Program Coordinator - Children's Division

NAMI Ohio - Columbus, OH

The Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) Program Coordinator with the Children’s Division at NAMI Ohio is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and implementation of the NAMI Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) program and serves as a representative from NAMI Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) program to the external professional children and family mental health community. The NAMI Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC)Program Coordinator reports to the NAMI Ohio Children’s Division Director. This position also serves as a liaison between the NAMI Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) program and its funders. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure that the Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) program is dedicated to educating
  • and training parents experiencing the challenges as they navigate their way through various service
  • systems for their children.
  • Ensure that the Parent Advocacy Connection (PAC) program is dedicated to improving
  • services and systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
  • Prepare or assists in the preparation of grant requests and funding continuation
  • requests
  • Monitor and approve program expenditures and maintain records pertaining to program
  • activities
  • Write and maintain current program operational policies and procedures for key
  • programmatic activities
  • Supervise any approved program staff, volunteers and/or contractors associated with
  • the program
  • Train program participants, staff, volunteers and/or contractors associated with the
  • Schedule program work, oversee daily operations, coordinate activities of the
  • program and set priorities for managing the program
  • Collect and report data
  • Marketing and outreach to the community
  • Maintain subject matter expertise on topics associated with the program such as
  • system navigation for children receiving services from multiple sources (i.e., mental health,
  • schools, juvenile courts, developmental disabilities, and alcohol/drug addiction services agencies)
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of applicable state rules and regulations and stay up
  • to date with any legislative changes that can affect the operation of the program or those served
  • by the program
  • Develop and maintain mutual partnerships and collaborations within the statewide
  • community
  • Collaborate across other NAMI departments as well as with affiliates to further the
  • reach of programming
  • Attend trainings and present at trainings/conferences as requested
  • Successfully recruit, train and work with individuals looking to become a parent
  • advocate


  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking, strategic thinking and problem solving
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Excellent facilitation, program/activity management, and written and oral
  • communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and tasks oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage stress effectively
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Have a solid working knowledge of the child serving system of care (mental health,
  • substance abuse, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, family and children’s first councils, etc.)
  • Ability to be a vocal advocate for children and families involved in the mental
  • health systems
  • Grant and program management

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree
  •  Possess experience in family engagement, advocacy in youth-serving systems and/or,
  • peer support program development and implementation, and delivering training and providing
  • technical assistance.
  • High level of competency in software/platforms and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Model curiosity, flexibility, integrity and commitment to the NAMI mission, vision,
  • and values.


  • $45,000-$55,000 per year
  • Health benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Health Savings Account
  • Ongoing training and professional development

Send resume to:

1225 Dublin Rd. - Suite 125
Columbus, OH 43215