Executive Director

Massachusetts Institute For Psychoanalysis, Inc. (MIP)

Posted: 8/13/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: Education

City: Boston

Postal code: 02131

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$0 - $1M



Mission statement:

The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) was founded in 1987 to provide high quality training in a comparative approach to psychoanalysis to graduate clinicians in all the mental health fields as well as to academic scholars. The Institute recognizes psychoanalysis as a rapidly changing field and strives to establish a spirit of questioning and inquiry in its curricula and programs. Committed to the alleviation of human suffering, MIP seeks to expand the application of psychoanalysis to an ever widening, more diverse range of individuals and cultural settings.

The Institute conducts training programs for clinicians and scholars of different levels of experience to develop broadly trained, versatile, compassionate, and ethical clinicians, researchers, teachers, and leaders. The Institute’s explicit decision not to designate a limited category of training and supervising analysts assures candidates wide freedom of choice in selecting supervisors and analysts. This policy also broadens and democratizes faculty access to serving as supervisors and personal analysts. The curricula are designed to impart a solid knowledge of the major psychoanalytic approaches while encouraging the continual exploration of the definition of psychoanalysis and the relationship between psychoanalysis and other forms of psychotherapy. MIP also fosters interaction with a wide range of other organizations and academic disciplines with the hope of contributing to the development of our field and the betterment of our world.

As a membership organization, MIP supports the efforts of graduate analysts and other members to practice, learn, and teach. As a community, MIP strives to maintain open pathways to committee membership, teaching and leadership positions, as well as an organizational structure that encourages wide participation by candidates and members in creative discussion of all aspects of Institute life. In all its endeavors, MIP remains committed to excellence, innovation, inquiry, and institutional self-examination.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP), founded in 1987, is a membership organization of psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and academics committed to teaching, learning and practicing psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. From its inception it has sought to widen the scope of psychoanalytic thought through its comparative approach to theory and by expanding its reach to a diverse range of individuals and cultural settings.


Currently the Institute is responsible for running a four-year training program in psychoanalysis, two postgraduate fellowship programs, one in Boston, MA and one in Amherst, MA, and a child and adolescent fellowship program in Boston. In addition we sponsor continuing educational programs for our membership and the wider community.


Summary Job Description

Reporting to the Board President the Executive Director (ED) is the key management officer of MIP.


The Executive Director will be responsible for administering the day-to-day operations of the Institute. Working closely with committee co-chairs and the president the ED will assure the day to day functioning of all aspects of education and training. Additionally, the ED will be responsible for membership services, developing alumni services, financial management (in conjunction with the Board Treasurer), and communications (internal and external). The ED, in collaboration with the president, and relevant committees, will work to implement new programs, a Diversity and Inclusion initiative, a fundraising strategy, and other initiatives. 


Although MIP has been in existence for over 30 years, we are hiring our first Executive Director.

Some of the duties will reflect our 30-year history and track-record, while others may be geared more toward the creation of new systems, protocols, and relationships.  The ED will be able to hire, in conjunction with the board of directors, an additional staff member to help administer the range of organizational needs and responsibilities.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  1. Management and Leadership: Works in close partnership with the Board President to communicate MIP’s mission, vision, and priorities to the broader community.Serves as a thought partner with leadership on issues including but not limited to the following: 1) implementing a new, sustainable financial model dependent on diversified funding streams; 2) creating short and long term goals that meet the needs of MIP’s members and that are mission minded; 3) establishing systems that create efficiencies in an organization highly reliant on volunteer participation. Supervises one staff person, consultants, and interns as needed.  

  2. Program Operations:Oversees the operations of MIP which includes a 4-year training program for candidates, a 2-year fellowship program in Boston, MA and a 1-year program in Amherst, MA, a child fellowship program, a Saturday program series, continuing education courses for the community, and other special and ongoing initiatives. Responsible for maintaining MIP’s accreditation with the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

  3. Marketing and Communications:In conjunction with the Board of Directors, develop, document, and implement a comprehensive multi-channel strategy to strategically market MIP membership, programs, and expertise.

  4. Membership: Ensures that MIP meets and exceeds the expectations of its members. Develops, deploys, and makes use of ongoing and timely feedback mechanisms. With the Administrative Coordinator, responds to member requests.

  5. Fundraising:Works in partnership with the Board of Directors to develop, lead, and expand a small but growing fundraising program including an annual fund, major gifts, and foundation grants. This includes the development of a scholarship program.

  6. Financial Management: Responsible for day-to-day financial management ofthe MIP board approved budget. Works with the Board Treasurer to draft budget, set and monitor financial goals, and produce accurate and timely financial statements and reports for the Board of Directors. Produces periodic forecasts. Responsible for providing relevant documents and reports for annual tax returns.

  7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Ability to integrate best practices in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout program areas in partnership with volunteer leadership.

  8. Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills with an ability to relate to a variety of people.
  • Good listener, quick learner, and intelligent decision-maker. Strong writing and editing skills.
  • A demonstrated track record in successfully leading a program, project, or organization through a period of transition, sustainability, and continued growth;
  • Experience working with or serving on a working Board of Directors and/or membership organization;
  • Willing to solve both the small problems and weigh in on the difficult.
  • Fundraising, marketing, and/or communications experience;
  • Working knowledge of accounting and financial reporting;
  • Experience in event planning and management;
  • Tech savvy with proficiency in Word, Excel, Quickbooks, database and website management;
  • Prior work in a membership organization is a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree a plus; graduate degree within mental health field especially advantageous;
  • Familiarity with professional accreditation a plus.


70-85K/year; health insurance reimbursement and paid holidays and vacation



$75k - 90k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and resume to [email protected]


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