Senior Director for Independent Practice Vacancy


First and foremost, the Senior Director for Independent Practice will be responsible for assuring that the needs of independent psychology practitioners are effectively addressed in APA’s efforts to promote and defend the profession. This full-time position will lead the Association’s efforts to position psychologists working in independent/private practice as leaders and specialists in population health and mental/behavioral health in the United States. Additional responsibilities include matrixed leadership and partnership with APA governance entities, divisions, and/or advisory groups to align goals and strengthen connections between APA and practice communities.  

Education and Experience Required:  

  • Doctoral degree in health service psychology (HSP) – i.e. clinical, counseling, or school psychology. • APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral program and internship is strongly preferred. • Hold a current, active license to practice independently as a psychologist in the U.S., without disciplinary action. Board certification is preferred. 
  • At least 12-15 years of progressively complex professional experience. Experience acquired as part of education/training will be considered.  
  • At least 5 years of experience in personally- or privately-owned independent practice. Each year of experience should be at least half-time (20 hours per week) in the independent practice role. • Membership in APA, a state psychological association, ethnic psychological association, state regulatory board, and/or APA Division with a focus on independent practice (e.g. 42, 31, 29).  History of leadership roles is preferred. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with a wide variety of psychologists, Association members, boards and committees, external stakeholders (e.g. regulators, consultants, and professionals from varied disciplines), and APA staff across various units and with varying levels of job classification. 
  • A high degree of professionalism, discretion, and diplomacy; excellent judgment; well-developed interpersonal skills; a collaborative working style; the ability to solve complex problems; and the ability to concisely express complex concepts to varied audiences. 
  • A problem-solving and growth-oriented mindset; the ability to prioritize and re-prioritize work. • Project management and/or process improvement experience is preferred. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, email, and virtual meetings. 


In partnership with APA governance leaders and members, the Senior Director will cast the vision and lead  the development of best practices and operations regarding independent practice (IP), with an eye toward  the future. Consistent with APA’s strategic goals of (a) preparing the profession for the future and (b)  elevating the public’s regard for and use of psychology, the Senior Director will lead the Independent  Practice team, whose efforts are expected to bolster the advocacy, professional, and business efforts for independent practitioners, strengthen connections between APA and practice communities, and strive to  increase public access to high-quality, equitable, technology-friendly psychological services. 

Goals include creating resources for the business and operations of practice, identifying emerging trends in society or healthcare, striving for population health and health equity, and helping independent  practitioners navigate the challenges in today’s healthcare system such as accountable care, inter-state licensing, digital/virtual care, marketplace competition, burdens of complying with regulations and  payors, and others.  

Achieving these goals will require:  

  • Advanced knowledge about traditional and emerging practice models, professional ethics, and  business operations such as scheduling, record-keeping, financial management, insurance and  private-pay billing, office policies/procedures, and others.  
  • Demonstrable skills in tele/digital practice, community engagement and marketing strategies for  IP, and reaching underserved communities.  
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, patience, and creative problem-solving in a complex  association environment.  
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). • Ability to review and apply research on psychology, health, science, medicine, and other topics. • Ability to build and nurture productive relationships with key APA governance entities, including boards, committees, divisions, and advisory groups for the purpose of aligning priorities relevant  to independent practice. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

It is important for IP initiatives to align with and enhance APA’s strategies for healthcare financing,  evidence-based practice, ethics, education and training, EDI, and advocacy, among others, in order to  improve population health and enhance the value and viability of the profession into the future.  Candidates with a background in specialty or general practice will be equally considered. Strong candidates will have robust experience with traditional psychological services such as psychotherapy  and/or testing in an IP environment; history of business ownership is a plus. 

The Senior Director will directly report to the Chief of Professional Practice and participate as a senior  staff member on the Practice Management Team. The Senior Director will co-lead the State Advocacy,  Leadership, & Practice Team with two partners on the Practice Management team. There is opportunity  to participate with other teams on issues such as healthcare financing, state advocacy, practice EDI,  business consulting, or others as preferred or assigned. The Practice Directorate organizational chart is  below. 

About APA: 

The American Psychological Association (APA) represents 133,000 psychologists, students, and affiliates,  primarily in the U.S. and Canada but also in other countries around the world. APA is a scientific and  professional organization with about 500 employees and is categorized as a 501(c)(3) along with its  501(c)(6) companion organization, APA Services, Inc. 

Job Location: Remote: APA jobs may be considered for remote work eligibility as defined in APA’s  Flexible Work Policy and are subject to approval. Remote work employees may not work from the  following states or U.S. territories: Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana,  Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, U.S. Virgin Islands,  Washington, Wyoming. 

Application Instructions: 

Candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should succinctly (2 pages max) describe the candidate’s background, interest and  skills for the role, as well as the candidate’s vision for the future of independent practice. Applications  that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be considered. 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, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender  identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law. 

APA has a mandatory vaccination policy. All employees must be either fully vaccinated or receive  approval from APA for an exemption (disability/medical or sincerely held religious belief) before  beginning work at APA. By submitting your application, you agree that as a condition of employment,  you must comply with APA’s mandatory vaccination policy and other health and safety requirements.

Candidates from minoritized communities or diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted through June 2022.  First-round interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, likely beginning in mid-July.  Start date is negotiable and likely to be late 2022 or early 202

Please email me ( with any questions.  All questions and applications will be treated with strict confidentiality.  Thank you very much for considering this opportunity. 






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