Director of IFT: Job Description

Title of Post: Director
Accountable to: The Chair of the Board of Trustees
Salary: £70,206 – £85,333 pa pro rata
Time commitment: 3 days per week

Overall Purpose

To maintain the Institute as a leading organisation in the field of family therapy and systemic practice, and thereby;

  • Identify, develop, and agree with the Board of Trustees, the vision and strategic direction for the organisation;
  • Implement the objectives for achieving that vision set with the Board of Trustees;
  • Lead and manage the organisation.


  • To have overall leadership responsibility for the complete range of activities within the Institute.


  • To work with the Board of Trustees to set the strategic direction of the Institute, to draw up an annual business plan and budget, and to maintain a suitable framework of operating policies;
  • To work with the Board of Trustees to identify key risks and plans to mitigate them;
  • To implement decisions made by the Board of Trustees;
  • To report to the Board of Trustees on the Institute’s progress through performance data and other means;
  • To make recommendations to the Board of Trustees about the Institute’ work and direction;
  • To work with the Chair to ensure that the Board of Trustees functions effectively;
  • To attend General Meetings, Trustee Meetings, the Finance & General Purposes Committee and such other sub-groups of the Board as required.


  • To have overall management responsibility for the Institute, so as to provide leadership and support to the staff, and ensure their work is properly managed and appraised, and kept under review;
  • To have line management responsibility for the members of the Senior Management Team [see structure chart];
  • To have overall responsibility for the finances, the management of which is delegated to the Director of Operations, so as to ensure that finances of the Institute are stable, and that all commitments are met within budget.


  • To maintain a policy framework suitable for the effective running of the Institute, so as to ensure that the Institute’s policies on all matters, including complaints, confidentiality, data protection, safeguarding & domestic abuse, ethics, employment, health & safety, and finance, are fit for purpose and fall within current legislation;
  • to ensure the implementation and review of acceptable financial procedures, insurance etc.

External Relationships: Partnerships and Promotion

  • To establish effective relationships with members, external bodies, all stakeholders, the public and the media;
  • To develop and maintain strategic alliances & partnerships in particular those with other professional, academic and regulatory institutions;
  • To take the lead role in maintaining and negotiating developments between the Institute and its validating University partner;
  • To be the main public face of the Institute, including representing the organisation in media relations;
  • To seek external funds to support both specific projects and the general work of the Institute, where this is appropriate.

Teaching & Lecturing

To contribute directly to the Institute’s programme of teaching & lecturing and thereby:

  • To have overall responsibility for the agency based training in other parts of the United Kingdom;
  • To have overall responsibility for the agency based training overseas;
  • To develop other agency based training programmes in the UK and overseas;
  • To teach on other programmes organised by the Institute of Family Therapy, as required.

Ethics, Complaints and Equal Opportunities

  • To ensure that the Ethics policy is regularly updated as per developments in the field;
  • To have overall responsibility for the Complaints procedure;
  • To ensure that Equality & Diversity issues are regularly monitored and evaluated.

Other Responsibilities

  • To maintain and develop the membership base of the Institute;
  • To carry out other such appropriate duties as and when required.

Person Specification



  • Education to postgraduate degree standard or equivalent
  • To be registered as a psychotherapist with UKCP or an equivalent body
  • To be a qualified Social Worker or be able to demonstrate considerable experience and activity in a social work context
  • To be registered, or eligible for registration, as a clinical supervisor with AFT

Skills and Experience

  • At least 6 years relevant post-qualifying experience
  • At least 2 years experience in a leadership role
  • To have high level skills in management with proven ability to manage staff and delegate effectively
  • Ability to initiate, develop and implement strategy, thereby developing ideas as a strategic thinker.
  • Experience of managing a substantial budget and understanding of financial management
  • To have high level skills in training in family and systemic psychotherapy
  • To have good negotiation skills
  • To be able to take initiative and responsibility for one’s own work and to also work as a member of a team
  • To have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • To have strong administrative skills
  • To have good IT skills including use of Microsoft Office software and internet use
  • To have an understanding of legal matters in relation to the Institute
  • To be able to write for publication
  • ·Excellent self-presentation, energy and enthusiasm
  •  Ability to work under pressure and a willingness to work flexible hours
  • An understanding of, and a commitment to, diversity issues

Other Qualities/Requirements

  • To be available to travel and work both within the United Kingdom and
  • To be available to work flexible hours on occasion including evenings



      • A management qualification

Skills and Experience

  • Writing for publication