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Connecticut Psychological Association

Job Title: Director of Professional Affairs, Connecticut Psychological Association

Position Overview:

The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) is seeking a dedicated and dynamic individual to fill the role of Director of Professional Affairs (DPA). The DPA will be responsible for overseeing and advancing the professional interests and well-being of our members, promoting ethical practices, advocating for the field of psychology, and enhancing the CPA’s influence on legislative and regulatory matters related to psychology in the state of Connecticut.  The DPA is the primary contact for CPA members seeking answers to professional practice questions and educating members and staff on the current trends in the profession.  The DPA will monitor a broad range of health care issues and keep the staff, leadership, and members informed by providing regular communications as part of CPA’s overall communication strategy.  As a key member of our team, The DPA will consult with the Executive Director, CPA Board of Directors, Professional Affairs Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Legislative Committee, and Diversity Committee regarding potential and developing practice, insurance, legislation and regulatory matters.  This part-time position offers remote work and flexible hours, providing an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking work-life balance.  Currently offering 2-5 hours/week or up to 20 hours a month with potential to expand the position.

Responsibilities:

1. Advocacy and Public Policy:

– Develop and execute strategic initiatives to advocate for the interests of the psychology profession in legislative and regulatory matters.

– Collaborate with Legislative Committee to influence policies that impact psychologists and mental health services.

– Monitor changes in legislation and regulations that affect the practice of psychology and provide timely updates to CPA members.

2. Ethical and Professional Practices:

  • Serve as the primary resource for professional regulatory, insurance, and practice issues for CPA members and staff.
  • Provide guidance and support to members on ethical and professional dilemmas, promoting the highest standards of practice in the field.
  • Collaborate with the Professional Affairs Committee to address ethical inquiries and ensure compliance with ethical guidelines.

3. Member Support and Education:

– Collaborate with the Continuing Education Committee to develop and organize workshops, seminars, and training programs to support professional development and continuing education for CPA members.

– Offer resources and guidance to psychologists on issues such as licensing, insurance, and practice management.

  • Respond to member inquiries and concerns related to professional practice, ethics, and regulatory matters. Respond to phone and email inquiries in a timely manner.  Monitor content on the Listerve and correct misinformation.
  • The DPA is expected to display openness and sensitivity in addressing diversity issues when applicable in responding to member calls. 

4. Communication and Collaboration:

– Serve as a liaison between CPA, its members, and relevant external organizations, fostering partnerships that promote the interests of psychology.

  • Communicate updates, resources, and developments in the field to members through various channels, including newsletters, emails, social media, and website resources page.  Write articles for the quarterly newsletter.
  • Respond to media requests when applicable.

5. Research and Analysis:

  • Stay informed about current research, trends, and best practices in the field of psychology, using this knowledge to inform advocacy efforts and member support initiatives.
  • Use APA resources to regularly monitor national and statewide trends in healthcare that
    impact psychologists
  • Data Tracking: track categories and volume of monthly member consultation calls 

6. Leadership and Team Collaboration:

– Collaborate with the CPA leadership team to develop and execute strategic plans that align with the association’s mission and goals.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to committees and volunteers working on professional affairs-related initiatives.
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the CPA Board of Directors: Provide DPA reports during CPA board meetings, respond to relevant agenda items and read and respond to Board communications.
  • Act as a resource liaison for the CPA Professional Affairs Committee,
    Continuing Educational Committee, Legislative Committee, Diversity Committee, and the Public Education Committee, as needed, regarding potential and developing practice, insurance, legislation and regulatory matters.

7. Professional Networking:

  • Attend relevant conferences, meetings, and events to represent CPA, connect with other professionals, and stay informed about industry trends, including DPA meetings with APA and APA sponsored trainings on professional/practice issues.
  • Use the APA DPA LISTSERV to communicate regularly with the Directors of Professional Affairs from other states in order to share and collect information related to developments throughout the United States related to psychology education and practice.
  • Be available to attend the annual APA Practice Leadership Conference in Washington DC (approximately 2-4 days in February/March).

Qualifications:

– Doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology from an accredited institution with a minimum of five years clinical experience post licensure.

– Licensed psychologist in the state of Connecticut in good standing, with a thorough understanding of state licensing laws and regulations.

  • Significant working knowledge and/or willingness to develop expertise regarding scope of practice of psychology, ethics and standards of practice, insurance, practice issues, public policy and advocacy, and regulations related to psychology practice.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in using technology for communication and administrative tasks.  Comfort with relevant, current and emerging technology to be used in communicating with CPA members and Board of Directors.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills; ability to work with a wide variety of individuals and provide consultation, education, and information to CPA members in a patient and considerate manner.
  • Evidence of experience with and/or knowledge of diversity issues and their impact on the practice of psychology.
  • Maintain professional conduct at all times in role as DPA.

Benefits:

– Competitive compensation.

– Opportunity to shape the direction of the psychology profession in Connecticut.

– Engaging and supportive work environment.

  • Access to professional development resources and networking opportunities.
  • Use of the APA DPA LISTSERV and attendance at the APA Practice Leadership Conference (4-days typically in February or March).
  • This part-time position offers remote work and flexible hours, providing an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking work-life balance.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter, and references to CPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Meghan Butler at info@connpsych.org. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) deeply values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our organization. We actively encourage individuals from all backgrounds, including those historically underrepresented in our field, to apply for this position. We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all members of our community.