The Director of Association Governance at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is a prominent, senior-level position that works across the organization and serves as a focal point for communication with and among the Officers, Board, Assembly and staff. The Director oversees the development of governance standards and services; manages day-to-day operations; and leads a team of six are accountable for a Board of Trustees including 21 members, Assembly of 250 members, and various high-profile Committees.
This is a rewarding position, with a great team, and in a nationally prominent organization with a service orientated culture.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director is responsible for working across the Association to ensure that politically sensitive issues are surfaced to Executives and that Leadership has the proper advice and resources to effectively discharge their fiduciary duties.
Develops and oversees a governance budget totaling $2.5M per year [Board of Trustees, Assembly, Joint Reference Committee, Elections, Board Special and Association Governance].
Directs all staff and operations of the Governance Office.
Serves as a member of the senior staff, working with the Chief of Strategy and CEO and Medical Director to manage the governance affairs of the organization.
Ensures superior quality control for work originating from the department and that is circulated on behalf of Executives and leadership.
Encourages ongoing all-staff review and feedback on association actions, positions, and policies to improve decision-making.
Addresses questions regarding official actions of the association.
Represents APA at meetings of allied organizations, district branches, state associations and other entities.
Conducts research on association best practices, actions, policies, and positions as required to enhance effective operations.
Directs all Board of Trustees operations including meetings, reports, and appointments.
Serves as strategic advisor to President, Chief of Strategy, Chief of Staff as well as CEO and Medical Director and elected leadership on association policy, emergent issues and policy concerns.
Establishes agendas and facilitates the smooth operation of four Board of Trustees meetings per year, consulting with the President and the Chief of Strategy, Chief of Staff and CEO and Medical Director.
Establishes and cultivates professional relationships with Board officers and members to support fiscal responsibility and further professional and effective decision-making.
Provides a comprehensive orientation for new and current Board members on fiduciary responsibility, effective and responsible Board behavior and APA structure and operations.
Maintains strict confidentiality on all appropriate legal and strategic matters.
Oversees the organization of an annual Board of Trustees Retreat that is organized by the President.
Communicates decisions of Board of Trustees to membership and staff through concise and accurate Minutes, Summaries of Actions and other means, as appropriate.
Oversees all operations of an Assembly and its components through regular meetings and ongoing communication.
Advises and informs Assembly leadership on political and strategic policy issues related to their decision-making.
Develop and build cohesive working relationships with new committee members each year in order to promote a high-functioning, efficient advisory body.
Supervises development of agendas and preparations for semi-annual Assembly meetings as well as quarterly meetings of the Assembly Executive Committee and the semi-annual Assembly Committee on Procedures meetings.
Develops educational and orientation materials for Assembly members.
Supervises APA Elections and election-related Standing Committees (Nominating Committee, Elections Committee, Tellers Committee and Bylaws Committee)
Monitors all high-profile campaign activities, working with Committee Chair and Election Committee, staff and legal counsel.
Oversees the work of the Joint Reference Committee (JRC).
Briefs the President-Elect (JRC Chair) and Executives on all proposed JRC actions and discussion items.
Reviews all component reports for actions for JRC consideration; negotiates with component chairs and/or staff liaisons to address and correct issues prior to submission to the JRC members.
Ensures that the primary staff person maintains regular contact with staff liaisons of all Councils to obtain regular updates on component activities.
Edits summary of actions for each JRC meeting before distribution to JRC members and Executives.
Other duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in experience in medical or membership organization, with 10-15 years of high-level administrative experience with a medical or membership organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience and demonstrated success prioritizing multiple tasks with competing deadlines, adhering to strict deadlines and working under pressure
Experience developing and monitoring divisional budgets
Ability to analyze complex administrative, strategic and organizational problems and provide sound solutions
Ability to interact skillfully and effectively with diverse audiences, including APA leadership, members, staff and individuals from outside organizations.
Ability to think strategically while developing innovative solutions to complex business challenges
Need for discretion, sound judgment and the ability to maintain absolute confidentiality
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to understand and synthesize material and information rapidly.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
About American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the world's largest psychiatric organization, with its 37,800 U.S. and international member physicians and 240 employees. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. APA has excellent benefits, including medical, dental, 401k, flexible spending accounts, and tuition assistance. The APA is located in Washington, D.C. within walking distance of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop.