• The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate, Public Policy, Mental Health Program

    Job Number
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    The Carter Center
    The Carter Center
    This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
    Not Applicable
    Job Category
    Business Operations
  • Description



    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.

    The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center.




    Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a long-standing champion for the rights of people with mental illnesses, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses.




    The Sr. Program Associate is responsible for reviewing, evaluating, and monitoring behavioral health policies and legislation to determine their benefits, flaws, and impacts on behavioral health.  This position serves as liaison with stake holders to understand and document needs, concerns, and viewpoints.  Incumbent gathers, analyzes, integrates, and reports on quantitative and qualitative data.  Serving as a policy analyst, the Sr. Program Associate formulates policy reports that synthesize information, benefit constituents, and display evidence on both the state, national, and international level.  This position will provide expertise from the Public Policy area across projects within the Mental Health Program. This position reports to the Program Director for the Mental Health program. The position is in Atlanta, and domestic and international travel is required as needed.




    Master’s degree in Public Policy, Behavioral Health, or Public Health with at least five years of proven public policy analysis experience in a state, national, or international context is preferred. 



    • 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.
    • Performs related responsibilities as required.



    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.


    Additional Details

    Min Rate
    USD $23.75/Hr.
    USD $31.78/Hr.

    Min Annual Rate
    USD $49,400.00/Yr.
    Mid Annual Rate
    USD $66,100.00/Yr.


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