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We are glad you have chosen to visit NRI’s career page and learn how to join our team.

NRI is proud of its rich history of providing relevant, timely data, analysis, technical assistance, and research for policymakers in the behavioral health community. Our employees work together in a collegial environment to problem-solve and complete projects that enhance the quality of behavioral health care on a national and state level.

NRI periodically recruits qualified candidates to fill positions that are essential in making our mission a reality. Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and persons with experience in behavioral health services are encouraged to apply.

Current Openings

Executive Director (Full-Time/Exempt)

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) is seeking to appoint a visionary Executive Director (ED) who can build upon its legacy of excellence. The ideal candidate will possess a background in the behavioral health field and demonstrate a hands-on leadership style conducive to business development and relationship cultivation. This role is hybrid, based at the NRI headquarters in the greater Washington DC area.

Sterling Martin and Associates has been retained for the Executive Search for my replacement. Interested candidates can apply here. The full position description can be found here.

Senior Research Associate - Crisis Services Focus (Full-Time/Exempt)

The Senior Research Associate - Crisis Services Focus provides data collection and analyses—both qualitative and quantitative—of content related to the organization, funding, operation, services, policies, staffing, and consumers of State Behavioral Health Agencies (SBHAs) and/or State Medicaid Agencies (SMAs) with a special focus on crisis services. The Senior Research Associate - Crisis Services Focus works with team members on federal and state projects. Read the Full Job Description

To apply, please fill out the NRI Application, including salary expectations, and submit along with your cover letter and resume to: [email protected]

Our work environment and generous benefits package includes:  

Alternative Work Schedule
Flexible Work Hours
Telework Schedule

​Paid Leave
10 Federal holidays
Vacation/Annual Leave
Sick Leave

​Insurance Plans
Employer paid Health and Dental
Employer paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
Employer paid Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Retirement Plan
NRI contributes a percentage of employee’s salary to our 401K plan after 1 year of employment

Employee Assistance Program
Professional Development
Casual Friday