Executive Director/CEO, Membership, Project Management/Program Development
MCI USA seeks an Executive Director for its client, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). This position is based out of Chicago and requires someone to work from the Chicago office at least 50-75% of the time.
The AACS Executive Director is responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs of AACS and in achieving programmatic and financial goals specified by the AACS Board of Trustees and strategic plan. The Executive Director will oversee the strategic and tactical initiatives, operations, governance and operating budget of the Academy’s activities and operations. The Executive Director will be responsible for effectively communicating AACS’s purpose, plan, goals and objectives both internally and to external stakeholders, including AACS members, the healthcare industry and the general public. The Executive Director will serve as the liaison between the AACS staff team and leadership and ensure that all activities of AACS are conducted in a manner consistent with AACS mission statements, exempt status, budget, governing documents, and MCI USA’s corporate objectives.
The role is broad in scope and is the perfect opportunity for someone who is interested in owning end-to-end operational programs. This individual must have a sustained record of realizing organizational growth, have excellent communication and board relations skills, have at least five years of executive-level managerial experience with healthcare (medical/surgical) related associations. Graduate degree and/or Certified Association Executive (CAE) strongly preferred.
The Executive Director will report directly to the MCI USA Association Solutions Executive Vice President (Chicago) and will collaborate closely with the AACS staff team to successfully deliver managed services.
In addition to possessing strong business and leadership skills, the members of AACS expect the Executive Director to be an inspirational leader with experience with and knowledge of AACS, able to establish a strong standing in the industry and to readily identify opportunities to influence industry direction in support of the Academy’s mission.
The position requires occasional evening and weekend work. The job also requires occasional travel (domestic and international) to achieve the Academy’s objectives.
The Executive Director will oversee the following responsibilities and work closely with the AACS staff team to monitor the progress of key programs and operations activities.
Strategy and Planning
In collaboration with the Board of Trustees and staff, develops, plans, and implements strategies, objectives, programs, and initiatives that deliver on the AACS’s mission, strategic goals, and priorities.
Regularly reviews the strategic plan, reporting progress in order to ensure that priorities and resources align.
Enhances AACS’s reputation as the go-to organization for cosmetic surgery education within the industry.
Oversees operations, organization, communication and administration of Board meetings.
Collaborates with the Board of Trustees to oversee the process related to elections, appointments and leadership training.
Communications, Public Relations and Partnerships
Serves as a key internal and external spokesperson for AACS, in conjunction with the President, speaking for the Academy to the media and public.
Oversees efforts to enhance organizational visibility and awareness, including further efforts to develop relationships with relevant partner organizations.
Responsible for ensuring regular and ongoing communications with leadership and membership.
Willingness to be engaged in periodic evening conference calls, committee meetings that are held several weekends each year, and a willingness to fully commit to being present at the yearly AACS events.
Develops and oversees membership engagement models that respond to the needs of a diverse profession and promote membership growth and retention.
Finance and Operations
Works with staff to develop and propose an annual organizational budget for Board of Trustees approval.
Oversees day-to-day operations and is responsible for establishing and implementing operating and financial objectives, policies, procedures and reporting.
Responsible for all Academy activities and ensures that they are properly conducted and accounted for to the Board of Trustees.
Accountable for financial stability, as well as regular reporting to the Board and/or Finance Committee.
Identifies and recommends non-dues revenue opportunities to the Board for implementation.
Collaborates with staff, Board of Trustees, and member volunteers; oversees and manages the development and execution of policy goals and tactics aligned with the strategic plan.
Monitors federal agencies and policy issues to ensure a proactive role in influencing policy or legislation that could affect AACS, its members and the industry.
Encourages and leverages, with appropriate resources, member engagement in advocacy efforts aligned with AACS’s goals.
Oversees development of AACS communications strategies related to advocacy matters.
Events, Professional Learning and Development
Engages volunteers and staff to oversee the development of learning resources, tools and activities to enhance the membership’s expertise and practice.
Reviews professional development programs and activities considering current and future trends.
Works with volunteer leaders and staff to ensure the success of all events.
Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s degree. Graduate degree and/or equivalent credentials or work experience preferred.
Experience as an Executive Director for a similar size, healthcare organization preferred.
Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential strongly preferred.
A minimum of five years of experience in a senior leadership role.
Experience with governance in a nonprofit association.
Proven track record of organizational success in senior management, handling multiple goals, staff management.
Key Skills and Abilities
Effective communicator and public speaker.
Customer service orientation and a desire to learn.
Strong writing skills.
Strong financial management and business sustainability skills.
Strategic thinker who can see the big picture and motivate stakeholders toward a common vision.
Ability to respect various viewpoints and unite people around a common goal.
Ability to multi-task; comfortable with use of technology in various settings.
Personal and Professional Qualities
Keen listener available to volunteer leaders based on varying schedules.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, with a mastery of various forms of media and technology.
Content knowledge and grounding in corporation structure, policy and trends.
Connects with people and connects others.
Flexible servant-leadership style; able to work with internal and external partners.
The Executive Director will be assessed and measured by your ability to develop and execute AACS strategies, plans, programs, tactics and processes that result in organizational growth, including membership acquisition and retention, programmatic growth, financial growth, product and service diversification and operational efficiency.
The Executive Director will be required to submit an annual draft of operating objectives for review and approval of the Board. Included in this draft will be goals for:
Retaining and increasing membership, including increasing member awareness of and engagement with Academy activities;
Ensuring the Annual Scientific Meeting continues to be the premier event for AACS members, partners, supporters, and other participants, including increasing the number of attendees and exhibitors, and that the event meets financial objectives;
Increasing Academy gross revenues through growth in attendance and exhibition at meetings, in membership, and in other activities;
Ensuring the Academy engages in sound financial planning and practices including operating the Academy within the annual budget;
Increasing public awareness and approval of AACS through public relations efforts, public speaking engagements and marketing activity in the industry; and
Participating in federal, state, and local public policy initiatives.
About the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is a 1600+ member association governed by a Board of 20. AACS provides educational opportunities that deliver procedural knowledge, hands-on training and mentorship to cosmetic surgery professionals. Since its inception in 1985, AACS has become the leading educational provider for cosmetic surgery practitioners from a diverse array of medical specialties, including dermatology, oral & maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, general surgery, ophthalmology, and plastic/reconstructive surgery. AACS’s members pursue educational and training opportunities in cosmetic surgery to ensure consistently high-quality patient care. From live surgery workshops to an Annual Scientific Meeting, AACS is the most trusted resource for patient safety through cosmetic surgery education. AACS is committed to the development of the field of cosmetic surgery as a continuously advancing multispecialty discipline that delivers the safest patient outcomes through evidence-based information. AACS can be found online at www.cosmeticsurgery.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. AACS Board of Trustees can be found here.
To be considered for this position, upload (no phone inquiries) your resume, along with cover letter (in PDF format only) and salary requirements (required for consideration).
Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship. MCI USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About MCI USA
MCI is the global leader in engaging and activating audiences. Our business is founded on a simple human insight: When people come together, magic happens. This magic is called community. Since 1987 we have been bringing people together through inspiring meetings, events, congresses and association management. MCI helps organizations harness the power of community by applying our strategic engagement and activation solutions to build unforgettable online and offline experiences that foster change, inspire, educate and enhance business performance. MCI is an independently owned company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and a global presence. Our 3,000+ professionals in 60+ cities and 31 countries work with clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa. Find out more at www.mci-group.com.
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