The Executive Director (ED) of APNA is the chief of staff for the organization, responsible for providing support to the Board (BOD), managing the programs and operations of the organization, leading and managing staff resources, and coordinating professional relations. The ED reports directly to the BOD and works in partnership with the BOD and other volunteer leaders to guide and develop the objectives, services, projects, and activities of the Association. All aspects of the ED’s position and related activities must be aligned with APNA policies and procedures and BOD directives and carried out with the approval of the BOD. This position is contract-based. APNA’s BOD does a contract-based performance review at its June BOD meeting every year.
To apply for this job, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to APNA Director of Communications Meaghan Trimyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APNA Board of Directors (BOD) Partnership
Work with the APNA BOD to:
Develop annual goals for the Association in accordance with the approved strategic direction, subject to BOD review and approval
Identify and develop critical issues for BOD deliberations
Develop agendas for BOD meetings
Oversee administration of BOD meetings and actions
Oversee preparation of BOD agenda books to facilitate the work of the BOD
Coordinate a scan of the environment for current and future trends in healthcare policy as it may affect PMH nursing
Ensure that materials to facilitate BOD analysis of issues and decision-making are provided for BOD meetings in a complete and timely manner
Arrange for accurate documentation and recording of votes and deliberations at all BOD meetings as delegated by the Secretary
Track all recommended BOD actions and maintain a reporting process to the BOD
Ensure that all agenda items have appropriate and adequate input from relevant committees
Support the leadership development of individual APNA members who serve on the BOD
Ensure that all meetings and activities are conducted in accordance with state and federal laws/policies, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and Governance Policies
Leadership and Management of APNA Programs and Operations
Ensure that the actions of the BOD are implemented and that the results of actions are reported to the BOD in timely, concise reports
Develop, implement, and monitor policies determined by the BOD; provide regular, clear, and concise reports on the impacts of policies
Ensure that appropriate services and support are developed and provided to APNA members
Develop an annual budget for APNA to be approved by the BOD
Provide clear, concise reports to the BOD at each regularly scheduled BOD meeting that assess the attainment of organizational goals
Ensure the financial affairs of the Association are conducted in accordance with policies and guidelines established by the BOD and generally accepted accounting principles
Ensure that the Association operates in a fiscally sound and prudent manner, within the boundaries of budget constraints approved by the APNA BOD within a ten percent variance of budgeted line items
Ensure that an optimum level of communication exists among APNA staff, volunteer leaders, and members to promote smooth development and implementation of the APNA projects and services
Ensure that sound risk management policies are in place
Demonstrate substantive knowledge of APNA’s mission, programs, and services
Guide revenue-generating activities to provide adequate income to the Association
Lead, direct, and monitor all governmental agency relationships
APNA Staff Management
Ensure that effective mechanisms are in place to determine staffing needs.
All association staff will report either directly or ultimately to the ED and the ED will conduct the annual performance and compensation review of all staff positions.
As necessary, conduct employment interviews and be primarily responsible for the hiring of new staff
Ensure appropriate personnel policies and procedures are developed and maintained
Ensure adequate staff support for all APNA programs, operations, councils, and committees and consider future human resource needs
Supervise APNA staff
Report staff accomplishment and progress, as a group, to the BOD at regular scheduled BOD meetings during executive session
Professional and Community Relationships
Work with the APNA BOD to identify, establish, and maintain relationships with other professional and community organizations involved with or interested in mental health promotion, and mental illness and substance use disorders care
Review human resource policies with the BOD biannually with help from APNA outside legal counsel
Work with the APNA BOD to identify, establish, and maintain liaisons with:
Professional organizations and other associations
Community groups as they become important for the future of the Association
Government agencies as they become important for the future of the Association
Desired Qualities & Competencies:
Self-aware and has integrity in interactions with staff, members, and strategic partners
Intelligent and demonstrates humility in working with complexity and multiple stakeholders
Hard-working and respectful of limits for self and others when delivering on strategic programming and mission-driven operational requirements
Empathetic and able to compassionately address issues and conflict that occur naturally in organizational life
Collaborative: skilled at forming teams and working productively with them, and with individual staff and volunteer leaders across the organization
Visionary and inspiring: leading individuals, teams, and the organization with clarity and purpose
An open and mature communication style
A keen ability to listen and encourage people to voice multiple perspectives
Strong synthesizing, analyzing, and problem-solving abilities
A track record of promoting and enacting inclusiveness, respect, equity, and sensitivity with individuals and organizations of multiple cultures and backgrounds
Strong ethical standards
Must be able to travel to 10 to 12 national meetings annually
Must have flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required
Knowledge of nursing profession and the US health care system
Display values that are compatible with APNA vision, values, and direction
Demonstrated versatility and creativity in adapting an organizational vision to changing realities and galvanizing people to act
Demonstrated ability to respect, support, encourage, and promote the diversity of ideas, values, assumptions, aspirations, approaches, and ideologies inherent in the profession of psychiatric-mental health nursing
Ability to build, nurture, and negotiate relationships with external parties to create favorable alliances for the organization
Master’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of ten years of job experience in an association management position or related field
Certified Association Executive (CAE) preferred
Exceptional communication, writing and interpersonal skills, and an understanding of association management; Strong public speaking skills required.
Strong administrative, personnel, and organizational management are required.
Proficiency in strategic planning and fiscal management to include long term investments
Experience in working with organizations the size of APNA with a diverse volunteer base and staff of 20 including remote employees
Demonstrated effectiveness as a manager, team-builder, and motivator who creates a climate of collegiality, trust, and dedication to the mission of the organization.
Demonstrated success in program and new relationship development.
Demonstrated leadership experience in organizations working with Boards and/or teams of senior executives.
Understanding of technology tools to enable efficient processes for staff and ease of experience for members.
Ability to engage in frequent evaluation of technology, platforms, and services.
Familiarity with social media, website search & navigation, communication systems, marketing automation, and analytics
Facility with pulling and reporting data and relating to other areas within the association to determine appropriate relationships
Familiarity and understanding of software as a service (SaaS) and cloud-based software delivery and contract wording
Additional Salary Information: Please include salary requirements when submitting your cover letter and resume.
About American Psychiatric Nurses Association
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), founded in 1986, is a 501c(3) not for profit organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Since its founding, APNA has grown to be one of the largest professional membership organizations committed to the practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with mental health and substance use disorders.
APNA is a national individual membership organization whose membership is inclusive of all PMH nurses (RN) including associate degree (ADN), baccalaureate (BSN), and advanced practice (APRN). Membership currently totals more than 12,800 nurses and is comprised of approximately 50% Registered Nurses and 50% Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (includes both Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners). Members practice in a variety of settings, including inpatient, community, academic and research settings; in public, private and public health institutions; and in high level administrative positions at state and federal levels.
APNA connects psychiatric-mental health nurses ...to a dynamic network of colleagues. Members communicate online, through conference calls, and at face-to-face meetings. This system allows for programs targeted to regional needs, as well as quick and wide distribution of education, standards, position papers, and materials to APNA members and constituents. APNA’s online community gives members the opportunity to participate in timely online discussions, share resources, and collaborate on the development of educational content. Perhaps most importantly, APNA members share expertise through the variety of avenues for participation in APNA.
As stated in its bylaws, “APNA provides leadership to promote psychiatric-mental health nurses, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, and shape health policy for the delivery of mental health services...” APNA carries out its mission through a member-elected Board of Directors. The nine-member Board (plus the Executive Director serving as an ex-officio nonvoting member) governs the association in accordance with APNA Bylaws and policies and procedures.
The Board advances the APNA mission through volunteer committees, councils, and task forces that address issues of importance to mental health and substance use care in the areas of nursing practice, education, research, administration and policy. The Board also governs regionally via a network of 34 state chapters. The chapter, committee, and task force structures allow for input from content experts and provide a grassroots approach to the dissemination of information to constituents.
Through a culture of inclusivity and collaboration, the Board sets strategic initiatives that address the complexity and diversity inherent in the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession. The Executive Director then oversees the staff, who are guided by a members-first philosophy, in operationalizing the initiatives and supporting volunteer content experts.
PROGRAMS, PRODUCTS, & SERVICES
APNA programs, products, and services are driven by member needs assessments and Board strategic planning. They align with APNA policies and procedures and their relevance is evaluated on an ongoing basis by the Board based on data and information provided by staff.
As an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, APNA offers in-person and online continuing nursing education programs that bring the latest developments and research to the professional community and help members meet requirements for certification. Whether it’s the first competency-based training on the assessment and management of suicide risk for PMH nurses or a series of webinars that empower nurses across specialties to address the opioid crisis, APNA education is instrumental in ensuring that nurses are prepared to provide high quality and up-to-date care that meets public health needs.
APNA hosts three national conferences annually and chapters host regional conferences throughout the year. The APNA Annual Conference is the largest gathering of PMH nurses in the US each year, with approximately 1,600 attendees and a program generated by an open call for abstracts and peer review process. The APNA Annual Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute (500+ attendees) and APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute West (200+ attendees) provide cutting edge research and education related to psychiatric and substance use medications to nurses, most of whom have prescriptive authority.
In-person conferences at the national and regional level are augmented by APNA’s online education. The APNA eLearning Center provides all PMH nurses with online access to nationally recognized speakers, with session recordings from APNA conferences and education specifically developed for dissemination online.
Through the APNA Research Grants program, nurses obtain support for research that will advance the collective knowledge of the profession. In a similar fashion, the APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship recognizes the accomplishments of nursing students, exposes them to the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession, and strengthens their professional networks.
In addition to its website and online community, APNA communicates with the more than 30,000 PMH nurses in its database through print, electronic, and social media, a peer-reviewed journal, and a monthly email newsletter. These communications report on issues of importance to PMH nursing, including legislation, regulation and policy; scientific research and emerging trends in health care; educational opportunities; and breaking news.
The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA), owned by APNA and published by SAGE Publishing, provides quality, up-to-date information to promote PMH nursing, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, as well as shape health care policy for the delivery of mental health services. JAPNA has a circulation of 19,000+ subscribers and is indexed by Thomson Reuters with one of the highest impact factors of psychiatric-mental health nursing journals.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS
APNA’s many collaborative relationships with community, professional, and governmental stakeholders help guide advances in nursing and mental health care. They also ensure that psychiatric-mental health nursing has a voice in decisions and initiatives that will affect its members and the persons to whom they provide care.
APNA monitors the external environment to cultivate existing relationships as well as discover emerging stakeholders and develop strategic partnerships with them. APNA also regularly sends its volunteer content experts to represent the organization at policy-making tables and events across the health care landscape.
APNA has an operating budget of approximately 4.4 million. The Executive Director, with the assistance of two Associate Executive Directors, leads 22 staff members (12 of whom are full time) in supporting the day to day functions of the organization. A hybrid office of in-person and remote employees, most of the full-time staff operate out of the headquarter office in Falls Church, Virginia and work remotely intermittently.
The organization has recently begun the process of significantly upgrading its technological infrastructure, including installing a new phone system, transitioning to a new client management system, and designing a new website. This technology upgrade will streamline staff processes and enhance the member experience.
Embracing a diverse membership is a key component of the organization’s identity. APNA is committed to continuing efforts to welcoming and giving voice to the diversity within the psychiatric-mental health nursing profession. As its membership continues to grow, APNA’s focus must remain on psychiatric-mental health nurses of every flavor and in every setting. In order to thrive and meet this diverse membership’s needs effectively, the organization must remain agile, innovative, and continue to leverage new technologies.
Continued and expanded relationships with stakeholders will ensure that APNA is able to influence policy decisions in a way that ensures the success of the profession and addresses current and future challenges within the health care arena. One such challenge is the psychiatric-mental health workforce shortage, a pressing need that will require creativity, initiative, and strong strategic partnerships to tackle. APNA’s initial efforts to address this are already underway in the form of a task force studying the current psychiatric-mental health nursing workforce and a campaign to raise the public profile of psychiatric-mental health nurses.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH
The current APNA Executive Director is retiring after 13 years with the organization. Under his leadership, the organization has grown and matured, with 225% growth in membership, financial stability, and the introduction of new programs. The APNA Board of Directors is now looking for a candidate to succeed the current Executive Director and work with current staff to continue and maintain this track record of success.