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NAMI San Mateo County is Hiring!

Become a Peer PAL

NAMI Peer PALS LogoPeer PALS are individuals who have experienced their own major mental illnesses, but have achieved a considerable degree of personal well-being and stability. Serving as a friend and mentor, each PAL must have a strong desire to help others and be willing to be assigned for six months to someone who is in the beginning stages of his/her recovery. PALS receive ongoing training and supervision by the Peer PAL Advisor for the duration of the assignment. Pals work four hours per week and are paid $13.50 per hour.


  • Education: Completion of the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Course, or equivalent mentor certification
  • Knowledge of client groups and/or issues related to the program area

To be considered for a Peer PAL position please email us at peerpals@namisanmateo.org for more information.

Peer Pal Advisor


The Peer PALS Advisor is a person in recovery who has a background in counseling.  The Advisor works mainly with the Peer PALS Coordinator, and PALS who they see once a month during the PAL trainings.

The Advisor and PAL work together to feel out solutions that address the program standards.  Examples of problems discussed are chronic late visits, “no shows”, and requests for money or services such as moving and cleaning. For example, should peer pals move their peer clients’ belongings from one housing situation to the next? Much depends on the PAL. Are they desiring to assist? Are they physically capable? Are they uncomfortable moving someone’s belongings? Should the peer clients pay them for this service? (No money should be exchanged in Peer PALS). The Advisor and PAL enter into a discussion that examines the specifics of the situation, as all relationships are different.

The Advisor is responsible for:

  • Serving as a resource when PALS have questions or concerns regarding their Peers.
  • Conducting and p monthly training sessions for PALS
  • Working closely with the Coordinator when issues arise.

To be considered as a Peer PAL Advisor please email your resume to:  hzimmer@namisanmateo.org

Part-time Bookkeeper Positon

Part time Bookkeeper / Accountant
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Mateo – San Mateo, CA

Job Title: Bookkeeper / Accountant
Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt, Estimated monthly effort ~ 6-8 hours per month
Reports to: Executive Director

Job Summary: The Bookkeeper is responsible for processing the monthly financials in QuickBooks including bank reconciliation, producing the Balance Sheet, monthly P&L, and financial summaries for the Board; enters transactions into QuickBooks, creates reports, and does PowerPoint summaries and trend analysis for the Board meetings. 
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Record entries in QuickBooks
  • Monthly Bank reconciliation tracking contributions and expenses
  • Generate monthly QuickBook financial reports for the Board
  • Develop PowerPoint financial trend analyses for the Board
  • Prepare annual budget with direction from ED
  • Assist with any audits or financial reviews
  • Assist with annual 1099 reporting
  • Process accounts payable weekly (potential future responsibility)

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience with QuickBooks and MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Attention to detail
  • Consistent accuracy
  • Ability to complete financial operations in a timely matter
  • Able to work well independently yet ask for guidance as needed
  • High degree of confidentiality
  • Ability to meet deadlines for Board
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to work with other part-time staff as need to facilitate financial processes
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks such that can work to further automate our payroll process etc.
  • Willingness to learn NAMI’s business to improve financial tracking and reporting
  • Understanding on non-profit accounting helpful
  • Local applicants only; must be able to come into the office monthly (although some flexibility to do some of the work remotely)

If interested:  Please call Helene (650) 638-0800 or hzimmer@namisanmateo.org

ABOUT THE National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Mateo

NAMI, which was founded in 1974 in San Mateo County by family members of people diagnosed with mental illness, is now the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.  The founding NAMI San Mateo affiliate is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.