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Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) seeks a dynamic, strategic leader to serve as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director.

The American Psychiatric Association is the premier psychiatric organization that advances mental health as part of general health and well-being.

The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to:

  • promote universal and equitable access to the highest quality care for all people affected by mental disorders, including substance use disorders;
  • promote psychiatric education and research;
  • advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and
  • serve the professional needs of its membership.

The CEO and Medical Director of APA will serve as a national leader for the psychiatric profession at a key moment when the field is in a time of flux. They will inherit a strong organization that is well-positioned to meet the challenges facing the profession of psychiatry today.

The next CEO and Medical Director should be a dynamic leader who can work with various constituents, including the Board, staff, and members, to develop and implement a transformational strategy that meets the needs of its members and the moment in time for the profession.

They will leverage APA’s role as a convener to provide forums for discussion and idea sharing to meet the challenges facing the field today.

The Board has appointed a search committee and retained Heidrick & Struggles to lead the search for APA’s next CEO.

The full position specification, with a full list of responsibilities and criteria for the next CEO and Medical Director can be found here (.pdf).

Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

American Psychiatric Association will be assisted by Tonya Muse, Teraesa Vinson, David Burd, and Erin Kneeley of Heidrick & Struggles, Inc.

Nominations and applications should be directed to: [email protected]

The APA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 and older), disability, marital status, and genetic information in accordance with applicable federal, state, or local law.

All APA employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved or authorized by the World Health Organization or U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Proof of vaccination, or having an accommodation request approved by APA, will be required.

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