SUMMARY: The job is focused on driving and facilitating APA’s engagement with experts in psychological science and the psycho-legal arena to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives. The role has two primary responsibilities: 1) serving as staff liaison to the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and 2) acting as staff liaison to the Amicus Brief Expert Panel (ABEP). This is a highly collaborative and member-facing role requiring excellent relationship management, critical and systems thinking, anticipation, consultation, communication, and leadership skills.
Work with colleagues from APA’s Office of General Counsel, the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41) and other APA divisions on significant and timely topics in the psycho-legal arena to provide the perspective of psychological science to the courts and the judiciary, to benefit APA’s amicus curiae program, and to develop psycho-legal partnerships with other nonprofit organizations. The Amicus Brief Expert Panel has the goal of advocating for the highest quality psychological science with the courts on an unbiased/nonpartisan basis.
Facilitate environmental scanning by the Amicus Brief Expert Panel for key issues pending in the courts that APA should consider for amicus brief preparation and submittal, including outreach to Divisions and other experts in relevant fields of psychology.
Assist colleagues in the Office of General Counsel as requested within expertise to support preparation of APA amicus briefs. Working with APA members, stakeholders and colleagues to identify experts knowledgeable about and appropriate/willing to assist in preparation of amicus briefs.
Facilitate the development of projects or partnerships with the American Bar Association or other groups that could advance APA’s psycho-legal goals and interests. Manage governance activities for the Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and Science Directorate. This includes writing agenda items, meeting minutes and highlights. Develop agenda items that require input from other staff liaisons or Science Directorate staff. Ensure timely submission of agenda items for the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives.
Responsible for all aspects of planning and facilitating BSA meetings. Provide regular updates and recommendations for action to relevant staff and BSA. Ensure timely completion and presentation/dissemination of pertinent information regarding BSA-initiated projects.
Facilitate the nomination and election process for Scientific Awards. As assigned, staff taskforces and workgroups approved by BSA. Work collaboratively with governance staff throughout APA.
Responsible for budget preparation and tracking for the Board of Scientific Affairs and other programs as assigned.
Provides analysis and projections of future initiatives and expenses for BSA, working groups, and task forces to include resources for research or other special requests from these groups.
As a staff liaison and trusted advisor, use diplomatic and mediation skills to supervise and guide the facilitation of relevant volunteer leadership activities (e.g., that of the Board of Scientific Affairs and Amicus Brief Expert Panel) to drive dialogue, agendas, and outcomes towards action consistent with APA’s strategic priorities.
Develop annual strategic plans to focus relevant board’s work to align with strategic priorities and comply with all written policies and procedures.
Maintain an intimate understanding of APA’s strategic priorities, objectives, and bench of experts; convene staff expertise where needed to advance a focused agenda and coordinate volunteer efforts and expertise, as appropriate.
Partner with executive staff and volunteer leadership to provide guidance and strategic insight, design strategic agendas, facilitate productive conversations toward measurable outcomes, and fulfill volunteer leadership responsibilities.
Collaborate within the Science Directorate, Office of General Counsel, and Governance Office to establish decision-making criteria to support the prioritization and reprioritization of initiatives.
Promote cross-board/committee visibility by identifying and highlighting opportunities to streamline or complement efforts.
Responsible for meeting agenda books and minutes, coordination of meeting logistics, and budget tracking.
Serve as an ambassador of APA to elected and appointed leadership, curating priorities, efforts, and accomplishments to sustain visibility and understanding of association work and supporting the association’s delivery of a unified voice, story, and experience to this important audience. Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree is preferable.
Meeting and dialogue facilitation skills, including prioritization, mediation and actioning
Paralegal or experience in relevant legal environment a plus (e.g. legal terminology and processes.)
10 years of experience in association work, association governance processes, including association or non-profit/public health, especially in a staff liaison capacity highly desired.
Ability to interact judiciously with high-level staff of numerous external organizations
Exceptional collaboration, relationship management, presentation, and time, self, and program management skills; meticulous attention to detail.
Utmost tact, emotional intelligence, discretion, diplomacy, and respect for confidentiality
Skillful comprehension of APA strategic priorities, bylaws, and rules, and the proven ability to understand, simplify, and effectively communicate complex information.
The confidence to effectively interact with various levels of leadership and influence with or without positional authority.
Genuine interest in and self-driven knowledge development of associations and non-profit governance
A problem-solving mindset, and the demonstrated ability to prioritize and reprioritize work wisely.
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