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Senior Program Manager, Association Governance

Job Details

American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC
Full Time
4 Year Degree



The Senior Program Manager, Association Governance will serve as the staff liaison to the Nominating Committee, Election Committee, Tellers Committee, and Bylaws Committee and manage all aspects of the APA National Elections for the Board of Trustees. This position is highly visible and frequently intersects with key leadership, while handling highly confidential and politically sensitive information. This role also provides oversight to the election process of APAs Assembly Committees, which are managed by the Division of Diversity and Health Equity and support to the Assembly Committee on Procedures. This position also provides supports the activities of the with the APA President and CEO and Medical Director. Distinguished Service Award Committee.


APA Elections

  • Manage the activities of APAs National Nominating Committee (and its sub-committees), Elections Committee, and Tellers Committee in relationship to the execution of the APA National Elections.
  • Serve as primary contact and resource for candidates and ensure clarity on APA policy, election procedures, guidelines, and overall election matters for the voting membership.
  • Ensuring committee members understand their scope of responsibility, provide guidance in policy recommendations, and organize responses and solutions to emerging issues.
  • Direct the procurement and manage the scope of work of an external election management firm including producing, ordering, reviewing, and approving file production, ballot printing, booklet printing, mailing and other materials necessary for balloting to ensure voter accessibility and election security preparedness.
  • Prepare and maintain written committee reports of elections process for the Board of Trustees, historical purposes and make available for general membership as needed.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality and ensure integrity of APAs election processes and procedures.
  • Provide oversight to the election process of APAs Assembly Committees which are managed by the Division of Diversity and Health Equity.

Bylaws Committee

  • Serve as an advisor on APA Bylaws to the committee and APA Administration.
  • In coordination with the committee, manage the review and approval process of APA bylaws amendments when changes are made.
  • Prepare applicable committee reports to the Board of Trustees and for inclusion in the APA Annual Business Meeting Report and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Assembly Committee on Procedures

  • Act as a resource and advisor to the committee chair on APA policies, procedures, and operating guidelines.
  • In collaboration with the committee chair, develop and disseminate revisions of the Assembly Procedural Code.
  • Ensure compliance reviews of APA Assembly and Assembly-related Procedural Codes.
  • Maintain knowledge of all Assembly policies and procedures.

Distinguished Service Award Workgroup

  • Manage the annual award selection process for DSA recipients in coordination with the APA President (committee chair), the CEO and Medical Director and DSA Committee members.

APA Annual Business Meeting at the APA Annual Meeting

  • Direct activities related to producing the APA Annual Business Meeting which occurs at the APA Annual Meeting.
  • Oversee the collection and assembly of annual reports in accordance with the APA Bylaws for inclusion in the Annual Business Meeting Report.
  • Responsible for preparing the agenda and producing the final report in coordination with the Division of Communications for online publishing in advance of the annual meeting.
  • Responsible for finalizing the Annual Business Meeting logistics in coordination with the Meetings and Conventions Department.
  • Responsible for working closely with presenters to ensure their written and oral reports at the meeting are in accordance with the APA Bylaws.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years administrative and/or project management experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Pro and creating electronic forms.
  • Experience in use of Association Management; Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Highly organized with ability to prioritize, multitask and take initiative.
  • Possess strong attention to detail and ability to follow through.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy with the ability to work with all levels of management.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet multiple deadlines and troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion and sound judgment.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and adapt effectively to changing circumstances.
  • Experience building a sense of community and belonging.

EOE, including disability/vets