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Emory Healthcare/Emory University The Carter Center: Senior Program Associate, Rule of Law Program in Atlanta, Georgia

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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 Carter Center recently entered into a partnership with the Atlanta Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD) to help ensure that persons experiencing mental health or substance use issues in the City of Atlanta receive appropriate and effective treatment and support versus incarceration.

  • Specifically, the Center’s Rule of Law and Mental Health Programs are helping to collect, analyze, and use data to understand public awareness, satisfaction, and support of PAD’s services; develop/strengthen relevant administrative and/or legislative policy; and implement outreach campaigns to sustain and expand pre-arrest diversion and deflection work in Georgia.

  • To support this work, the Center’s Rule of Law Program seeks a Senior Program Associate (SPA) who will help design and implement related programming and activities, manage budgets, produce proposals and donor reports, fundraise, and handle public relations.

  • The SPA also liaises with both Carter Center staff and external clients/partners, as required.

  • They may conduct applied research; manage program publications; supervise staff, consultants, and interns, and perform other project responsibilities as assigned.

  • The SPA will report to the Rule of Law Program/ Mental Health Program Associate Director who manages this work.


  • 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.


  • A master’s degree in political science, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, social work, sociology, or related field.

  • Experience with nonprofit organizations and project management preferred.

  • Knowledge of federal grant/contract compliance regulations is helpful.

  • Experience with community engagement in the City of Atlanta/Fulton County is strongly preferred.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word), SharePoint, and Teams preferred.

  • Strong written and communication skills and be detail-oriented, well-organized, and proactive on follow-up.

  • A positive attitude and an excellent sense of humor are essential.

  • Must have a commitment to supporting programming that uplifts communities that are over-policed and under-served, including those who are unhoused, formerly incarcerated, and part of LGBTQIA+ communities.

  • People with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply. Offers are contingent on the successful completion of all required pre-employment based on the responsibilities and location of the job.

  • Special consideration will be given to candidates meeting the minimum qualifications who are also Georgia Certified Peer Specialists.

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.  All non-exempts employees must reside within the State of Georgia. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

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Job Number 120672

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division The Carter Center

Department The Carter Center

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Business Operations

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Carter Center