Mental Health America (MHA) is looking for a Program and Policy Analyst for its office in Alexandria, VA. We are considering a broad range of candidates for this position. MHA believes we must address mental illness before Stage 4. We promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated health, behavioral health and other services for those who need them, and recovery as a goal.
Please submit a resume, a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in mental health (why do you want to work at MHA?) AND your experience that directly relates to the skill set required by the job as outlined below, as well as two work samples (e.g. description of statistical analysis completed, infographic created).
Applications without a cover letter will NOT be considered.
Perform necessary research and statistical analysis, e.g. national survey data, MHA’s screening data, google analytics, literature reviews, environmental scans, and policy analysis
Manage MHA Screening database – which includes cleaning and analyzing large data files (over 2 million responses)
Support the MHA Policy and Programs team in synthesizing research on mental health science and policy
Support general development and implementation of MHA programs
Support written analyses and public education materials including social media and online materials
Provide technical assistance to MHA staff, affiliates, and stakeholders on MHA programs and policy initiatives
Please send cover letter/letter of interest and resume as well as two writing samples relevant to job description via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “Program and Policy Analyst” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls please. EOE.
Desired Skill Set
Demonstrated passion about mental health issues
Knowledge of or work with Mental Health America or one of MHA's Affiliates
A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in a substantive area related to national health or human service practice and/or policy
Strong familiarity with statistics and statistical tools (SPSS and Excel)
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Familiarity with creative tools (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, or Publisher)
Knowledge of website management
Practical experience developing and implementing advocacy and public education campaigns, including analyzing policies and creative writing
Awareness of major mental health and addiction public policy concerns and trends regarding health reform and evidence-based health care
Computer experience and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with diverse groups and individuals
Some travel required—mostly local, but occasionally overnight (less than 10%)
Mental Health America - founded in 1909 - is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to helping Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services,... and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.
As the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, MHA works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans. With nearly a century of experience, MHA has an established record of effective national and grassroots actions that promote mental health, and address mental and substance use issues with compassionate and concrete solutions. MHA’s actions inform, support and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Our 200+ affiliates in 41 states represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the nation.