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Job Opportunity: Executive Director, California Clubhouse

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San Mateo County, California
The Opportunity
An estimated 44,000 people in San Mateo County struggle with serious mental illness – with roughly 19,000 participating in San Mateo’s Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) programs. Because of their illness, many live challenging lives as they struggle to stay out of hospitals, jails, homeless shelters, and morgues. Some move from job to job as their illness flares up and leads to one crisis after another. Far too many become outcasts – unable to sustain education, employment and relationships. Patients suffering from an acute psychiatric emergency can be admitted to a hospital—even against their will. But once they are stabilized and released, what next?  San Mateo County has a wide range of excellent mental health support services, which serve as a model for other counties across the state, however there are no current programs in San Mateo County that help individuals rebuild their lives by providing consistent pathways to opportunity and progress. California Clubhouse will fill this critical gap.
Based on a belief that everyone can sufficiently recover and lead better lives, California Clubhouse is a community-based organization, currently located in San Mateo, where people with mental illness can go every day during business hours to work on overcoming the obstacles they face. We offer support, training, education, healthy social interaction and positive reinforcement through collegial relationships and work. Membership in the Clubhouse is free for life. Participants – who are called members, not patients or consumers – share ownership and responsibility for the success of the organization. They work and socialize in a unique partnership with a small staff, building on strengths instead of focusing on illness. This community–based approach complements the available psychiatric treatment. California Clubhouse provides a variety of structured vocational rehabilitation opportunities for members. While helping to run the clubhouse, members learn, practice, and polish new and existing job skills that will help them become successful employees. The skills they acquire or enhance while working at the Clubhouse can be readily applied to a variety of outside work environments. The vocational program also provides members with the support, training, and access they need to secure independent paid employment. Clubhouses model the work environment of the local business community and keep similar hours.  In our case the Clubhouse will be open eight hours a day, five days a week. In keeping with the balanced-life model, Clubhouses also offer an evening, weekend, and holiday social program.
Joining a Network of Entrepreneurial Leaders
The Executive Director of California Clubhouse will join a thriving network of clubhouse leaders and members who are creating hope and opportunity globally for those recovering from severe mental illness. There are currently 330 Clubhouses in 33 countries serving over 100,000 people. The network provides access to best practices, standards, and an ongoing culture of innovation. The Clubhouse model is widely supported for its unique and effective model with endorsements by major institutions such as SAMSHA, the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and most recently, the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Award Foundation. There are already two accredited Clubhouses in California: The Meeting Place in San Diego and Putnam Clubhouse in Concord. Both will be strong allies in building a model Clubhouse for San Mateo County and for others in the state who want to bring Clubhouse to their communities.
The Position
The Executive Director works in close partnership with the Program Director, other staff, the Board of Directors, community partners, and Clubhouse members to achieve the mission and goals of the organization. The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the agency and the operations of California Clubhouse, including administration, finances, HR, public relations, fundraising, program development, marketing, and evaluation.
Core Responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
  • Build and maintain relationships with funders, partners, and the community at large.
  • Oversee business operations of the Clubhouse.
  • Prepare for and attend Executive Committee meetings, Board meetings, and other Board-related meetings.
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise Clubhouse staff (as needed)
  • Manage the annual budget development, track financial progress, and oversee fiscal activities of the Clubhouse including contracts.
  • Assist in developing Transitional Employment positions and employer relations.
  • Provide all required reports and information to government and funding organizations.
  • Oversee related data collection and evaluation.
  • Stay informed about issues in the general community relevant to the mission and operations of the Clubhouse.
  • Learn, implement, and uphold Clubhouse International Standards and culture.
  • Participate with members and staff in a collaborative, consensus driven decision-making process.
  • Available to work some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.
  • Reports to the Board of Directors.
Desired Qualities
  • A positive, outgoing, and dynamic personality.
  • Understand and be committed to the Clubhouse International Model and the underlying values and principles.
  • Flexible, considerate, patient, and tactful; kind heart and a ready sense of humor.
  • Results-oriented self-starter; organized and able to thrive in a dynamic, multi-task environment. 
  • Available to attend off-site conferences, Clubhouse International seminars and conferences; and Clubhouse International Director’s Training and other relevant trainings.
  • Non-profit leadership experience including experience in fundraising, board engagement, operations, financial management, public relations and public advocacy.
  • Entrepreneurial leader with the ability to foster positive culture and work collaboratively with a diverse group of people.
  • A Bachelors degree in human services, psychology, social work, public administration, or related field preferred.
  • At least three years of experience working with adults with mental illness or demonstrated passion for helping people with mental illness succeed.
  • Education and/or work experience in vocational rehabilitation.
  • A strong work ethic and able to work flexible hours.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skill including the ability to effectively communicate in a variety of formats and venues, such as one-on-one and groups, both casual and formal; in-person and digitally.  
  • High degree of emotional intelligence, including the ability to communicate with people who may be experiencing a thought disorder.  
  • Proficiency in PC and Mac office software applications and Information System infrastructure; high level of computer competency.
  • An in-depth understanding and interest in the field of mental illness.
  • Bilingual ability and previous Clubhouse International experience is a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off and medical benefits.
For Consideration: Please send your résumé and a cover letter that articulates your interest, qualifications and salary requirements for this position to: Susannah Sallin, Search Consultant,
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