Employment Opportunities at DBSA

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which 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, our chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.

Through more than 700 support groups and nearly 300 chapters, DBSA reaches millions of people each year with in-person and online peer support; current, readily understandable information about depression and bipolar disorder; nationally-recognized peer support services training; and empowering tools focused on an integrated approach to wellness.

DBSA is led by and created for individuals living with a mood disorder, and that experience informs everything that we do.

1. Community—DBSA creates the opportunity for meaningful lives by compassionately engaging with individuals and providing peer-led support groups, educational materials, and wellness tools that focus on resiliency, achievement, creativity, and connection.

2. Inspiration—DBSA celebrates peers’ accomplishments, including those of the many talented, successful individuals recognized by the public for their contributions to the world.

3. Wisdom—DBSA advances learning through research and experience while promoting a transformative understanding of mental health through wide, timely dissemination of information about the latest treatments, wellness practices, and lived experiences.

4. Responsibility—DBSA advocates for the right of peers to choose their own paths to mental, emotional, and physical wellness while promoting structures and practices that advance whole health and accessible care for everyone.


Peer Specialist Workforce Development Program Manager

Scope of Role
This person will be familiar with the peer support concept, to supervise remote contractors implementing DBSA grants. This position is a unique opportunity for a certified peer specialist with supervisory experience to learn more about program development and administration while working for the largest peer-led nonprofit with a mission to support, educate, and advocate for individuals living with mood disorders. This position reports to the Vice President of Advocacy. In addition to supervising peer specialists in remote locations to implement grants that integrate the work of peer specialists into primary care, the manager will support the development department in identifying new strategic funding opportunities that promote the value of peer support services and become proficient in delivering DBSA’s premier peer specialist training course.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Directs supervision of peer support specialists working at grant sites to maintain high standards of conduct in their job performance
  • Assists HR in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring peer specialists to work in medical clinics supported by grants
  • Provides education and resources that support wellness self-management, self-determination, and self-advocacy
  • Communicates frequently with grant program manager/team regarding any updates and or programs changes
  • Manages DBSA peer specialist training contracts and becomes proficient in delivering 40-hour DBSA peer specialist training
  • Assists with program growth through development of grant proposals
  • Keeps abreast of new trends and changes in the development of the peer specialist workforce in both federal, and state government policies and commercial insurance
  • Represents DBSA at federal, state, and county agency meetings
  • Maintains and protects confidential nature of all matters related to this position
  • Position requires 10% to 15% travel


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
  • Peer Specialist or Recovery Support Specialist certification
  • Ability to role model and convey a message of hope and wellness for people living with a mood disorder
  • Two years of mental health direct care experience in delivering peer support services
  • Experience in delivering workshops to peers in a learning environment
  • Experience documenting medical records in a client management tracking system
  • Ability to communicate/coordinate internally and externally in a professional, timely and constructive manner
  • Ability to be intuitive and work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient in basic office computer skills

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time position with benefits including health, dental, vision, disability, 401K and life insurance. Salary range is mid-40s, depending on qualifications. Position will primarily work standard hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., flexible start/end times possible.

Please direct resumes and cover letter* to: DBSA, E-mail: (preferred) jobs@DBSAlliance.org. *In your cover letter, please address why you are interested in working for DBSA, as well as your experience in providing peer support services. Please include Peer Specialist Workforce Development Program Manager in the subject line of your email.

Providence St. Joseph Health & Services Peer Community Worker Job

Scope of Role
Drawing on his/her lived recovery experience, the Peer Community Worker will provide services to support patient use of wellness tools to older adults diagnosed with depression and receiving treatment through Providence St. Joseph Health & Services, Southern California at its Mission Hills Clinic. Services will be provided as part of a multi-year project to implement peer support services in collaborative care and measure the effects of those services on treatment outcomes. The Peer Community Worker will primarily deliver services in patient homes and other community settings, and via phone, with some administrative hours spent at the Mission Hills clinic. This is a time-limited (2+ years) grant-funded consultant position, up to 30 hours/week contracted through DBSA.


  • Educate patients on project-associated wellness tools and the benefits of their use, using the Peer Specialist Consultant’s lived experience as appropriate
  • Provide ongoing support to patients in using wellness tool(s) of their choice and maintaining participation in prescribed treatment
  • Enter notes and data into patient records and funder registry
  • Participate in regular supervisory and team meetings and other meetings associated with funded project administration
  • Submit regular invoices to DBSA documenting consultant hours worked during the designated period and according to instructions provided by DBSA

Candidates must meet the following qualifications to be considered for this position:

  • Has achieved a long term, stable recovery from a mental health condition and can articulate their experiences and process related to achieving and maintaining that recovery
  • Positively demonstrates health and wellness in a manner that embraces the guiding principles of recovery
  • Knowledge of community-based organizations and resources
  • Holds a certificate of completion from a recognized peer specialist training program
  • Able to document a minimum of two years’ experience in providing peer support services (employed or volunteer) within the last 5 years
  • Experienced in use of phone and computer technology
  • Ability to work independently in a non-traditional setting
  • Valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and regular access to a vehicle
  • Spanish language fluency preferred

Please send resumes and cover letters to Jobs@DBSAlliance.org by August 3, 2018.

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Google Analytics Intern/Volunteer

Scope of Role
Are you passionate about Google Analytics and mental health? Do you love digging through conversion rates and tags? If so, then help us optimize our website with Google Analytics. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is looking for an Intern/Volunteer to drive website intelligence and improve our online presence. The intern will be expected to assist in monitoring website performance, trends, and campaigns, generate reports, and update pages for site optimization.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Monitor website performance, trends, and campaigns using Google Analytics
  • Assist in web metrics reporting by creating and generating reports
  • Support website optimization
  • Posting page updates, including meta keyword tags, header tags, and alt tags
  • Support Site Map creation 


  • 1-5 years’ experience using, optimizing, and reporting with Google Analytics
  • Ability to analyze traffic and find opportunities and insights 
  • Clear understanding of words, phrases, and industry metrics which highlight our unique value proposition, and set us apart from the competition
  • SEO experience a plus
  • Previous experience with Google AdWords a plus
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

Duration: Minimum 15-20 hours per week required for the duration of the internship (3-4 months). Ideal candidates are available to work out of our Chicago office (Monday through Friday), though there’s a possibility of some work done remotely.

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to webmaster@dbsalliance.org with "Google Analytics Intern" in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.

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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.

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