Director, Mary A. Rackham Institute

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The University of Michigan is seeking a strategic and collaborative leader with clinical, training, and administrative experience to direct the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI). MARI offers clinical services to address mental health and language and literacy challenges for students, faculty, staff, and the public. Its mission is to serve the university and broader community with compassionate, science-based services for mental health, language and literacy concerns; and to provide outstanding training and education to the next generation of service providers. The MARI Director will have an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with MARI staff and partner organizations to lead and develop creative, interdisciplinary approaches to services, training, research, and community engagement.

The position of MARI Director is a 50% appointment. For external candidates, the remaining 50% will be held as a working clinical appointment within MARI. For current University of Michigan employees, the balance of the director’s appointment can be located in an academic department of the university or also held as a working clinical appointment within MARI. The salary will be competitive based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. We intend to select a candidate for the position who can begin work in July 2023.

Appointment as the MARI Director is an ideal position for a university faculty member from a variety of disciplines or backgrounds, including psychology, psychiatry, social work, or language and communication, who can combine this responsibility with an on-going faculty role. Likewise, the directorship is ideal for a university staff member working within these disciplinary perspectives who may combine the role with a MARI clinical appointment. Applicants need not have a current active research program, although research experience and a track record of research and publication is welcome.

Founded in 1936, the MARI has a $4.4 million annual operating budget and 100 +staff, (including 60+ trainees) and several volunteers in its three constituent centers: University Center for Language and Literacy (which houses the University of Michigan Aphasia Program), University Psychological Clinic, University Center for the Child and Family, and the shared Central Office. MARI offers an APA-accredited training program for clinical psychology graduate students in addition to training opportunities for social workers,psychiatrists and speech-language pathologists. Training is core to MARI's mission, as is its commitment to passing along experience and expertise to the next generation of practitioners. MARI partners with several University departments, research centers, and service providers in pursuit of its clinical and training mission.

MARI is a unit of the Rackham Graduate School and is an integral part of the system of clinical care at the University of Michigan. The MARI Director reports to the Dean of Rackham. MARI and the University are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion as a means of achieving and sustaining excellence. For more information, please see

This posting will remain active until the position is filled.


Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Provide strategic leadership of new and ongoing MARI services, interdisciplinary training programs, and collaborative research initiatives. Align plans, staffing, and fiscal resources with strategic directions. Develop institutional partnerships to advance MARI’s clinical and interprofessional training mission. Engage in marketing and fundraising. Represent MARI within and outside the University to develop collaborative initiatives and alliances with relevant professional agencies and organizations.

Provide effective, efficient cross-unit clinical and research administration, shared business operations support to, and oversight of MARI sub-units. Ensure MARI subunits become unified under a collective vision and strategy for the comprehensive organization. Ensure compliance with University, federal, HIPAA, Council of Accreditation, financial, employment, IT and network security regulations and requirements. Ensure continuous staff professional training and development. Ensure productive referral and reimbursement relationships with other providers and insurers.

Provide direct functional and administrative supervision of the MARI clinic directors and other MARI staff.

Coordinate with Rackham’s Dean and Senior Administrative Director on strategic and budgetary direction of MARI with both short and long-term forecasts. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D or M.D. with 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in a relevant APA field of study and/or clinical practice.
  • Licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or speech-language pathologist.
  • Demonstrated leadership in high-quality clinical settings and experience in providing effective clinical training
  • Demonstrated integrity, ethics, judgment, and creative problem solving skills in clinical, training, and research settings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated experience in creating and sustaining inclusive environments for patients, staff, and trainees.
  • Ability to create a positive organizational culture through demonstrated skills in mentorship, collaboration, and engagement.
  • Experience in budgeting and fiscal management. Knowledge of the reimbursement environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to provide leadership in a highly interactive environment characterized by multiple, and occasionally competing, goals, priorities and interests.
  • Progressively responsible administrative experience in a mental health or rehabilitative setting, and the ability to successfully navigate the complexities of a university setting.
  • Evidence of commitment to education and training of clinical providers and clinical researchers, with a commitment to the integration of science and practice.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in academic or clinical administrative operations management and resource development including a commitment to the provision of excellent, accessible, flexible and responsive clinical services and the ability to develop and implement innovative clinical programs and collaborative research.
  • Knowledgeable of University of Michigan’s objectives and the academic goals of clinical education.
  • Knowledge of the strengths and contributions of current and potential partners for MARI units.
  • Understands the complexities and applications of new technologies related to clinical care.

Application Deadline

This posting will remain active until the position is filled.

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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.