Director of Communications

Director of Communications

Austen Riggs Center

Stockbridge, MA

The Austen Riggs Center is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults (18+) with complex psychiatric problems. The Center specializes in the long-term treatment of psychiatric disorders and offers a completely voluntary continuum of care that includes inpatient, residential and day treatment programs.

Rated a “Best Hospital” in Psychiatry Nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, the Center continually builds on its distinguished past, helping patients develop personal competence in a completely open setting that emphasizes the individual’s capacity to face and take responsibility for his or her life — past, present and future. It nurtures patients’ strengths, fosters their social functioning and encourages family collaboration. Through research and training programs, the Austen Riggs Center educates professionals in its psychodynamic perspective, applying this learning to a broad range of psychosocial problems.

The work of the Austen Riggs Center is highly regarded and unique, and this role is an exceptional one.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Director of Communications will report to the Center’s Medical Director and CEO, frequently working with Center trustees, leadership, clinical staff and communications staff as well as media outlets, public relations professionals and external partners.  S/He must be a sophisticated and exemplary communicator and Center representative. The Director of Communications will oversee a team of five and collaborate with Center colleagues to provide direction as it pertains to internal and external communications including the Center’s website and digital presence, Center publications, press releases and additional communications.

This role is ideal for candidates with 10+ years of communications experience and expertise in digital and social media, management of a comprehensive communications program and science writing. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in healthcare or advocacy settings and who possess development and institutional advancement experience.

To apply or to refer candidates, please contact Gretchen Dwyer, Senior Consultant, LINDAUER at