The Mental Wellness Equity Center at Columbia Psychiatry/New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) is seeking an Associate Director to support its activities.

The newly established Mental Wellness Equity Center seeks to end mental health and substance use disorders disparities by introducing innovative solutions to ensure that clinically and culturally effective quality care is available, by addressing the social determinants of health driving disparities, and by promoting policies that create and sustain a scalable blueprint for our nation. The signature activity of the Mental Wellness Equity Center is Project Engage, a pilot program training lay personnel to deliver evidence-based interventions for mild/moderate mental health and substance use conditions. The program uses an innovative app to screen, triage, and guide delivery of the interventions, as well as support supervision and quality control. In the current phase, Project Engage is being implemented in partnership with 3 agencies in NYC across 5 different sites. Planning is underway to establish pathways toward program spread and scale, as well as ensuring financial sustainability of the initiative. With this pilot, the Center is capitalizing on the team’s expertise in implementation science while partnering closely with both community agencies and the New York State Office of Mental Health.

The Associate Director position will be a critical member of the Mental Wellness Equity Center’s team, and represents an exciting new position created to enable the expanding opportunities available through Project Engage. The Associate Director will provide key input around strategy and program development, lead project management, manage communications for the Center, and oversee research grant management. Applicants must have strong writing, digital, and project management skills, excellent communication skills, a high level of organization, and a commitment to the Center’s core mission of reducing disparities in mental health and substance use outcome. A successful applicant will possess excellent interpersonal skills and ability to adapt to changing conditions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Work with the rest of the Center’s leadership team to provide critical input to strategy and program development.
Lead project management including managing budgeting, tracking project progress, supporting communication within and across teams, and navigating challenges as they emerge.
Develop external-facing communications for the Mental Wellness Equity Center including work with internal resources and external vendors supporting the development of website, videos for diverse stakeholders, and branding.
Support other administrative staff in research grant applications
Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of work/professional experience in project management, program management, and/or operations.
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working within the mental health and/or substance use service system
RFMH employees may be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 depending on work location and must provide proof of vaccination. Individuals that are not vaccinated for COVID-19 are ineligible for appointment to positions that require vaccination. Fully vaccinated is defined as two (2) or more weeks since receiving either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the first and only dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

Work Location: 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

To Apply: Submit an application through our website at https://nyspi.applicantpro.com/jobs/. This position will be opened until filled. Please note- only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.