International Positive Psychology Association

Executive Director – VIRTUAL POSITION


The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), a 501(c)3 organization that promotes the science and practice of positive psychology and facilitates communication and collaboration among positive psychology researchers and practitioners around the world is seeking its first paid Executive Director (ED). Positive psychology is the scientific study of what enables individuals and organizations to thrive.

The 12-year-old association offers its 2,000+ members an impactful biennial World Congress, a member community web platform (IPPA Engage), a monthly News Round-up email, a regular live webinar series (PPLS), a virtual Learning Library, awards, and communities of practice known as Divisions. They have started comprehensive strategic discussions to grasp the huge potential for the Association as the field continues to expand. One of the most important future strategic aims is to raise significant monies to fund new collaborative research and to support educational initiatives to increase thriving across the world.

The Association seeks an entrepreneurial individual with social behavioral science research appreciation, more than five years of supervisory experience, association management expertise, successful fundraising and membership development, and a strong business acumen. They are ready for someone to help them go to the next level of providing massive exposure to the field and its findings. This organization is truly international with 50 countries represented within the 1,600 attendees at the recent World Congress held in Australia, July 18-21.

The individual selected will lead a financially sound and dynamic association that is well respected and has a high level of member engagement. The 10-member Board and 50-member Council of Advisors are comprised of international thought leaders respected in the field. The Association has been blessed with a volunteer Executive Director for their formative years. The Association has a budget of just over a million dollars on a two-year cycle, in conjunction with the biennial World Congress. They are looking to the new ED to create programs and revenue that will provide financial consistency.

The Search Committee desires a progressive leader with a passion for growth, innovation, risk-taking, and realistic implementation of business plans, who is able to build collaborations, maximize a collaborative volunteer environment, understands the culture of academia and professional practice across a variety of domains, and is a great person that others want to be around. Valuing diversity in all elements of the Association is also a priority.

Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred. International travel is required to represent the Association. Position requires utilization of new technologies. Compensation commensurate with experience and the responsibilities of the job.

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Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and salary expectations by December 6, 2019 to:


Cheryl Ronk, CAE FASAE

Attention: IPPA Search Committee

420 Northlawn Ave.

East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: 517-930-9149

Fax: 517-708-7392