Executive Director

New York State Psychological Association | Albany, New York


The New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) announces a search to identify candidates in selection of a new Executive Director. NYSPA is New York's largest professional organization representing licensed psychologists.

The New York State Psychological Association, with more than 2200 clinicians, researchers, educators, consultants and students in the field of psychology as members, is New York's preeminent and largest professional organization representing licensed psychologists. Headquartered in the state capital of Albany, NY, it has an annual operating budget of $600,000. Established in 1921, NYSPA's mission is to advance the science and practice of psychology by supporting excellence in education, training, research, advocacy and service. As a pioneering organization for psychology in America, NYSPA has been in the forefront of significant professional and historical advances in the field as the first established state psychological association, the first psychological association to initiate legislation recognizing psychology as a profession, and the first to adopt an official code of ethics.  

NYSPA is affiliated with the American Psychological Association. NYSPA and its foundation (the Foundation of the New York State Psychological Association) are 501(c)(6) and 501(c)(3) organizations respectively.

Job Summary

The Executive Director (ED) will act in partnership with the Executive Committee and the Council of Representatives to assure the accomplishment of NYSPA's mission and vision. 

Under the incoming Executive Director, focus will be on the following objectives:

  • Work with volunteer governance to determine and facilitate a realistic strategic vision.
  • Build trust, collaboration and cohesion among multiple internal constituencies.
  • Grow financial sustainability through membership expansion, revenue growth, and resource development.
  • Forge key alliances to enhance NYSPA initiatives in current and emerging areas of impact.
  • Integrate branding, marketing and social media to engage internal stakeholders and strategic partners.


Responsible for stewardship of the council's human, material and fiscal assets, the ED provides oversight for policies and practices that enhance the participation of members and leverage the roles of staff, committees and volunteers to effectively engage the membership and strategic partners in non-profits, academia, mental health organizations, educational institutions and the government. The ED will direct the corporate strategic plan through the formulation and implementation of short to long range objectives and actions needed to achieve NYSPA's goals.


The ideal candidate will possess outstanding dedication to the nonprofit sector, with emphasis on professional associations. In addition, this individual's strengths will include broad based business skills with a minimum of three years' comparable executive-level experience including P&L, and leadership roles of progressive responsibility that increased organizational capacity, strategic focus and operational effectiveness. Experience in driving advocacy initiatives and familiarity with the legislative processes of New York State is preferred.

The ED will be a person of strong values and integrity who combines vision, strategic and operational planning competencies, collaborative leadership, and effective decision making. It will be important for the candidate to embrace and encourage a culture of cooperation, respect and transparency. This individual will attract, develop and retain superior talent that is results-driven and responsive to a fast-paced environment. The candidate will have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at the interpersonal and organizational level, internally and externally, and to serve as NYSPA's spokesperson.

Additional desired qualifications include nonprofit board development and relations, a demonstrated commitment to diversity, and facility in consensus building. It is expected that candidates will possess a minimum of an undergraduate degree, with an advanced degree and additional educational credentials desired.


Compensation is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Quality benefits package included.

How to Apply

The New York State Psychological Association is an equal opportunity employer.

We urge interested candidates to apply as soon as possible to meet the NYSPA‚Äôs timetable for the selection of a new ED.  The deadline for submitting applications is February 10, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until this important position is filled.  For immediate consideration, please e-mail your cover letter and resume along with salary history to: Dee Fisher-Golden, nyspacareers@nyspa.org.

New York State Psychological Association