Current Opportunities:

Job Announcement – Senior Programs Manager


The ideal person for this job has a passion for eliminating stigma and discrimination towards people who have mental health experiences, diagnoses, and/or challenges. This person should have four years of successful experience in supervision, program coordination, tracking, meeting contract requirements and program evaluation. Experience with budgeting is a plus. This person should enjoy working with peers within a team setting.  


The Senior Programs Manager is a part of the Leadership team and will manage the planning, outreach, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of mental health peer-led programs, including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Everyone Counts Campaign (Latino/a/x Campaign), Community Engagement/Outreach, and the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Program. The person in this position supervises staff, contractors, interns and volunteers.  The Senior Program Manager works closely with leadership team and reports to the Associate Director.

Programs Management:

  • Supervise and work closely with staff to evaluate the design, development, and implementation of all program/deliverable elements. In partnership with Program Coordinators, manage timeline and coordination of projects, programs, and staff.
  • Follow Results Based Accountability (RBA) and Prevention and Early Intervention, MHSA standards to manage the data and evaluation of assigned programs by analyzing data and reporting on program activities, including data collection, summary and analysis of program effectiveness.
  • Monitor costs for all program-related activities, ensuring appropriate tracking of budget items.
  • Sustain programs that hold high integrity of cultural foundation, including ethnicities, life experiences, gender(s), sexuality, socio-economic status, age, etc.
  • Stay abreast of the latest development in culturally appropriate recovery based mental health services and best practices approaches for reducing stigma and discrimination.

Staff Development and Supervision:

  • Supervise staff, contractors, interns, and volunteers; ensuring that high levels of performance standards are met
  • Manage and approve timesheets on time.
  • In close partnership with the Associate Director, identify and coordinate trainings for staff.  Promote the value of continuous learning and wellness throughout the organization through empowering strategies; including coaching, team building activities, trainings, and leadership opportunities.
  • Provides leadership to all agency staff; assists other managers to create an atmosphere of cooperation, connection, and support.  
  • Supports a work environment that focuses on wellness, cultural humility and high accountability to eliminate stigma and discrimination.

Community Relations and New Partnership Development:

  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with individuals and organizations that share a stake in the mental health community (consumers, family members, mental health providers and community at large).
  • Work closely with Executive Director to create strategies that expand our reach (local, state, national level) with a focus on building new partnerships through various strategies including grant writing and fund development efforts.


  • Experience as a mental health consumer and/or family member is at the core of our mission and vision. We are seeking someone who understands that we are a peer-run and operated organization that honors lived experience as an expertise in the field of mental health.
  • Exceptional leadership skill, ability to take initiative and work independently to meet organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully and from a strengths-based perspective with diverse populations.
  • Absolute commitment to confidentiality and discretion.
  • Excellent communication, administration, outreach/marketing, program management, and personnel management skills essential.
  • Advance level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator preferred.
  • Exceptional training, public speaking, presenting, and group facilitation skills.
  • The individual in this position will have skills equivalent to someone who possesses a Bachelor’s degree. The degree itself, though valued, is not required.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and car; driving to various meetings and events is required.


  • Program headquarters is a standard office setting on the second floor of a multi-story building, requiring use of an elevator for access.
  • Environment with diverse populations internally and externally, with community members routinely coming in for workshops or trainings.
  • Innovative organization founded and run by people with lived-experience with mental health, wellness and struggles, and special messages, with strong ties to the community.
  • Business operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, with some weekends and evenings.

Employment Status/Salary:  Full-time, Exempt (Annual Salary Range: $65,000 – $70,000)

To apply: Please complete ALL application steps to be considered for this position. This position will remain open until filled.

  • Submit a resume, cover letter, and supplemental questionnaire by e-mail to Lynn Rivas at Please include Senior Programs Manager as the subject line in the email.
  • Supplemental questionnaire:
    1. Do you identify as having lived mental health experience or do you have a family member with lived experience?
    2. What skills do you possess that would allow you to flourish in a mental health consumer-run peer organization?
    3. Briefly describe your experience managing programs and directly supervising staff.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties/assignments may be modified as needed.

PEERS is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity as central to our work serving underrepresented communities, and we encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. People of color, women, transgender people, LGBQI people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.