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Events and Fundraising Coordinator

NAMI Vermont is seeking an Events and Fundraising Coordinator to manage NAMI Vermont’s special events and fundraising efforts. Duties include planning the annual conference, coordinating special fundraising events, and interacting with potential, current, and former donors to encourage ongoing financial support of NAMI Vermont. This is a permanent, full-time position working in-person at the Williston office. This position reports to the NAMI Vermont Executive Director.

Salary Range: $42,000–$48,000 a year

Special Events

  • Manage NAMI Vermont’s annual Pathways to Wellness Conference and NAMIWalks.
  • Monitor and evaluate events to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Organize sponsorships and donations for events.
  • Cultivate relationships for continued support and involvement.
  • Coordinate logistics with vendors, speakers, entertainment, etc.
  • Communicate with participants to ensure events are successful.
  • Coordinate, direct, and support volunteers for events.
  • Serve as the staff liaison or the NAMI Vermont Events Committee.


  • Develop and implement fundraising events.
  • Organize and implement the annual appeal fundraising campaign.
  • Monitor and evaluate fundraising activities to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Identify, foster, and maintain relationships with prospective donors in support of the organization’s fundraising priorities.
  • Cultivate long-term relationships with existing donors, including major gift donors.


  • Build an annual grant calendar based on budget needs.
  • Develop and execute a strategy for identifying potential grants, foundations, and corporate donors.
  • Solicit, prepare, and submit appropriate grant applications.
  • Maintain complete grant records and oversee reporting requirements.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of successful event planning and fundraising practices and principles.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, Google products, and WordPress.
  • Experience with and/or aptitude for outreach to foundations, corporations, and individuals.
  • Experience with grant writing (or willingness to learn).
  • Strong public speaking, interpersonal communication, and public relations skills.
  • Experience working with volunteers, committees, and community leaders.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a  team with a high regard for accountability and outcomes.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to manage multiple long-term priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to mental health services and programs a plus!
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or 3-5 years of related experience organizing and managing successful fundraising campaigns and public awareness events.

Work Environment

  • Must have access to a personal vehicle and hold a valid operator’s license.
  • Ability to travel in-state (mileage reimbursed).
  • Available for occasional evening and/or weekend events (meetings and trainings).
  • Employer-paid opportunities for ongoing professional development.
  • Ability to work at the Williston, Vermont office.


  • Paid holidays and generous accrued paid time off.
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance available.
  • Wellness program.
  • Employee assistance program.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Laurie Emerson at [email protected].

Presentation Coordinator (ETS & IOOV) 

(This position is partially funded by grants approved by the Vermont Community Foundation in October 2021 and September 2022.) 

The Presentation Coordinator oversees the expansion and implementation of two of NAMI Vermont’s NAMI Signature Programs: Ending the Silence (ETS) and In Our Own Voice (IOOV).  The position is responsible for increasing the number of annual presentations for both programs in Vermont and expanding the audience for the ETS Program to include school staff and families.  Some travel is required within the state to attend presentations, trainings, or other activities as needed. This is a temporary, full-time (40 hours/week) position. This position reports to the NAMI Vermont Executive Director. 

Salary Range: $39,000–$45,000 a year

Background Information

Ending the Silence Programs (ETS)

  • Ending the Silence for Students is a 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students that includes mental health and suicide warning signs, facts and statistics, and how to get help for themselves or a friend. Research has shown that NAMI Ending the Silence is effective in changing middle and high school students’ knowledge and attitudes toward mental health conditions and toward seeking help. The presentation is given by two trained presenters: one who facilitates discussion and provides educational information with a power point presentation and videos, and a young adult “peer” with a mental health condition who shares their journey of recovery and inspires others to seek help and support one another. 
  • Ending the Silence for Families is a 1-hour presentation for adults with middle or high school aged youth that includes warning signs, facts and statistics, how to talk with your child, and how to work with school staff. 
  • Ending the Silence for School Staff is a 1-hour presentation for school staff that includes information about warning signs, facts and statistics, how to approach students, and how to work with families.

In Our Own Voice Program (IOOV)

  • In Our Own Voice is a 60-90 minute educational and recovery-oriented presentation given by two trained presenters who are living full and productive lives while personally overcoming the challenges of their mental health condition. This program provides communities and organizations with practical, useful information about mental health that changes perceptions and reduces stigma while creating an open dialogue about what it means to live with mental illness. 

Key Roles/Responsibilities: 

  • Outreach to recruit new presenters for both programs. 
  • Schedule and coordinate trainings for new presenters. 
  • Coach new presenters throughout the process. 
  • Ensure fidelity to each program’s model. 
  • Collect and report data. 
  • Schedule ETS presentations with middle and high school administrators, health educators, and school nurses throughout Vermont. 
  • Schedule IOOV presentations with employers, hospitals (nurses and doctors), police chiefs, the Vermont Police Academy, first responder organizations, mental health organizations, faith communities, and agencies interested in learning about mental illness. 
  • Create partnerships with community organizations who provide similar programs/services to support and align work. 
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications Coordinator to advertise and market the programs and trainings (e.g.: television, print and online ads in newspapers, radio ads, paper flyers, social media ads, earned media, direct outreach, and through partner organizations.) 
  • Work with students and teachers to develop innovative projects to continue mental health engagement after an ETS presentation. 
  • Share successes, positive responses and/or difficult situations with NAMI Vermont Executive Director and/or NAMI National Program Manager. 


  • Four-year degree in relevant field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience. 
  • A minimum of three additional years of work experience in an advocacy and/or health-related organization as an educator, trainer, volunteer leader or program coordinator planning and facilitating educational offerings based on targeted constituents. 
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Solid computer skills (particularly MS Office Suite and Gmail) 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Knowledge of and commitment to mental health services and issues. 
  • Experience working with volunteers. 
  • Ability to work with diverse learning and communication styles. 

Work Environment 

  • Must have access to a personal vehicle and hold a valid operator’s license. 
  • Ability to travel in-state (mileage reimbursed.) 
  • Available for occasional evening and/or weekend events (meetings and trainings.) 
  • Employer-paid opportunities for ongoing professional development. 
  • Ability to work at the Williston, Vermont office. 


  • Paid holidays and generous accrued paid time off. 
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance available. 
  • Wellness program. 
  • Employee assistance program. 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Laurie Emerson at [email protected].

There are no open positions at this time.

Volunteers are the backbone of NAMI Vermont. Volunteers serve on our board and committees, help plan and run our events, advocate, share lived experience and train to become support group facilitators or program presenters.

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