The Center for Mind-Body Medicine: Executive Assistance

  • April 09, 2021

Logo of The Center for Mind-Body MedicineThe Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, DC, is the world’s leader in bringing healing to psychologically traumatized communities during and after wars, climate-related disasters, and school shootings, and those that have been devastated by the opioid epidemic, poverty, and historical trauma. A significant current focus is on the trauma caused by COVID-19 and by political division and economic inequities. Our work—as well as the need for it—is expanding exponentially. We are currently recruiting an individual to support this expansion via the role of Executive Assistant (EA) to Dr. James S. Gordon, the Founder and Executive Director of CMBM. 

Dr. Gordon, a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, is a thought leader and trailblazer in integrative medicine. A former researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and a clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown Medical School, Dr. Gordon has, for decades, worked with individuals and communities around the world to address the deleterious effects of trauma through a practical, accessible, evidence-based approach. In his new book, Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing (HarperOne, 2019)he delineates this approach: the first comprehensive, evidence-based program for reversing the biological and psychological damage from trauma and for discovering and growing through its challenges to become the people we’re meant to be.

The ideal candidate for the position of EA to Dr. Gordon is an individual who is detail-oriented, hardworking, compassionate, diplomatic, and committed to excellence. Individuals who have previously held the position of EA to Dr. Gordon have hailed from diverse educational and experiential backgrounds, and have continued on from the position to work in competitive settings or pursue graduate level education in disciplines such as management, accounting, psychology, behavioral health, law, and medicine. Candidates for the position of EA to Dr. Gordon should expect to gain invaluable exposure to evidence-based integrative approaches to psychological trauma healing and collaborate with talented CMBM faculty members and professionals from across the U.S. and world. 

The position of EA to Dr. Gordon can be extremely demanding. Candidates should be flexible and willing to assume diverse responsibilities as they support Dr. Gordon in the development, cultivation, and implementation of trauma-healing programs. The tasks of the EA may include both the provision of conventional administrative and personal support to Dr. Gordon, such as taking dictations, calendar management, making travel arrangements, assembling background materials for meetings and events, providing front-line reception services, conducting research and preparing reports to support professional writing endeavors, coordinating communications and the flow of information among CMBM’s staff, traveling with Dr. Gordon to workshops, programs, and conferences, and managing daily household tasks. Tasks may also include the navigation and management of special projects, assignments, and relationships that are confidential and sensitive in nature: interacting with Dr. Gordon’s patients, attendees at training events and conferences, and acting as a liaison with donors, partners, other thought leaders in the healthcare environment, and the general public.

Required Qualifications: The EA must have a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training, as well as sound judgment, diplomacy skills, and the ability to take initiative. The EA must also have:

  • Proven ability to organize assignments and tasks with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing, with the ED, managers, staff, faculty, alumni/donors, and interns
  • Demonstrable writing experience and grammatical expertise, along with fast typing skills
  • Understanding or ability to quickly gain understanding of The Center For Mind-Body Medicine’s culture and mission
  • Kindness and generosity of spirit
  • A top notch sense of humor!! :)
  • Thorough knowledge of common computer application programs including Microsoft Word and Excel, Gmail, Zoom, Cloud storage, Google Drive, and Google Calendar
  • Facility with social media
  • Adaptable, flexible, and excels under pressure
  • Strong service orientation
  • Ability to research information on the Internet
  • Analytical skills to research and present information and data in formats as appropriate
  • Ability to use high-level discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Ability to set up rooms and AV for meetings, Skype and Zoom calls, and in-house meetings, as well as minor IT support and troubleshooting for PC and TV

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please email your cover letter, two writing samples, and resume to David Rosenstein at drosenstein[at]cmbm.org.


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