Senior Program Manager, Governance
Job Details
American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC
Full Time


The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world, is seeking an exceptional and motivated candidate to serve as the Senior Program Manager, Governance within the Division of Diversity and Health Equity (DDHE). The incumbent will assist the Division Chief by being the primary staff liaison to DDHE liaised assembly, councils, caucuses, committees, workgroups, etc. (e.g., Assembly Committee M/UR, Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, Council on Children, Adolescents, and Their Families, and Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Caucuses) to support a governance framework that ensures a timely and responsive feedback loop. Responsibilities of this position are in alignment with the APAs fourth strategic initiative of supporting and increasing diversity within APA; serving the needs of evolving, diverse, underrepresented and underserved patient populations; and working to end disparities in mental health care. The incumbent may perform other duties as assigned that are related to the position.


  • Serve as staff liaison for the divisions assigned assembly, councils, caucuses, committees, and workgroups, etc. (e.g., Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, Council on Children, Adolescents, and Their Families, Council on Geriatric Psychiatry, Assembly Committee of Representatives of Minority and Underrepresented Caucuses).
    • Confer with chairpersons to establish strategies, agendas, meeting minutes, work plans and timelines.
    • Plan meetings and facilitate member participation.
    • Write and submit a variety of component documents, such as Governance reports.
    • Distribute communication to APA councils and committees on behalf of APA administration, as needed.
    • Maintain respective component rosters, updating as needed.
    • Track component assignments and referrals to ensure follow-through.
    • Collaborate with other APA offices and components regarding overlapping activities and interests.
    • Support the activities of the Councils, where applicable.
    • Support the activities of the Caucuses (e.g., management of listservs), where applicable.
  • Contribute to the creation, production and oversee programs and products of the APAs DDHE.
    • Monitor development and progress of resources.
    • Review and edit the contents of resources.
    • Coordinate off-site and onsite meetings.
    • Help with monitoring progress of respective programs, as assigned.
    • Under the direction of the Division Chief, monitor expenditure of respective programs.
    • Assist in communication activities for the divisions related programming.
    • Partake in periodic evaluations (e.g., mid-year and year-end evaluations) of programs to report outcomes.
    • Works with Marketing and Communications to fulfil internal requirements regarding website maintenance, media placements, newsletters, social media, and development of new materials.
    • Contributes to and prepares presentations, issues briefs, position statements and other written materials pertinent to health equity.
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Bachelors degree required; masters degree preferred.
  • Prior experience in providing administrative support to boards, assembly, councils, caucuses, committees, workgroups, etc. similar to the APA.
  • Superb administrative skills, leadership, and organizational abilities including management of diverse and overlapping projects and timelines.
  • Skill developing and editing various kinds of reports.
  • Program management experience, preferably in an academic, membership, or association setting.
  • Well-developed meeting planning skills.
  • Excellent cultural humility skills.
  • Experience working with multiple, diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing skills, organization, and prioritization skills.
  • Excellent proficiency with MS Office applications and the Internet.
  • Experience with marketing and promoting events and services.