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 Community Worker Consultant Opportunity (Southern California)

Job description
DBSA is seeking two qualified Peer Specialists to support its Senior Strength Depression Initiative as Peer Community Workers. Drawing on his/her lived recovery experience, the Peer Community Workers will provide services to support patient use of wellness tools to older adults diagnosed with depression and receiving treatment through Providence St. Joseph Health/Facey Medical Group. The Peer Community Workers will primarily deliver services in patient homes and other community settings, and via phone, with some administrative hours spent at Facey’s Mission Hills Clinic site. These are time-limited (2+ years) grant-funded consultant positions, 15 hours/week contracted through DBSA.


  • Educate patients on project-associated wellness tools and the benefits of their use, using the Peer Community Worker’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 treatment 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
  • 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
  • Knowledge of community-based organizations and resources
  • 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 strongly preferred

Send cover letter and resume to: jobs@dbsalliance.org by 1/21/2019.

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 availability:
  • 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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