Executive Director & Lobbyist

13 Oct, 2020


Executive Director & Lobbyist

Alliance of Mental Health Providers of Oklahoma
Full Job Description

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors – Alliance of Mental Health Providers of Oklahoma

BACKGROUND: The Alliance of Mental Health Providers of Oklahoma, Inc., is a new membership-based advocacy organization that is launching this year. The ALLIANCE is seeking an experienced Executive Director to provide leadership for public policy and advocacy work, working collaboratively with a Board of Directors and members. This position will develop and launch the organization and its advocacy efforts to provide a strong voice at the State Capitol on behalf of its members and mission.

FUNCTION: Serves as administrative leader and chief lobbyist of the ALLIANCE under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director has the full authority and responsibility for managing the organization and its programs within the established guidelines. The ED also is responsible for all administrative, program and advocacy responsibilities outlined below as well as all other duties as required. This position serves to collaborate with and mobilize the voices of mental health and addiction providers and other supporters of mental health and addiction policies. Ensure that the priorities of the organization are well-represented (executed) at the legislative, and gubernatorial levels.


Board Governance

1. Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

2. Work with board to fulfill the organization mission. Responsible for leading the ALLIANCE in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.

3. Facilitate regular board meetings and distribute minutes and financial reports.

4. Respond in a timely fashion to all board requests for information

5. Make legislative advocacy priority recommendations to the board and members annually

6. Other duties as assigned

Organization Mission & Strategy

1. Work with the board to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through legislative advocacy, programs, strategic planning, and member outreach.

2. Organize and participate in coalitions of multiple organizations working to advance interests that align with the mission of the ALLIANCE

3. Maintain national relationships and member benefits including the National Council of Behavioral Health

Financial Performance and Viability

1. Develop resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

2. Responsible for membership development and retention, dues collection as well as fundraising to have revenues necessary to support ALLIANCE mission.

3. Responsible for the fiscal integrity of ALLIANCE to include submission to the board a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.

Oversee Advocacy, Legislative and Lobbying Activities

A. Develop a broad network and engage in relationship building to advance policy goals

1. Organize statewide grassroots efforts and legislative outreach to educate and impact public officials.

2. Advise members on how to engage and mobilize their staff and boards on key policy issues

3. Maintain relationships and collaborate with members, partner organizations, coalitions, foundations throughout the state to advance policy goals. The director will represent ALLIANCE on broader coalitions and taskforces.

4. Build and maintain strong productive relationships with elected officials, their representatives, and staff, as well as the Governor’s Office and state agency staff.

5. Represent ALLIANCE before policy makers. Focus on active engagement and involvement of members who are impacted by the issue at hand.

6. Maintain non-partisanship with respect to candidates, incumbents, political parties and public events.

B. Identify and articulate ALLIANCE ’s policy priorities and legislative agenda that will support mental health and substance abuse treatment

1. Represent the policy positions of the ALLIANCE as a lobbyist on state legislative and state agency issues

2. Manage a part-time lobbyist’s contract and direct lobbyist activities;

3. Provide information to members on risks and opportunities in policy landscape; anticipate issues and provide analysis directly relevant to current and future strategy.

4. Convene ALLIANCE members to coordinate activities and build consensus on key issues and tap their expertise to inform ALLIANCE’s policy development

5. Propose legislation that mitigate risks or proactively advances mental health and substance abuse treatment

6. Advocate for the ALLIANCE’s policy priorities at the state level through the development of policy briefs and alerts, testimony for hearings, outreach to and involvement of members, and direct advocacy to the state legislature and the administration.

7. Review and track proposed legislation that intersects with ALLIANCE’s policy priorities.

8. Educate legislators and other policymakers regarding the scope and impact of the mental health and substance abuse sector in Oklahoma

9. Coordinate special events such as Legislative Receptions.

10. Organize and lead Policy Advisory Calls

Membership Engagement

1. Develop and work with board and members to recruit additional members.

2. Frequently engage members to advance their involvement as critical stakeholders.

3. Solicit, respond, and manage members’ public policy concerns and needs as they arise.

4. Work with the board to create meaningful, purposeful membership meeting agendas.

5. Schedule and plan regular membership meetings that are meaningful.

6. Respond in a timely fashion to members.

Public Policy Communications

1. Ensure and direct the production of web content, social media, membership newsletter, annual report, and all other communication items, as necessary. Coordinate marketing activities.

2. Frequently communicate real-time policy updates, legislative updates and State Capitol news with board and membership, including electronic policy updates, legislative alerts, position statements and research reports for members and other key stakeholders.

3. Respond to requests for information from Broad of Directors members, members, nonprofits, policymakers, and stakeholders.

Provide supervision of other staff when needed

Perform other duties as assigned


· Bachelor’s Degree

· 2-5 years relevant and progressively responsible work experience in public policy or advocacy,

· Public speaking and presentation skills, as well as strong written communication skills

· Self-starter and self-motivated to build an organization from the ground up

· Management experience with fiscal accountability required

· Maintains professional and positive demeanor to board, members, prospective members, and donors

· Proven planning and Experience working with a Board of Directors

· Demonstrates effective negotiation and collaboration skills

· Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation

· High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to communicate a vision of AMHP strategic future

· Possess analytical skills to evaluate complex situations and recommend next steps/solutions

· Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector

· Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers

· Shows evidence of support of the policies and mission

· Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy

· Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $60,000.00 – $80,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
This position is fully work-from-home, but would require daily visits to the Oklahoma State Capitol during the annual state legislative session, February-May, and occasional in-person meetings during other times of the year.

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote
  • On the road

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Job posted: 2020-10-13