The Merage Foundations, a nonprofit consortium comprised of four grantmaking foundations and four operating foundations, is seeking to hire a Managing Director for The Equitas Project. Equitas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit operating foundation, is centered on the belief that disentangling the mental health and criminal justice systems will yield individual and community prosperity. It leverages its many strengths to convene law enforcement, the judicial system, and the mental health field leaders to craft interagency policy and practice solutions. Equitas promotes mental health awareness and champions laws, policies, and practices that prioritize improved population health outcomes, sensible use of resources, and the decriminalization of mental illness.
The ideal candidate is a strategic, entrepreneurial, forward thinking, and passionate leader with a sound understanding of the mental health-criminal justice crisis. and a proven track record inspiring collective action. They will be capable of effectively leading a broad national coalition of stakeholders from law enforcement, justice and mental health systems. Responsibilities will include spearheading a national public awareness campaign, directing the Equitas National Advisory Council, and managing a portfolio of innovative policy reform initiatives. The position will also be responsible for amplifying the organizational capacity, including the expansion of funding partnerships and project collaborations, and overseeing a Project Coordinator, interns and volunteers. The position will report to the Merage Foundations Vice President of Philanthropy and the Equitas Board of Directors.