Director of Governance Operations

Washington D.C.
Apr 26, 2018
May 31, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time

Director of Governance Operations


This position is the senior governance position for Ethics providing specialized governance expertise, knowledge, and support to the Ethics Committee and its workgroups and taskforces under the strategic direction of the Ethics Office Director and Deputy Director. The position is responsible for the development, coordination, and management of the Ethics Committee’s non-adjudication virtual and in-person work, including the critical multi-year Ethics Code Task Force (“ECTF”). The position will also be responsible for developing and spearheading all non-adjudication, policy-related agenda items for Board of Directors, Council Leadership Team or Council of Representatives agendas. The position will set priorities and deadlines and work closely with other staff regarding the implementation of meeting logistics, communications, and budget. This position will likely require significant evening and weekend work.


A bachelor’s degree is required. Social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science) or communications preferred.

A minimum of eight year’s prior experience with progressively independent responsibility as a staff liaison or constituent liaison, or equivalent experience in association work, governance processes, and/or legislative or policy analysis. Relevant graduate degree may be considered in lieu of some work experience.    

Excellent written and communication skills.

Ability to handle confidential material with utmost discretion.

Ability to self-start, work independently with attention to detail, and multi-task in an environment of frequent interruption; excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize, including readjusting priorities as demands change.


This position acts as the primary governance staff liaison for the Ethics Committee and the ECTF for non-adjudication operations and will:

Develop, coordinate and manage the Ethics Committee’s non-adjudication work including all virtual and in-person meeting agendas, schedules, and supporting materials;

Support the Ethics Committee’s participation in its review of external guidelines and other governance documents providing governance advice, background materials, and managing written responses;

 Initiate, coordinate, and oversee the development of governance-related communications;

 Develop, coordinate and manage the work of any Ethics Committee non-adjudication-related taskforces or workgroups throughout their tenure, including shepherding the process for all governance-related approvals, developing yearly budget estimates and requesting funding as necessary. Currently this would include the critical Ethics Code Task Force (ECTF) reviewing and revising the APA Ethics Code which will involve year-round virtual work, in-person meetings, and the development and management of an ECTF public comment system for obtaining comments to draft versions of the new APA Ethics Code.;

 Develop, coordinate, and manage non-adjudication and policy agenda items, including shepherding them through the approval process, for Board of Directors, Council Leadership Team, and Council of Representatives (Ethics Committee, Board of Directors, and Council of Representatives agenda items related to adjudication are managed by the Director of Board and Committee Investigations.);

 Draft and maintain meeting minutes for the non-adjudication Ethics Committee agenda and the ECTF and act as archivist overseeing the maintenance of a record of related meeting materials by the Ethics Administrative Assistant;Ensure that the Ethics Director and Deputy Director are informed and up-to-date on all critical governance issues, any problems as they arise, and general status of work;

Coordinate with the Director of Board and Committee Investigations concerning the interaction between non-adjudication agendas and the adjudication work of the Ethics Committee.

Coordinate with the Manager, Office and Technology concerning budget projections related to the Ethics Committee, communicate budget projections related to the ECTF and other task forces or work groups for inclusion in any yearly budgets, and manage governance expenditures related to the Ethics Committee and the ECTF.

 Coordinate with the Manager, Office and Technology and other staff regarding meeting organization and logistics.

 Other Duties as Assigned.    


Microsoft Word – Advanced user; PowerPoint – Intermediate user; Internet searches – Advanced user; Outlook and email – Advanced user


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.

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