Executive Director of Mental Health Board

- Administration, Employment


Department: N/A

Reports to: Mental Health Board

Status: Full-Time – Exempt Employee

Salary: $70,000-Experience based

Position Overview

Under the guidance of the Mental Health Board (MHB), this role requires a dynamic leader who builds strong working relationships with community partners to maximize the impact of mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder services for Schaumburg Township residents. The Executive Director advises and assists the MHB in carrying out its statutory responsibilities and is accountable for the MHB’s overall mission and its leadership in mental health, developmental disability, and substance use disorder services in Schaumburg Township. The fundamental responsibilities are to implement and administer the plans and policies of the MHB and manage its day-to-day activities. They serve as the MHB’s liaison to governing authorities and funded agencies and must effectively collaborate to design a system of care that meets the needs of Schaumburg Township residents.

Essential Job Functions

  • Demonstrate leadership abilities, including initiative, and ability to work independently, with teams, and train MHB members. Completes projects under time constraints.
  • Communicate effectively with the MHB in all meetings and provide timely and accurate information and data necessary for the MHB to function at a high level and to make informed decisions.
  • Review and evaluate the MHB’s mission and strategic plans, including coordination of periodic needs assessments.
  • Maintain written one- and three-year plans for the MHB.
  • Prepare, present, and publish annual MHB budgets and reports by compiling monthly and annual statistics of services provided.
  • Develop and participate in marketing and communication plans.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of federal and state laws regarding mental health, funding, substance use, and developmental disability-related services.
  • Review funding applications received by the MHB and participate in the development of recommendations for the consideration of the MHB.
  • Administer contracts maintained by the MHB, including allocation and accountability monitoring of taxpayer funds, providing various statistics of services reported by funded service providers.
  • Represent the MHB at outside functions and other meetings (in person or remote), to foster partnerships among community stakeholders, including Township departments, as requested. These meetings may include travel outside of the Chicago area.

Hours: Full-time flexible, Monday through Friday, in-office/hybrid schedule as approved by the MHB. In addition, special events in the evening or weekend hours.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Works well in a government setting and understands the Community Mental Health Act, Open Meetings Acts, Robert’s Rules of Order, Freedom of Information Act, and confidentiality expectations.
  • Awareness of agencies providing services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders in the community.
  • Effective and collaborative problem-solving skills.
  • Working knowledge of administrative principles and practices.
  • Expertise in planning and administering budgets, with familiarity with accounting software.
  • Ability to represent the MHB positively and effectively to the public.
  • Commitment to continued professional development and involvement with relevant organizations.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree preferred in a field related to mental health, business administration, healthcare administration, or public administration.
  • At least five years’ experience in a behavioral health and/or leadership setting.
  • Experience working with public boards is an added advantage.

Special Requirements

  • Demonstrate leadership abilities including initiative, ability to work independently, and effectively,
    particularly in emergency situations.
  • Ability to maintain the privacy of sensitive information.
  • Illinois Open Meetings Act yearly certification (not required prior to starting).
  • Talent to work well with people from all backgrounds.
  • Capability to effectively manage and complete projects simultaneously, under tight time constraints.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, use repetitive motion, type, and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle and feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to bend, climb stairs, and reach overheads. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.

Working Conditions

  • This position is primarily performed indoors; however, it may require contact with outdoor weather at special or planned programming events.
  • Contact with moderate noise levels may be experienced during normal working hours and special activities of the MHB.
  • It may require off-site training that may have other conditions not listed here.
  • Able to work directly with diverse vendors and manage conflict.


  • This position is scheduled for 40 hours per week in a hybrid schedule as necessary. The Mental Health Board offers a generous benefits package including paid time off, major medical, dental, vision, life, and IMRF retirement.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions regarding this overview, please email us an updated resume & cover letter directly to the Township’s HR department at llizcano@schaumburgtownship.org