acupuncture.

Portland Hearing Voices is a 501(c)3 non-profit under the fiscal sponsorship of the Mental Health Association of Portland. We are part of the international voice-hearing movement; check out www.intervoiceonline.org. Portland Hearing Voices is an equal opportunity employer, and people from diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:

Please send a non-html email with “Volunteer-To-Hire-Position” in the subject line and the following pasted in the body (this is easier than attachments):

• which position you are applying for
• your qualifications and experience
• what inspires you about this project
• why you are interested in working volunteer-to-hire
• your resume, focusing on relevant experience
• three references with a description of how you know them
• your hours availability as a volunteer
• any questions you have
• anything else you think we should know
and
• what you do for fun and to relax.

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you.

Will Hall
Founder and Program Director
Portland Hearing Voices
portlandhearingvoices@gmail.com
Portland, Oregon USA
413.210.2803