WA-AIMH Executive Director

Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time

Executive Director Opportunity

Washington Association for Infant Mental Health (WA-AIMH)

Posting Date: November 1, 2017
This position will be open until filled; early applications are encouraged.


The Board of Directors of the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health (WA-AIMH) is pleased to announce it is recruiting for the position of Executive Director. It’s an exciting time at WA-AIMH as demand for infant mental health training and endorsement increases and there is growing recognition regionally and nationally for support of the early childhood workforce. Our new leader will have the opportunity to build on our growing momentum and lead the organization into its next chapter as an important partner for early childhood development.  

The ideal candidate is a collaborative and reflective leader with an understanding of infant mental health and a passion for working on behalf of the healthy development of young children and their caregivers. We seek an independent and entrepreneurial leader with experience leading and managing within the unique complexities of small nonprofit organizations. Creativity, resourcefulness, and the ability to organize and inspire groups are key attributes for success in this position. 

About the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health

The Washington Association for Infant Mental Health (WA-AIMH) is a statewide organization that supports a vital interdisciplinary community of professionals and policymakers in order to promote the social and emotional well-being of young children and their parents and caregivers throughout Washington. Our vision is that all young children in Washington experience healthy development through nurturing relationships with one or more loving, capable, and consistent caregivers.

Our work focuses on raising awareness about the importance of the first three years of life and the role of primary caregiver/child relationships in supporting healthy infant and child development, as well as ensuring that the professionals who care for young children and families have the tools, support, education, and training they need to deliver high quality interventions.

WA-AIMH is a professional membership organization that draws from diverse disciplines, including health care, mental health, early intervention specialists, and social workers. We offer summits and conferences and advocate at the state level for investments and policy improvements for the field. Since the Spring of 2016, WA-AIMH has administered the IMH-E® Endorsement system for clinicians working within the infant mental health field. In doing so, WA-AIMH and Washington State join a league of 18 states that provide this model of endorsement.  WA-AIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. 

For more information about WA-AIMH, please visit the website at www.wa-aimh.org.

About the Position

The Executive Director leads a staff of two part-time and one full-time staff, manages a board of 8-11 members, oversees the financial health of the organization through fundraising, grantwriting, and fiscal management, and ensures the mission and programs of the organization are carried out with integrity and quality.  The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors. Key responsibilities include:

Leadership and Organizational Development

  • Provide overall ‘big-picture’ strategic leadership, vision, direction, and guidance for the organization
  • Develop and implement annual work plans, budgets and internal systems and processes needed to enable the organization to meet its strategic goals
  • Build and manage WA-AIMH financial resources, including developing a clear strategy for generating renewable sources of revenue to sustain operations for the long term
  • Cultivate, ask, and steward potential and existing major donors and funders including individuals, foundations, and corporations in support of WA-AIMH’s mission
  • Manage all human resources functions including hiring, supervising and professional development of staff, managing contract bookkeeper and grant writer, as well as other short-term contractors in association with grants

Program Development and Implementation

  • Oversee Program and Endorsement Director and the Program and Training manager in their work to develop and administer trainings and IMH-E® Endorsement system
  • Partner with staff in managing partnerships with the Department of Early Learning and the Department of Health to ensure contracts are executed with fidelity and quality and budgets/payments are accurate and timely
  • Ensure that WA-AIMH offers a robust membership program to support the professional development of the workforce and the development of the field of IECMH

Community Building and Community Relations

  • Forge, maintain, and enhance relationships and creative partnerships with WA-AIMH members, mental health agencies, early care and education, early intervention, and affiliated professionals across the state
  • Partner with the board to collaborate with and influence policy makers locally and in Olympia, while staying abreast of policy initiatives across the national network of state AIMHs and at the federal level
  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the organization and its mission, building awareness and support for the field across professional disciplines and with the public at large

Board Engagement and Development

  • Partner with the Board in strategic visioning and planning, including the development of a new strategic plan for 2018-2020
  • Partner with the board to expand board membership and WA-AIMH’s network of constituents to increase revenue and awareness of our work across the entire state of Washington
  • Provide the Board with information, counsel and tools as it grows and evolves its governance function

Ideal Experience

  • 5+ years of management experience at the executive leadership team level
  • Experience managing financials of a non-profit organization with a budget size of at least $500,000
  • Proven track record of success with fundraising, including cultivating and asking for gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Experience working with a board of directors
  • Knowledge of infant and early childhood mental health and closely related fields
  • Prior experience building capacity and growing an organization or program of significant scope
  • A bachelor’s degree, and ideally an advanced degree, in a related field

Ideal Qualities and Competencies

  • A passion for and dedication to the health and well-being of young children and their families
  • Strong speaking, listening, and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Ability to inspire and motivate a diverse community of practitioners and community partners, including those who work in underserved, safety-net communities
  • Long-term relationship builder and networker who can catalyze participation and investment from a wide array of partners
  • Familiarity with the relevant players and systems in Seattle and Olympia around early learning initiatives
  • Comfort with working independently as well as collaboratively with a small staff and board team
  • Willingness to “wear many hats” in a small organization with limited support staff

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time salaried position that offers a flexible work schedule, requiring a willingness to work some evenings and weekends. It includes occasional travel within and outside the state. The expected salary range is between $70,000-$90,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include paid time-off, and a stipend for health benefits.

How to Apply

Online applications through Recruiterbox only, please no email or paper submissions.  You will be asked to upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe, as specifically as you can, how your qualifications, experience, and interests are a fit with the goals and requirements of this position as described in this announcement.

This position will be open until filled; early applications are encouraged.  All applications will be acknowledged via an email receipt and will be held confidentially within the search committee. Consideration will be given to applications as soon as they are received, and interviewing will begin in late November.  WA-AIMH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

The search for this position is being facilitated by Clover Search Works, a search firm that provides a full range of search services to nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Clover Search Works is honored to work with WA-AIMH to recruit an Executive Director that will provide leadership to realize its important mission.

Questions regarding this opportunity are welcomed and can be directed to Julie Edsforth of Clover Search Works.  Email: julie@cloversearchworks.com Phone: 206-979-0514