The mission of the Michigan Psychological Association (MPA) is to improve the health of the people of Michigan by advancing the science, education and practice of psychology. We are the Michigan affiliate of the American Psychological Association. Our vision is to be the primary professional home for Michigan psychologists by providing legislative advocacy, continuing education, professional networking, and promotion of health service psychology.
MPA is a volunteer-driven organization with a current membership of 748, a Board of Directors with 20 voting members, 15 active committees, and three active task forces. All staff are part-time contractors, including the Executive Director (ED), Public Policy Consultant, and Communications Assistant. MPA contracts with an association management firm for administrative and lobbying services. The organization has achieved consistent financial stability and is debt-free.
The Executive Director enjoys a highly engaged and skilled volunteer board, the members of whom not only provide strategic vision but also assist actively in operations in such key areas as membership, financial oversight, programming, communications, outreach and advocacy.
We are currently experiencing growth in our membership, programming, advocacy, and outreach, and seek a new Executive Director with the strategic vision and the organizational, technical and communication skills to support and lead MPA into this new era of growth.
Role of the Executive Director
Reporting to the President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for MPA’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will develop deep knowledge of MPA’s core programs, operations, and strategic goals.
The Executive Director is a liaison between MPA and the American Psychological Association, sitting on the Council of Executives of State and Provincial Psychological Associations (CESPPA) and ensuring MPA’s adherence to APA policies and procedures.
Leadership & Management:
Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals.
Actively engage and energize MPA’s board members, committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
Maintain and support a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio member of the Board, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, and Program Committee; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing operations.
Lead, coach, develop, and retain MPA staff.
Ensure effective systems to track progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, members, and other constituents.
Fundraising & Communications:
Expand non-dues revenue opportunities to support and expand program operations.
Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations, with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
Planning & New Business:
Build partnerships beyond the existing membership base and provide leadership in recruiting and retaining new members.
Participate actively in publishing and communicating program results to enhance MPA’s statewide successes.
The ED will be thoroughly committed to MPA’s mission. All candidates must have documented leadership, strategic thinking, and management experience, a proven record of innovation and problem solving, growing organizations’ membership and diversity, and supporting and building collegial relationships with board members.
At least five years of management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation and accountability.
Excellence in organizational management, with the ability to manage high-performance teams, achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
Commitment to, and past success in, increasing diversity in organizational membership.
Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to organizational planning.
Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
Please submit a letter of interest, résumé, and sample of public-facing communication to firstname.lastname@example.org
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: This job can be performed remotely
0.6 FTE (24 hours a week) on a flex schedule
Paid time off (currently 77 hours/year)
No health or other insurance benefits
Paid membership in CESPPA
Travel expenses to regional and national meetings
Cell phone expenses
About Michigan Psychological Association
Michigan Psychological Association's (MPA) mission is to improve the health of the people in Michigan by advancing the science, education, and practice of psychology. We are the Michigan affiliate of the American Psychological Association. Our vision is to be the primary professional home for Michigan psychologists by providing legislative advocacy, continuing education, professional networking, and promotion of health service psychology.