JOB OPENING: Program Manager for MHAC’s California Youth Empowerment Network

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Under the supervision of Mental Health America of California’s (MHAC’s) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the program manager will work in conjunction with the California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) Board and local level organizations that serve Transitional Age Youth (TAY) in areas of training, advocacy and events.

MHAC’s mission is to ensure that people of all ages, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity and people in protected classes who require mental health services and supports are able to live full

and productive lives, receive the mental health services and other services that they need, and are not denied any benefits, services, rights, or opportunities based on their need for mental

health services. CAYEN is a program of MHAC. Its mission is to empower TAY to create positive changes in mental health policy and service delivery, and to promote prevention and early intervention

activities to improve and maintain the mental health of TAY in all systems of care. The program manager will work in conjunction with the CAYEN Board and local level organizations. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide local and state-level advocacy for mental health policies which support TAY wellness;
  • Provide training and technical assistance to the local organizations to grow their capacity for ongoing advocacy efforts;
  • Conduct advocacy visits with local level advocates and local decision makers and outreach events to the TAY community;
  • Plan and implement TAY-led local and statewide events in collaboration with the local level partner organizations;
  • Attend MHSOAC Collaboration meetings;
  • Write a State of the Community report each year.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) and experience in program management or administration
  • Experience managing grant-funded projects
  • Experience in managing project budgets
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Experience working with TAY
  • Experience related to cultural competence and/or reducing disparities
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and communities
  • Experience engaging youth and young adults in policy discussions
  • Experience in Community mental health policy and understanding the impact of stigma
  • Experience in Legislative Advocacy and Governmental Relations
  • Ability to translate real-life issues and barriers to mental health services into policy recommendations and action plans
  • Experience working with community based organizations and volunteers
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
  • Must be willing and able to travel (funded by the project) throughout the state for organizing, meetings, and other activities and events
  •  Must be willing to work occasional weekends and evenings
  •  Knowledgeable in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint and Adobe.

The position is based in Sacramento, with flexibility to occasionally work remotely. Salary range is $60,000 – $70,000 a year, depending upon experience. Paid benefits.

TO APPLY: submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three references (with contact information). Send electronic copies to: with Subject: Program Director. Send hard copies to MHAC, 2110 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816-4921

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