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Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health

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American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC


This role requires significant subject matter expertise in private sector healthcare purchasing strategy, employer-sponsored health care, research-based approaches to addressing workplace mental health and well-being, mental health public policy on a range of topics including mental health and substance use disorder parity, integrated care and collaborative care, reimbursement policy and payment trends, health insurance market issues. Working knowledge of relevant federal laws (ERISA, ADA, MHPAEA, privacy laws and HR laws) concerning employment and health coverage a must.



  • External Affairs and Employer Engagement: Responsible for outreach to and develop relationships with large corporations, business leaders and other employer organizations to further mission and programs of the Center for Workplace Mental Health and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
    • Recruit and partner with corporations and business organizations relevant to the work of the Center (i.e. regional business groups). Promote goals and mission of the Center for Workplace Mental Health and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation to these entities.
    • Represent the organization and program by serving as faculty at corporate and business organization conferences, webinars and meetings – approximately 25 per year (including keynote presentations, plenary sessions, and intensive workshop educational sessions).
    • The mission includes advocacy for appropriate mental health care and education to employers about mental health issues as they relate to the business/corporate environment.
    • Garner interviews with national and trade press about workplace mental health. Serve as subject matter expert and secure positive media coverage for the Center for Workplace Mental Health and its programmatic activities.
  • Direct the development and execution of educational resources for the employer community to accomplish the mission of the Center and position it for continued growth and success.
    • Promote employee education programs to employers and facilitate engagement, adoption and measurement in the workplace.
    • Direct and/or develop tools and resources for employers, including monthly Mental Health Works publication, dedicated employer website,, employer best practice profiles (includes recruiting employers willing to share their best practices, and developing case studies and promoting database).
    • Maintain knowledge base of leading employer healthcare purchasing trends, best practices and relevant policy developments affecting private sector healthcare purchasing. Lead efforts to drive messages to business community about trends and best practices to further the mission of the program.
    • Lead development and direct production of all educational resources for the business community that promote the investment in employee mental health benefits and advance APA advocacy priorities including implementation of parity, collaborative care, reimbursement and quality improvement initiatives (including development of issue briefs, literature reviews and other educational products for employers).
    • Continually review plan and update to build continued momentum and growth of the program.
  • Oversee and develop educational campaigns for adoption at the workplace.
    • Direct the development, execution and measurement of educational campaigns for deployment by employers to employee populations (such as Right Direction and Path Forward).
    • Identify and solicit funding from potential donors.
    • Collaborate with external employer and mental health organizations on program development and execution.
    • Facilitate employer adoption of programs for application at the workplace, including consultation on best practices for implementation and measurement.
    • Develop metrics for evaluating program impact and apply lessons learned for quality improvement.
  • Administration, Fundraising and Management
    • Develop and manage annual budgets for the Center for Workplace Mental Health and its initiatives.
    • Manage staff and consultants to the program.
    • Leverage subject matter expertise in organizationÂ’s cultivation of existing and prospective donors, including individuals, corporations, and foundations.
    • Collaborate with fundraising professionals to secure funding for the program, including identifying and cultivating prospects, potential new revenue producing initiatives, developing proposals, relationship building and deliverable and grant management.
    • Work with APAF staff to develop and implement long-term plan for the continued funding of the initiative, including the diversification from corporate supporters, foundations, and other sources.
  • Liaise with Board of Directors and Committees relevant to the Center for Workplace Mental Health
    • Lead staff to the Center Advisory Council, a strategic advisory board to the program comprised of psychiatric and employer leaders. Continually develop this body to be a key body for strategic management and counsel for the Center.
    • Develop regular reports for CEO, executive director for various meetings, annual reports, as needed to appropriately inform and engage association leadership in the work of the Center.
    • Serve as lead contact for the Center to the APAF Board of Directors and the Corporate Advisory Council.
    • Coordinate with APA entities important to business outreach (Policy, Programs and Partnerships, Government Relations, and Communications).


  • Bachelor's degree, Masters or related graduate degree preferred, in related field with a minimum 10-15 years’ experience in management of programs or initiatives of comparable size and impact; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 7 years of meaningful experience as a subject matter expert with employers, organizations and the media on mental health issues, private sector healthcare purchasing and financing, occupational health, and employer best practices by leading large employers as they relate to mental health specifically.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) with high-level executives within the corporate community, trade and mainstream media, and APA/APAF leaders to promote mission, educate, and build key relationships with external audiences.
  • Depth as a strategic thinker and ability to lead execution of programs and initiatives in complex organizational environments.
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision and manage multiple projects and initiatives at one time.
  • Proven ability to be an effective manager of staff and consultants.

EOE, including disability/vets