The Carter Center: Associate Director, Mental Health Program

  • Nonprofit Full Time
  • Georgia
  • City: Atlanta

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Nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA.

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 and 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.



The Associate Director designs and coordinates the Mental Health Program U.S.-focused Public Policy operations and activities, including public policy development, policy analysis, issue research, coalition building, and grassroots advocacy. They lead 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 parity, school-based behavioral health programs, and early intervention/prevention. They collaborate across programs within the Mental Health Program (including the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and Global Behavioral Health) and other Carter Center programs, when applicable, while leveraging external partnerships and managing coalitions. This position will report to the Director of the Mental Health Program. The position is based in Atlanta, and domestic travel is required as needed.



Directs the planning, development, and operations of a program.
Collaborates with representatives from private, government, and international agencies.
Plans, executes, and monitors program budgets, including approval of expenditures; prepares annual financial and program reports to external parties with interests in the program.
May engage in fundraising initiatives on behalf of the program.
Ensures that the program is in compliance with federal and international laws and regulations.
Oversees program communications, including development of communications strategies, development of key program messages, production of print and electronic materials, and reputation management.
Represents the program in various national and international fora, and actively engages with representatives from other NGO’s for purposes of conducting research and designing new initiatives.
May supervise program staff. Performs other related duties as required.


Bachelor’s degree in field related to specific program as indicated and six years program related experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, or Public Health with at least seven years of proven public policy analysis, development, and/or implementation experience in a state, national, or international context is preferred.
Possesses the ability to work across multiple projects concurrently within a time-sensitive environment.
The ideal candidate will exhibit a high level of personal energy and possess a positive attitude.
The Associate must demonstrate exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
Must have the ability to work well with others in a highly collaborative environment, learn quickly, be flexible and adapt to challenges.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.


NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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