Mental Health Peer-Centered Respite House seeks to hire a dynamic founding Executive Director (Vermont)

    Steven Morgan, who has authored a good number of my favorite posts on this blog, sent me this job description for a position for which an organization he is involved with is hiring.  

    It sounds like a dream program. A purely peer run non-medical, safe place for people in mental distress to go.


    Mental Health Peer-Centered Respite House seeks to hire a dynamic founding Executive Director.

    Alyssum Inc. is a new Vermont organization dedicated to providing a peer-governed, peer- operated, non-medical holistic approach to mental wellness and recovery for Vermonters who are experiencing emotional crisis. Alyssum is an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization that will provide a safe, mutually supportive, non-judgmental, educational and self-empowering environment at a respite guest house in the Central Vermont area.

    The Executive Director has the responsibility of carrying out the mission, policies and programs of Alyssum, as determined by the Board of Directors. This person will oversee ongoing operations of the organization as well as providing direct service and crisis intervention. The Executive Director will be responsible for the operations of a two-bed respite guest house operated by peers that affords individuals the opportunity to engage in the principles of wellness, recovery and peer support and to emerge from crisis with wisdom and the personal responsibility skills for living well. Initial funding for Alyssum will be in place. The Executive Director will be charged with maintaining a strong funding base into the future.

    Candidates should have personal experiential knowledge with the mental health system and lived experience as a mental-health peer. Administrative experience and work in a peer-centered organization are important.

    SALARY: Salary commensurate with qualifications within a range of
    $38,000 to $42,000.

    To apply online send a cover letter and resume with the subject line ED Search to or mail it to Alyssum, ED Search c/o Mad River Research, 164 White Pine Drive, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

    Search will continue until the position is filled.

    Alyssum, Incorporated
    A peer hosted alternative March 7, 2011

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