Who We Are

The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) supports leaders from state, county, and city human services agencies to advance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities nationwide. As a bipartisan membership association, we work with our members to generate pragmatic solutions grounded in lived experience with a lens for equity and belonging.

APHSA members administer, oversee, and align programs that build resilience and bolster family well-being through access to food, health care, housing, employment, child care, and many other key building blocks necessary for thriving communities. Our members also work to modernize and align human services Information Technology (IT) systems, performance measurement and data analysis, workforce development and training, and the legal dimensions of the sector.

APHSA connects its members to national policymakers and human-serving organizations across a wide network in the human services sector, as well as key partners in education, housing, employment, and more. APHSA also helps members build more capacity for their teams through access to our professional education and development conferences, technical expertise, publications, and our Organizational Effectiveness practice.

Our Vision

Thriving Communities BUILT on Human Potential.

Our Mission

APHSA advances the well-being of all people by influencing modern approaches to sound policy, building the capacity of public agencies to enable healthy families and communities, and connecting leaders to accelerate learning and generate practical solutions together.

APHSA Careers

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, APHSA is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals, children, families, and communities. Working with and through our members, APHSA promotes innovation in the delivery of human services on the federal, state, local, and community levels.

We believe that all of us should have the opportunity to live healthy lives and be well regardless of where we live, what our histories are, or what our life experiences have been. We are a group of people who work together in smart, collaborative, and innovative teams. We welcome new ideas, different perspectives, and creative thinking. We respect and encourage individuality.

Team members know they are working for a cause, not just a paycheck. We believe that innovating and improving human services delivery has the power to change lives. This ideology drives everything we do, every day, in support of our members and the people they serve.

Join Our APHSA Team

It's a great place to work! Why? The people and the mission.

We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, paid time off and 401(K).

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. We welcome and encourage applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

If you have a disability and need any accommodation in the application process, please contact us at (202) 682-0100 x 287.

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Career Opportunities in Human Services

APHSA also serves as a clearinghouse for job opportunities throughout the human services sector. Employers look to APHSA for assistance in filling open positions, and job seekers will find a bevy of prospects throughout the country.

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