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Senior Program Associate, Public Policy, Mental Health Program


The Carter Center

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The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA, by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. 

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Job Description

The Senior Program Associate designs, implements, and coordinates the Mental Health Program U.S.-focused Public Policy operations and activities, to include public policy development, policy analysis, issue research, coalition building, and grassroots advocacy. They oversee initiatives to advance public policy change in the U.S., the State of Georgia, and other states/regions in areas including mental health access and equity, school-based behavioral health programs, and early intervention/prevention. They collaborate across programs within the Mental Health Program and other Carter Center programs, when applicable, while leveraging external partnerships. This position will report to the Associate Director for Public Policy. The position is based in Atlanta.

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Employment Type
  • Full Time
Job Duties
  • Designs, implements, coordinates operational facets of a specific program and its related activities.
  • Manages work plans that are designed to accomplish program goals and objectives, and implements changes for improvement and efficiency.
  • Makes decisions on behalf of the program based on critical analyses of operational/statistical reports, financial data and budget forecasts, and outside trends and factors related to the program.
  • May plan, administer or monitor the program's budget, financial management, and/or grants.
  • Takes a leadership role on program-related committees and teams.
  • May develop fund raising initiatives, including researching and identifying funding sources and writing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Conducts program research and ensures that mandatory operational and statistical reports are fact-based and comply with regulations.
  • Serves as liaison with other groups and organizations participating in the program or seeking knowledge of the program, and may write and give speeches/presentations at conferences, university functions, or before various boards.
  • May supervise staff.
  • Ensures that complete and accurate program records are kept and maintained.
Desired skills
  • Master’s degree in Mental health-related field, public policy, public administration or a related field
  • Demonstrated experience in program related to and/or policy analysis.
  • A preferred candidate would have direct federal, state, or local public policy and program development experience.
  • Experience in or knowledge of the social services, social justice, or mental health public policy space.
  • Exemplary communication and relationship management skills.
  • Verbal and written Spanish is a plus.
  • Exceptional attention to detail in the pursuit of high-performing execution, working independently and with a team.
  • Proficiency in social media, project management software, and content management.
Required Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Required qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to specified program areas and four years related program management experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
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