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Development Director

The Development Director helps to create and implement a fundraising strategy for NAMI New Orleans and coordinates all aspects of the implementation of the NAMIWalks event for NAMI New Orleans, as outlined in the walk model provided by NAMI National. Interested candidates must supply both a cover letter and resume by email to Josh Maas at No phone calls or walk ins please.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Creates e-blast communications using Constant Contact, posters using Microsoft Publisher, and other print materials
  • Sends out mail and e-mail correspondences related to fundraising, development activities and the walk
  • Participates in and supports small fundraising events for the walk using Constant Contacts
  • Develops press releases
  • Communicates regularly with the National Walk Manager
  • Obtains sponsors through written, online, and personal requests
  • Recruits team captains and participants for the walk
  • Coordinates the walk information meeting and the team captain kick-off luncheon
  • Plans walk day activities and volunteers
  • Maintains NAMI New Orleans’ walk website and records
  • Develops media contacts and arranges radio and television appearances
  • Completes final accounting report for NAMI National
  • Oversees and coordinates the year-end giving campaign, the spring fundraising event, and the annual membership drive
  • Acts as the main public relations representative for NAMI New Orleans
  • Applies actively for grants
  • Develops and cultivates relationships with donors, sponsors, supporters, etc.


  • Social Poise.
  • Friendly, Outgoing Demeanor.
  • Excellent Oral and Written Communication Skills.
  • Attention to Detail.
  • Ethical Conduct.
  • Knowledge of Fundraising Techniques.
  • Proficiency in Grant Writing.
  • Proficiency in G-mail, Excel, Publisher, and Constant Contact.
  • Ability to Create Mail Merges and Use Basic Graphic Design for Posters, Mailings, Etc.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Work during some evenings and weekends is required for development and networking events.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Two years experience in fundraising.
  • Two years experience in grant writing.
  • Two years experience in graphic design, mail merge, Constant Contact, and Microsoft Publisher.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management, Financial Management, or a Business-Related Field
  • Four years experience in fundraising.
  • Four years experience in grant writing.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Valid Driver’s License

Part-Time Peer Support Specialists

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) New Orleans has several job openings available for part-time peer support specialists.  Submit resume to Josh Maas at or fax to Josh at 504-896-2240.  Call Josh at 504 896-2345 to arrange to complete an application.   To be considered, applicant must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED.  Applicant must have previous or current mental health treatment, be in recovery from a substance use disorder, and/or formerly homeless.  Must feel comfortable working with others who are trying to achieve mental health or substance use recovery and supporting and assisting them on their personal journey.  Must be certified as a peer support specialist or agree to receive the 2-week training sponsored by NAMI New Orleans.  Will also be required to become certified as a facilitator for various NAMI support and education programs.  Please indicate which program you are applying for.  You may apply for more than one.

  1. Peer Support Specialist for Homeless Assistance Program: NAMI New Orleans offers housing placement services to referred individuals who are homeless.  The homeless housing assistance program needs a peer support specialist on the team to work with homeless individuals to address recovery goals, attend recovery meetings and support groups, encourage participation and socialization at drop-in center, and to meet in the home or in the community regarding recovery and socialization activities.  Applicant must have reliable transportation and/or be able to proficiently use public transportation.  Must be able to document client meetings in an electronic heath record and maintain accurate progress notes (training provided).  Total hours are 15-20 per week.
  2. Peer Support Specialist for Hospital Discharge and Transition Program: NAMI New Orleans seeks 2 part-time peer support specialists at 20 hours per week for a Hospital Discharge and Transition Program to begin on October.  You will be working with a Behavioral Health Navigator who will be assisting individuals when they are discharged from inpatient hospitalizations for mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorder treatment.  The goal of the program is to assist individuals upon discharge to ensure they are connected to follow-up care at Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD) and NAMI New Orleans’ peer support groups and drop-in center activities.   Applicant must have reliable transportation and/or be able to proficiently use public transportation.  Work locations include NAMI New Orleans and Metropolitan Human Services District (MHSD).  Will work with the Behavioral Health Navigator, at Drop-In Center, and with MHSD staff under the direction and supervision of a NAMI New Orleans social worker.  Will be trained in offering support groups and must become certified as a peer support specialist.  Must be able to document client meetings in an electronic heath record and maintain accurate progress notes (training provided).

Clinical Manager – Licensed Mental Health Professional
Requirements: Masters degree in social work or counseling, or related field. Personal vehicle, auto insurance, clean driving record, valid Louisiana driver’s license, and experience working with homeless populations.

Reputable non-profit organization seeks a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Duties include conducting intakes with new housing referrals for the transitional shelter for women and trans individuals of all genders with chronic mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders, individual and group counseling, conducting behavioral health assessments, and community-based supportive services, as necessary. Case management experience with special needs populations required. Includes providing community-based services. Excellent organizational skills required.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Benefits include two weeks sick time, two weeks vacation, 10 paid holidays, mileage reimbursement, 401K after one year.



NAMI New Orleans accepts 1-2 interns a semester in the areas of social services, public health, communications, et. al. Opportunities best suited for undergraduate students. Internship must be part of school requirements. Those interested are welcome to contact Shannon at

At this time, the agency cannot provide internships for social work, counseling, or any other degree that requires specialized oversight or direct interaction with clients.


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