For 30 years AHP has worked passionately to improve health systems and business operations through research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and professional consulting to help organizations and individuals reach their full potential.
How to Get Hired
We asked Advocates for Human Potential for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
We look for people with a desire to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. (This includes people with addictions and substance use issues, those in the criminal justice system, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals with mental health problems and veterans). People who have a desire to work in an adult environment where initiative is celebrated and inertia is discouraged do well at AHP. We like people who possess a desire to work as part of a team, rather than a “lone ranger.” Finally, we want people with a passion for and a love of the work that we do, but who also have a balance in their life.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
People who come prepared get our attention. We’re looking for people who truly understand our mission and have a passion for helping those we serve. At the same time, we like candidates who ask a lot of questions. These individuals comprehend that they don’t know everything and aren’t afraid to let others know this. They ask insightful questions, and you can tell that they leave any interview or other interaction having learned something new. We don’t need our candidates to create over-the-top videos or send balloons (though once in a while that would be a lot of fun). We’d rather concentrate on substance and have people get our attention by showing us that they are confident yet inquisitive individuals.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
We are always on the lookout for passionate people who are subject matter experts in the areas we cover. These topics include, behavioral health, domestic violence, veterans issues, housing and homelessness, substance use disorders, and more. Many of our staff have advanced degrees in social work or public and health policy. Moving forward, we will be looking for people with data analysis skills in addition to those listed above. The ability to analyze and understand data will become more and more important to our success in the coming years.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
The best thing candidates should do to find out more about AHP is to spend time on our website. We recently redesigned it and put a lot of thought into how it would be used, not only for prospective clients, but for applicants and people interested in working at AHP. Candidates should also go to our LinkedIn page, where they can get a better sense of the real-world effects of what we do. There, they will find the latest news about AHP, articles and blogs from our subject matter experts, links to when our people get quoted in the press, and descriptions of when they are appointed to significant positions on boards or commissions. You can understand the breadth of topics we cover and see how we have an impact in the world of behavioral health by utilizing these resources.