College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Masters
Salary: Competitive and Negotiable
Research and Information
CPNP has an exciting opportunity for a professional interested in working in the area of mental health, substance use, and pharmacy to support the organizations professional and government affairs work.
CPNP is seeking a Manager of Professional and Government Affairs that reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives. This position is responsible for managing CPNP’s efforts to advance the profession through research, professional affairs, government affairs, and trainee outreach. The manager will contribute to a team committed to identifying, analyzing, developing, implementing and promoting policies, programs, and activities that advance the discipline of psychiatric pharmacy and its practitioners in progressive health care delivery systems. Alongside other professional staff, member volunteers, and government affairs consultants, the manager will represent CPNP in coalitions of peer organizations. This position requires an individual who has experience in public policy and federal legislative and regulatory advocacy with strong communication skills.
Principal activities include:
Serves as staff liaison for Professional Affairs (PA) and Government Affairs (GA) Committees as well as the Resident and New Practitioner Committee.
Refines the language used to communicate the value proposition for psychiatric pharmacists for different audiences.
Contributes to or authors comment letters, public policy statements, policy position papers, issue briefs, infographics, practice profiles, newsletter articles, and other policy documents (one-pagers, talking points, etc.) as needed.
Periodically helps to review and update all advocacy resources.
Stays abreast of current legislation as tracked by GA consultants and recommends CPNP actions in conjunction with GA consultants and committee.
Analyzes current and evolving health policy issues, trends and developments that directly relate to the CPNP mission, goals, objectives, and health policy agenda (see “Advocacy” on cpnp.org).
Identifies and oversees projects to increase support of psychiatric pharmacists among physicians, hospital administrators, and payers.
Supports an advocacy-oriented organizational research agenda that advances the profession, including various forms of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Facilitates writing groups to analyze complex issues and produce internal recommendations or public commentaries with supporting materials.
Drafts regular updates to membership on advocacy activities and website content.
Engages, collaborates, and communicates with medical, pharmacy, other health professional societies, and coalitions to promote and help achieve advancement of patient care in mental health and substance use disorders and/or advancement of the profession.
Participates in appropriate working groups and task forces at the national level that address issues of interprofessional practice, research, and education.
Collaborates with the GA consultant on advocacy activities with the U.S. Congress, Federal agencies and appropriate non-governmental organizations.
Evaluates and refines the Health Policy Agenda and strategy in collaboration with the GA consultant and senior professional staff.
Manages CPNP’s outreach to residents and new practitioners to grow the profession.
Bachelor’s degree required; PharmD or Master’s degree in Public Policy or related field preferred.
At least three years government and professional affairs experience required; knowledge of mental health and addiction policy issues preferred.
Proven success with policymakers and interprofessional and intraprofessional outreach and coalition building; experience working at a medical professional society preferred.
About College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists (CPNP)
The United States is in the midst of a mental health crisis that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 1 in 6 adults having taken a psychiatric medication in the last year. This expansion of pharmacotherapy is overwhelming psychiatrists and other mental health providers. As part of CPNP, you would be part of the solution to improved patient care by educating and advocating for an underutilized member of the mental health treatment team.
CPNP was founded 25 years ago as a 501c6 professional membership organization of clinical pharmacists with specialization in psychiatry. CPNP has grown to a membership of approximately 3,000 with approximately 1400 being practicing psychiatric pharmacists, 200 resident trainees, and 1400 pharmacy student members.
Though a small association and a small staff of soon to be 6, CPNP works organizes and coordinates over 500 volunteers and subject matter experts annually to provide services in the areas of education, information, government affairs, professional affairs, health policy and practice information for pharmacists who work as part of interprofessional teams to provide medication management and care for those living with psy...chiatric, neurologic, and substance use disorders.
CPNP is a provider of high-quality pharmacy education and is an approved provider by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Additionally, CPNP is the sole provider of recertification continuing education for the Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) as approved by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS). In 2020 CPNP served over 2000 learners delivering 23,000+ total hours of ACPE credit. CPNP produces 2 BCPP preparatory educational products, 6 recertification educational products for the BCPP, offers a 4 day hybrid Annual Meeting which is hosted annually in various US cities, and develops and offers various webinars and other continuing education offerings.
CPNP maintains a small, physical office in Lincoln, Nebraska but all employees work remotely.