Deputy Executive Director, IPA, London

Deputy Executive Director, IPA, London

Salary: £65,000 to £70,000, plus benefits

The International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) was founded in 1910 by Sigmund Freud, to be the leading global body for psychoanalysis. Today, the IPA sets training and professional standards for more than 12,000 members practising in more than 60 countries, mainly in Europe, North and South America. The IPA has a turnover of around £2m pa, 10 staff and a trustee board consisting of 21 representatives, seven from each continent. Although the IPA is an established organisation, there are plans for change and growth.  Key growth areas will be with membership numbers and the development and modernisation of the training and qualification offerings.

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Executive Director (Deputy ED) is a newly created position responsible for the management and leadership of the IPA’s staff and the development of processes and infrastructure, ensuring that all aspects of the IPA’s work are effectively managed and delivered.  This role will be hands on, managing and leading on all operational delivery, with a particular focus on developing a performance culture that is proactive, creative and adaptable.  The Deputy ED role will be part of a three person leadership team comprising of the ED, Deputy ED and Finance Director (FD).  The ED is required to spend a significant amount of time working overseas, and for those periods the Deputy ED will deputise.

As an experienced operations or people manager with strong leadership and influencing skills, you will be familiar with organisational development and will come with experience of leading organisational change. You will be intellectually sharp with the ability to operate in a highly politicised environment while maintaining a focus on the broader strategy. You will be comfortable with uncertainty, particularly in an environment where there is no clear “bottom line” but instead a range of often competing demands, a challenge which you will take on with determination and a can-do attitude that will inspire others. Powerful delegation skills and experience of managing a strong staff team made up of different professional backgrounds will be key. The IPA’s administration works almost entirely in English, but you should feel comfortable working in a multilingual, international organisation (French, German or Spanish are therefore an advantage).

This position will be based at the administrative headquarters in North London; however a move to a more central location in London is imminent and you will play a key role in project managing the relocation.

This is a unique role with autonomy, responsibility and the opportunity to develop the operational and cultural infrastructure that will positively support the IPA for many years to come.

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