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Executive Director

MindFreedom International wants to hire an Executive Director.

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2018.

MindFreedom is a non-profit corporation and a network of affiliates and individual members that has been advocating for human rights and choice in the mental health system for 30 years.

In recent years, our efforts have been focused on two activities:

Helping people whose human rights are being violated through involuntary commitment to psychiatric treatment. We do this by participating in nonviolent demonstrations at the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association and by maintaining the MindFreedom Shield, a solidarity network of people who have committed to helping each other in the event they are involuntarily committed and forcibly treated.

Promoting and advocating for choice in the mental health system. Our main activity has been putting on conferences that promote the following alternatives to the standard psychiatric treatment:

In previous years, we have done the following:

Hunger Strike. In 2003 six members vowed not to take any solid food until the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and/or the Surgeon General of the United States presented scientific evidence that mental disorders are biologically-based illnesses, that psychotropic drugs correct chemical imbalances in the brain and that psychotropic drugs are not harmful to people. After 25 days, the group declared that adequate evidence had not been presented and ended the strike.

Mad Pride events. These include festivals, street theatre, demonstrations in front of the Drug Industry’s Association in Washington, DC and booths at carnivals.

Public information. This included publishing the MindFreedom Bulletin, occasional newsletters and maintaining an active and informative website – www.mindfreedom.org.

Lobbying and other efforts to influence public policy. This occurred at municipal, state and Federal levels.

Contributed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.

Trained various movement groups in community organizing, crisis prevention and leadership development.

The Job

We want to pay a person $30,000 for doing half-time (about 20 hours a week) work. The Executive Director will receive 20 days of paid time off, including vacation, sick leave and personal leave. The Executive Director will be entitled to all Federal holidays.

The person can work out of their home or their office. We would expect the person to visit our office in Eugene, Oregon at least three times a year.

As our income increases, we are open to negotiating with the Executive Director for increases in salary and benefits.


Following are the tasks for which we want the Executive Director to be responsible. We understand that some of these will be performed by employees who are hired by the Executive Director and volunteers, all of whom will be directed by the Executive Director.

It is understood that the Board may be actively involved in assisting with all of these responsibilities.


We want the Executive Director to have the following competencies:

Consumer/Survivors are encouraged to apply. MindFreedom is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please send a letter of interest and a resume by email to the following address: mindfreedomny@gmail.com. Please put “Application for MindFreedom Executive Director” in the subject line.