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Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Executive Office

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American Psychiatric Association HQ - Washington, DC



The Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Executive Office a pivotal role in bolstering the leadership effectiveness of the CEO/Medical Director through adept project management, innovative research initiatives, and development/execution of strategic priorities. In this influential capacity, the Senior Director actively engages alongside the CEO/Medical Director and other key stakeholders, facilitating the advancement of the organization's mission and strategic priorities. Balancing long-term strategic vision with operational execution support, they assist leaders in identifying priorities, defining focus areas, and strategically aligning their time to achieve desired outcomes, while shaping objectives, KPIs, and financial goals. Central to their responsibilities is ensuring meticulous tracking and follow-through on action items, thereby enhancing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, strong Power Point presentation development skills, superlative written and verbal communication capabilities as well as strong data and analytic acumen will be critical success enablers for this position.  Moreover, the Senior Director spearheads the creation and coordination of precise, timely communications emanating from the CEO’s office, addressing both internal and external audiences. This role necessitates the capacity to make sensitive and pivotal judgment calls that mirror the standards and priorities of the CEO’s office, underscoring the indispensable nature of their contributions. The ideal candidate possesses a robust ability to collaborate with other executive team members, leveraging diverse perspectives to drive collective success. Suited for self-starters committed to advancing organizational goals, this role demands individuals who thrive in dynamic, fast-paced environments, embodying adaptability and resilience in the pursuit of excellence.



  • Partner with Senior Leadership to lead and facilitate annual strategic planning efforts through research, operational and financial data collection and analysis, and development of KPI’s, while articulating clear processes and timelines. Engage key stakeholders, socialize processes, and ensure follow-up.
  • Advise on long-term, cross-organizational projects, ensuring timely deliverables, resolving bottlenecks, and modifying business processes for efficiency.
  • Ensure effective tracking and reporting of priorities and strategic agenda, overseeing and improving internal systems.
  • Guide and support Senior Leadership Team collaboration, developing meeting agendas, facilitating information flow, and troubleshooting challenges.
  • Act as adviser to the CEO and senior management, streamlining access to information and facilitating decision-making.
  • Coordinate strategic initiatives, ensuring responsive follow-up on priorities and managing resources efficiently.
  • Assess inquiries to the CEO, delegate as necessary, and follow through on action items, including data collection, report writing, and presentations.
  • Participate in high-level meetings and conferences, interpreting and ensuring the execution of administrative decisions and policies.
  • Utilize planning data to develop and evaluate programs, identifying management improvement needs and implementing recommendations.
  • Prepares the CEO/Medical Director for internal and external meetings through the development of presentations, talking points, speeches and other back up and informational materials while ensuring timely and thorough follow up on discussed items.
  • Act for the CEO as assigned, representing the APA at meetings and events to further organizational goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned for the office of the CEO and its operations.



The Senior Director's performance on these duties and responsibilities will be measured using the following competencies:



  • Oversees the functions, projects, and activities of Office of the CEO/Medical Director
  • Applies knowledge and experience to achieve the goals and objectives of the for the CEO and CEO Office.
  • Coordinates project work and ensures completion within established time frame.
  • Participates in the strategic and operational planning for the CEO/Medical Director and the CEO Office. 
  • Demonstrates mastery of skills and techniques utilized to support the CEO and the CEO Office.
  • Success is gauged by the degree to which the business operations of the Office of the CEO/Medical Director are effectively coordinated, executed promptly, and uphold the high-quality standards established by the CEO/Medical Director.



  • Develop systems and tools for collecting metrics to enable faster decisions, using data, analytics, and technology to improve and scale measurement, reporting, and business processes.
  • Exercises significant latitude in making decisions in the application of a body of policies, precedents, and guidelines.
  • Consults with senior leadership for decisions involving major policy or budgetary issues.
  • May be responsible for developing and monitoring expense budgets for CEO Office.
  • Identifies novel and complex problems and issues.
  • Problem analyses include reviewing alternative solutions and developing likely outcomes.
  • Independent judgements are made within defined practices of the Association. Management approval is required for solution designs outside of APA's defined practices.



  • Relationships span levels internally and externally and center on the ability to build trust to further long-term working relationships.
  • Strong diplomatic skills and innovation are used to influence others, resolve problems, manage projects, or achieve appropriate solutions.
  • Significant and frequent contact with outside organizations, consultants, vendors, and other organizational partners.



  • Demonstrates a detailed knowledge of the department's or program's processes, relationships, and responsibilities as well as the department's interactions within the organization.



  • May manage the Executive Assistant to the CEO.



  • BA/BS and at least 8-10 years of relevant experience and/or sufficient relevant work experience. Masters or advanced degree preferred. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing executive communications. 
  • Proven abilities to manage projects and coordinate events.

EOE, including disability/vets