The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.
DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Though our extensive online and print resources and our more than 700 support groups, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.
DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.
Community—DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection.
Inspiration—DBSA celebrates peers’ accomplishments, including those of the many talented, successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.
Wisdom—DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide, timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices, and lived experiences.
Responsibility—DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone.
Scope of Role
The Communications Manager is responsible for managing and executing the design of DBSA communications including but not limited to print collateral, web and social media collateral, presentations and electronic communications tied to strategic and programmatic objectives. This position is an integral part of the DBSA Communications team, works closely with all departments and reports to the Director, Communications and Programs.
Duties & Responsibilities
These describe the general nature and level of work performed and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the DBSA Communications Manager.
Design and create DBSA organizational, Development/Fundraising, and program-specific presentations and collateral materials.
Create and manage DBSA’s presence on a variety of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Serve as the primary contact to make revisions and updates to the DBSA website.
Work with DBSA’s Communications and Programs Director to strategically enhance and expand utilization of DBSA’s extensive website assets.
Work with DBSA Chapter and Programs Teams to provide monthly updates on DBSA programs.
Work to expand content and use of DBSA print, radio, and video public service announcement library.
Serve as content manager for DBSA’s standard and specialty e-newsletters, including but not limited to e-newsletters for advocacy, training, and research.
Work with DBSA’s Communications and Programs Director to expand reach of, and engagement with DBSA e-newsletter.
Using the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other sources, keep all statistics for DBSA fact sheets, press kits, brochures, websites, and other collateral material updated and consistent across all communication platforms.
Develop and expand testimonial library.
Execute marketing and promotion strategies to drive attendance and awareness of DBSA special events and programs.
Execute marketing and promotion strategies to expand awareness of DBSA programs and services within the clinical community.
Manage DBSA annual advertising and exhibit initiatives.
Create and manage program-specific communication and promotional components.
Work with DBSA Chapters Teams to ensure brand integrity across DBSA chapters and state organizations.
Create and distribute media materials such as: press releases, press kits, fact sheets, b-roll and other education materials.
Gather information and prepare briefing materials for DBSA staff and chapter representatives for media interviews.
Use Meltwater News service to create national and local media lists and research specific media outlets.
Additional responsibilities as required
These recommended qualifications and related work experience are suggestive in nature only. They are not intended to limit or restrict association employees or applicants in any way. They are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. The requirements of this position are subject to change with or without prior notice.
Education and Professional Work Experience
A combination of education and experience providing the required skills and knowledge for successful performance of the position’s duties and responsibilities. Typical qualifications would be for the following:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in marketing, communications, media/public relations, business or related field.
Minimum of three years of professional marketing, communications, media and/or public relations experience.
Knowledge and Skills
Demonstrated success in expanding organizational/corporate brand and program awareness.
Experience managing cross-channel marketing, communication, and public relations strategies including, but not limited to, print and electronic newsletters, direct mail, advertising, and social media.
Graphic Design experience and working knowledge of WordPress, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and Google Analytics.
Knowledge of modern principles, practices and methods of communications, marketing, and public relations, as well production of publications required.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must. Writing samples will be required prior to/at interview.
Excellent project management skills required with the ability to prioritize and complete numerous projects in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
Extensive knowledge of social media best practices required.
Must work well both independently and as part of a team.
Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required.
Non-profit professional experience a plus.
Working knowledge of Raisers Edge, WYSIWYG-based website platforms a plus
Knowledge and understanding of mental health issues a plus.
Personal experience (self, family, or friend) with depression or bipolar disorder a strong plus.
Internal: Coordinates with all internal staff. Reports to the Director of Communications and Programs.
External: Works with all key stakeholder groups, DBSA constituents, national and local media, funders, mental health thought leaders, and researchers.
Up to $50,000 commensurate upon experience. (Health, Dental and Vision Insurance 100% covered.)
TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION:
Interested applicants should email their resume, cover letter and three writing samples by Monday, 12/17/18 to Kevin Einbinder at email@example.com
Please send resume, cover letter and 3 writing samples for consideration.
About Depression and Biploar Support Alliance
DBSA envisions wellness for people who live with depression and bipolar disorder. Because DBSA was created for and is led by individuals living with mood disorders, our vision, mission, and programming are always informed by the personal, lived experience of peers.