The Chief of Staff (COS) reports to, and acts as a key advisor for, the CEO to ensure effective functioning of the organization and strategic integration of all key activities within the CEO’s agenda.
The COS is a member of the Executive Management Group (EMG) and coordinates the activities of the executive staff. The COS monitors progress toward achieving the CEO’s strategic goals, objectives, and initiatives for the organization.
The COS represents the CEO internally to ensure smooth, ongoing operations. The
COS may act as a surrogate in the CEO’s absence and in certain matters, as well as serve as an internal ambassador and spokesperson to external constituents.
The COS will have ongoing contact with key decision-makers, including APA members, EMG members and other senior executives, governance, and senior officials in other professional associations.
The COS will work with many others across different areas of APA. This could include providing instruction, monitoring progress on projects, providing feedback, and in some cases prioritizing or overseeing the work of others based on the needs of the CEO.
Supervisory responsibilities will be at the discretion of the CEO and may vary over time based on the organizational needs and the desire of the CEO. While the position will initially have limited direct or functional supervision over other positions, this may change over time.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
The COS must function as both a diplomat and an integrator who oversees cross-functional planning on major initiatives.
The COS will need to possess a very high level of discretion and judgment.
The COS must develop strong business relationships with staff and members of the governance structure to be effective in advancing the goals and objectives of the CEO.
The position requires the necessary flexibility to adjust to the changing priorities of the CEO due to various factors and be available to attend to unexpected events and circumstances that may affect implementation of the CEO’s objectives.
The COS must have demonstrated experience successfully managing and implementing complex initiatives.
The COS must be skilled and have experience adeptly navigating highly political environments.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Prepares and contributes to the preparation of briefings, reports, and presentations for a wide range of audiences.
Interacts with senior staff in the development, implementation, and presentation of the CEO’s initiatives.
Participates in meetings with the CEO and other senior staff in strategic planning, policy development, and problem resolution of complex issues.
Attends internal meetings with the CEO, briefs in advance, and contributes, as appropriate.
Analyzes and manages sensitive issues that arise frequently in a rapidly changing organization.
Manages, responds and follows up on various inquiries on behalf of the CEO.
Conducts or oversees special projects as assigned.
Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a cover letter and resume specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.
The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.
KNOWLEDGE AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
Doctorate in Psychology required.
Minimum 10 years of management experience required, preferably in a non-profit, governmental agency, or institutional environment.
Critical thinker with proven analytical skills, with strong written and oral communication skills required.
Experience instituting significant organizational change and employing change management strategies.
Prior experience supervising mid- or executive-level staff required, with excellent interpersonal skills.
Prior experience in delegating and simultaneously managing multiple projects desired.
Prior experience as Chief of Staff or equivalent position preferred.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About American Psychological Association
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.