Employment Opportunities at DBSA

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading national organization focused on depression and bipolar disorder. Led by and created for individuals living with these conditions, DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people with mood disorders by providing free, scientifically based tools and information focused on an integrated approach to wellness; supporting research; and working toward equitable treatment for people with mental health conditions.

Depression and bipolar disorder affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them—online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, its chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through extensive online and print resources, nearly 650 support groups, and more than 250 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness. In 2015, DBSA programs and resources directly touched 3.4 million people. The board recently completed a 2017-2018 strategic plan that’s an adaptable, data-driven framework for achieving measurable outcomes within DBSA’s three strategic choices: Peer Focus—helping people who have mood disorders lead full, meaningful lives; Advocacy—influencing positive change in the way the world views mental health; and Organizational Effectiveness—fulfilling current commitments and overarching vision with impact, accountability, and integrity.

What Makes DBSA Unique

  • Peer-led: DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that they do. More than half of the DBSA staff and board members live with a mood disorder and all DBSA support groups are facilitated by peers.
  • Nationally recognized: DBSA is nationally recognized for peer specialist training services, mental health advocacy work, expansive network of peer support groups, and broad and deep first-person perspective on the lived experience of depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Innovative: DBSA provides leading-edge, interactive online resources.
  • Wellness-centered: DBSA informs, empowers, supports, and inspires individuals to achieve the lives they want to lead.


DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.


DBSA envisions wellness for people living with depression and bipolar disorder.

Key information

  • $3.1 million revenue in 2015
  • $2.7 million from contributions in 2015
  • 17 Full-time Staff

Director of Development

Scope of Role
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is seeking candidates for a Director of Development.  Reporting to the VP Development, this position manages a portfolio of prospects and carries out the institution’s program of soliciting major gifts. The Director establishes, cultivates and sustains relationships to secure over a million in funding from a diverse portfolio include foundation grant proposals and corporate sponsors as well as a frontline individual giving prospects.  Success will be measured using metrics such as number of: 1) LOIs and proposals submitted, 2) proposal assists made, 3) reports submitted on time, 4) revenue secured, and 5) prospect visits coordinated. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement all development activities concerning assigned prospects—i.e., cultivation and solicitation efforts, preparation of proposals, arranging for visits with prospective donors, etc. 
  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for new and previously identified foundation and corporate prospects, working in collaboration with colleagues to shape and implement strategies.
  • Participate actively in the identification of funding opportunities provided by private foundations to bring key, high priority initiatives to the attention of the Vice President.
  • Oversee grant process or sponsorship submissions. Create and maintain timeline of submission windows for institutional investors to ensure maximum opportunity for acceptance. Work with Finance to ensure timely and complete release of restricted funds.
  • Prepare documents such as letters of inquiry, grant requests, budgets, program work plans, and partnerships; in consultation with other departments to ensure that the proposals align with the mission of DBSA.
  • Monitor and evaluate progress toward goals, provide statistical reports, on an ongoing basis and as requested, and suggest/request appropriate research for individual/group, corporation and foundation prospects. 
  • As a representative of DBSA, travel to meet prospects on one’s own for effective, coordinated and efficient cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; on a regular basis up to 20% of the time.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of successful fundraising experience, specifically working with foundations
  • Familiarity with donor tracking software such as Raiser’s Edge
  • Demonstrated experience in raising gifts (gifts of $100,000 or more preferred)
  • Ability to work in teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to multi-task and provide support to team members with diverse work styles

Note: The requirements of this position are subject to change with or without prior notice.
Please send cover letter and resume to:  jobs@DBSAlliance.org
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Chapters and Program Intern

Scope of Role
The Chapter and Program Intern is an integral part of the Peer Engagement and Policy team and reports to Nareth Phin, Chapter Relations Manager.

The Chapters and Program Intern works full-time (37.5) hours per week during the summer months. The position is unpaid.

Duties & Responsibilities


Participant Survey Support  

  • Assist with the paper mailing preparation
  • Assist with chapter follow up, including phone reminders and explanation of directions
  • Enter manual responses, as needed
  • Pull and format chapter reports, based on provided template
  • Assist with analysis and reporting of overall and segmented data
  • Provide weekly check-in report as to the number of individual participants, including chapters represented

Admin and Outreach 

  • Assist with marketing outreach and administrative support of Chapter Regional Meetings
  • Fulfill requests for educational pamphlets
  • Assist with administrative duties as assigned


Program Development

  • The following duties may be assigned pending program availiability:
  • Conduct research and outreach related to marketing and promotion of any assigned programs, including correspondence via phone, email, fax, or physical mail
  • Assist with the development, implementation, and editing of webinars, podcasts, and written guides
  • Evaluate current resource materials (such as brochures) as assigned, research and make recommendations for updates


  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent computer skills including use of Word, Excel and other Office Suite programs, Internet and e-mail; experience managing databases
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Proven ability to pick up on systems and duties with minimal training
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, excellent telephone and interpersonal skills

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Nareth Phin at NPhin@DBSAlliance.org.