Open Position: Outreach Specialist

About the Agency

NAMI Fox Valley is the Appleton, Wisconsin based affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, serving Outagamie, Calumet, Waupaca, and Northern Winnebago Counties. The agency works to support and empower everyone touched by mental illness, to eliminate stigma, and to nurture mental health recovery through support, education, outreach, and advocacy. We envision a community, free of stigma, that supports and promotes mental health and recovery.

Primary Responsibility & Accountability

The Outreach Specialist is responsible for helping to carry out the agency’s outreach programs, which provide mental health education throughout the community, including to school students and to the community at large. The Outreach Specialist reports directly to the agency’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

Schedule and Location

This is a 32-hour-per-week (typically Monday through Thursday), 9-month-per-year (September through May) position. There may be opportunity for a limited number of hours in June, July, and August if the individual wishes to work during those months. There may also be opportunity for this position to grow to a 40-hour-per-week position if the individual is interested in increased hours.

The majority of the individual’s weekly work schedule will be during business hours. Due to varying school and community presentation schedules, however, early morning and evening work will sometimes be required.

Many of the individual’s work hours will be spent traveling throughout our service area to deliver educational presentations at schools, businesses, and other locations. Other time will be spent working from NAMI Fox Valley’s Appleton office, though there may also be flexibility to work remotely.

Essential Position Duties
The essential position duties include the following, though other duties may be assigned:

  • Successfully present mental health education presentations throughout NAMI Fox Valley’s service area, including presentations to school students, service providers, and other audiences
  • Maintain positive professional relationships with school personnel and other participant representatives
  • Recruit, train, and oversee NAMI Fox Valley’s speakers bureau
  • Coordinate registration, preparation of materials, evaluations, and other administrative needs for outreach programs
  • Maintain accurate records of timelines, activities, and personnel needed to accomplish tasks
  • Collect demographic and program evaluation data
  • Ensure timely entry of data for purposes of tracking data and producing outcome reports
  • Process incoming volunteer applications, maintain volunteer files, and assist with volunteer orientation and management

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential position duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential position duties.

  • Deep understanding of and belief in the mission of NAMI Fox Valley
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Comfort presenting to a wide range of constituencies, including school children
  • Comfort troubleshooting technology needs at presentation venues
  • Professional behavior and presentation of self in internal and external communication and activities
  • Sound judgment and the ability to make reasonable decisions in the absence of direction
  • Self-motivated with a high ability to work independently
  • Ability to complete a high volume of varied responsibilities with excellent attention to detail and the belief that no task is too big or too small
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners and diverse populations
  • Ethical behavior, cultural awareness, and the ability to build trust and rapport in all activities involving individuals of diverse backgrounds
  • A positive attitude and a high level of emotional maturity
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google applications, and Zoom
  • Valid driver’s license, car, and adequate insurance required (mileage is reimbursed)

Compensation & Benefits

  • Starting wage of $18 per hour
  • Two weeks (64 hours) paid vacation annually
  • Paid holidays as announced annually (typically including business days between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, among other days)
  • Paid training as approved by the Executive Director


To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Maren Peterson, Executive Director, at by noon on Monday, August 15, 2022.


NAMI Fox Valley is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions at NAMI Fox Valley are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race; color; religion or belief; national, social or ethnic origin; sex; age; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity and/or expression; family or parental status. NAMI Fox Valley values diversity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.