Company Name:

American Psychological Association


Washington, District of Columbia

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Executive Level Management

Work Setting:


Position Type:

Full Time

Date Posted:

November 1, 2018

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Deputy Chief Executive Officer

This is a key senior role in the association with a broad portfolio of programmatic and organizational functions charged with ensuring successful implementation of the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) strategic goals, objectives, and initiatives for the organization.  The Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) speaks with the authority of the CEO in the CEO’s absence.




The DCEO works with the CEO to develop, implement and assess association strategy, goals, policies, and short/long term objectives, including those for consideration by the Board of Directors. Along with the CEO, the DCEO provides leadership and develops opportunities that promote and advocate for the discipline and profession of psychology and result in association success as defined by the CEO and Board, which begins with successful execution of APA’s strategic plan. Additional responsibilities include assisting in the administration of association business and policies, overseeing organizational transformation as outlined by the strategic plan, and working in partnership with the CEO to ensure the Board of Directors and other governance entities are well informed and involved.




The DCEO serves as a visible leader internally and externally with the ability to manage and balance complex priorities and diverse constituencies, and the expertise to be the public voice of APA to the media, governance and audiences large and small.




The DCEO provides supervisory oversight to all association work in the areas of education, practice, public interest, science, advocacy and diversity, and the executive staff members responsible for these programmatic functions.



The position will report directly to the CEO and is a member of the Executive Management Group (EMG), acting as the lead for that team when the CEO is unavailable.







The DCEO must have an established record of success in developing and implementing innovative, complex and cross-functional initiatives and a leadership style that is visionary, transformative, engaging, and inclusive. Through past work, they should have a demonstrated record of effective leadership, management, communication, ability to collaborate, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.




The DCEO must possess a very high level of discretion and judgment and be skilled at navigating highly political environments.




The DCEO must be able to develop strong collaborative relationships with staff and members of the governance structure to be effective in advancing the goals and objectives of the CEO.






Doctorate in Psychology required.




Minimum 15 years senior-level leadership experience in a complex organization is required, ideally in a non-profit, governmental agency, and/or academic environment.  Must include experience developing and managing budgets of minimally $5 million per year. 




The ideal candidate will bring a breadth of experience in psychology and demonstrated commitment to the scientific foundations of the discipline. Demonstrated experience as an effective leader who can exercise influence, engage diverse groups, and has proven successful in building collaboration. Record of international engagement is preferred.




The DCEO will have exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively represent the association in a variety of settings, including to staff, governance groups, and national/international audiences.




Application Instructions:


Qualified candidates must apply online not later than close of business Friday, November 30, 2018, through the Jobs at APA portal 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 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.




About APA


The American Psychological Association (APA) represents 115,700 psychologists, students, and affiliates, primarily in the U.S. and Canada but also in other countries around the world and is celebrating its 126th anniversary this year. APA is a scientific and professional organization categorized as a 501c(3) and has an annual operating budget of about $110 million, Along with its 501(c)(6) companion organization, APA Services, Inc., APA has about 600 employees in staff. For more information related to APA, please our website at






The American Psychological Association, located at 750 First St NE, Washington D.C., next to Union Station. It is Metro accessible from the Red Line, VRE (Virginia), and MARC (Maryland/West Virginia) commuter trains. 


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