REPORTS TO: Director of Programs
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
is the nation's largest patient-directed, illness-specific organization.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, DBSA has
a nationwide grassroots network of chapters and support groups.
It is governed by a 15-member board of directors and guided by
a 65-member Scientific Advisory Board composed of the leading
researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders.
DBSAs mission is to improve the lives of
people living with mood disorders by:
· Improving recognition, early detection, and diagnosis
of mood disorders as treatable medical illnesses
· Helping people successfully manage their disease
· Working with people with mood disorders, families and
health care professionals to improve care
· Expanding the ability of people to receive treatment
· Advancing research to improve mood disorder treatment
· Increasing acceptance and understanding of mood disorders
so that the rights of people with mood disorders are protected
OUR CORE VALUES
Working for DBSA is not just a job we touch
lives every day. Employees should strive to achieve and fulfill
the following values every day:
§ Having a commitment to our mission statement.
§ Meeting the elements of our mission by identifying the
needs of our constituents through active listening and observation.
§ Serving the needs of our constituents, especially their
need for compassionate, prompt and confidential response.
§ Being an active partner with consumers and within the mental
health care advocacy community.
§ Operating with the highest ethical standards in business
§ Honoring our supporters' trust by allocating all contributions
prudently and efficiently, regardless of size.
§ Approaching our jobs with a strong work ethic; addressing
all opportunities with enthusiasm and professionalism, while embracing
risk taking, adapting to change and using our creativity to achieve
§ Working as a team. We will reach our goals only if we value
the contributions of our fellow employees and respect the efforts
of everyone on our team.
§ Fostering a work environment that supports, respects and
encourages diversity and free expression of ideas.
§ Recognizing the need for personal growth and making work
The web/IT intern will assist with the maintenance
of DBSAs website and assist with the implementation of and
future enhancements that are designed to increase site functionality.
The intern will also utilize specific strategies to enhance website
traffic and increase contact with DBSA constituents, including
seeking out and coordinating logical web links and maintaining
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Assist with the re-launch of DBSAs
website to make it more user-friendly and to fully utilize DBSAs
new website platform and tools
· Update and maintain DBSA electronic constituent database
and synchronization with off-line DBSA CRM databases
· Assist with ongoing maintenance and revisions to website
content, navigation and graphics
· Monitor and maintain standards and quality throughout
DBSAs 600+ page website so that all information is accurate
and easily accessible
· Work with the Director of Programs to implement targeted
department-specific website programming needs
· Work with e-marketing software to build html/plain text
· Research and implement strategies to increase web traffic
to the DBSA webite through multiple methods, including seeking
out and coordinate logical links from other sites to DBSAs
· Potentially interact with outside service providers to
enhance and maintain DBSAs position on search engines
These describe the general nature and level of
work performed and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list
of all duties that may be performed by a person in this position.
Internal: Report to the Director of Programs and work with DBSA
staff on a variety of projects.
External: Interact with DBSA Web host and IT consultants.
Education/Experience: Any combination of education
or experience providing the required skills and knowledge for
successful performance would qualify. Typical qualifications include:
1. Two years IT or related educational experience
2. Successful web design experience
3. Experience working in both html and WYSIWYG environments
4. Superior Computer skills, including strong Microsoft Word and
5. Experience with CRM databases a plus
6. Personal experience with depression or bipolar disorder preferred
but not necessary
Knowledge: Modern principles, practices
and methods of web design and maintenance.
Skills: Strong technological web-based
skills are a requirement. Must be able to work effectively with
others in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment. Healthy self-esteem,
an open-minded attitude, and ability to exhibit patience and flexibility.
Excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work well
under pressure required.
This is a full time non-paying internship located
in Chicago, IL. Preferably 4-6 month commitment. Please send your
resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
for review. No phone calls please.