The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), located in Washington, DC, is conducting a search for its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With a revenue budget of about $8 million and a staff of 15, IASP’s vision is to work together for pain relief throughout the world. The organization brings together scientists, clinicians, health-care providers, and policymakers to stimulate and support the study of pain and translate that knowledge into improved pain relief worldwide. Sterling Martin Associates has been retained to assist with this search.
Founded in 1973, the IASP is governed by an international Council composed of Officers and Councilors elected by the membership. With more than 7,000 members representing 128 countries, 96 national chapters, and 24 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), IASP fosters the exchange of ideas and education to advance the field of pain science. Membership is open to all professionals involved in research, diagnosis, or treatment of pain.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the chief staff officer responsible for leading and managing staff in implementing the IASP mission, vision and strategic priorities as approved by the IASP Council. The CEO is employed by and reports to the IASP Council through the Executive Committee.
Critical Competencies for Success
Leads internal and external stakeholders collaboratively to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes
Builds a culture sensitive and responsive to the needs, interests, and values of global stakeholders
Fosters collaboration and synergy between staff and volunteer leadership
Governance and Strategic Support
Supports the Council to promote high-functioning, effective, and self-sustaining governance according to best practices
Formulates and/or recommends policies to the Council or its designee
Implements the decisions of Council or its designee; communicates decisions and directions to staff and others
Coordinates with the President to develop agendas and materials for governing committees and Council
Coordinates with volunteer leadership to oversee volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, recognition, and accountability
Facilitates annual review of the implementation of the strategic plan and monitors related achievements
Reports regularly to the Council or its designee on operations relevant to the strategic plan, condition and operations of the association, and important factors or trends influencing the organization’s condition and operations, in accordance with agreed-upon metrics and timelines
Implements organizational strategy; develops and monitors operational plans to implement strategic plan
Collects and examines external data; creates plans and program proposals to respond to environmental changes, opportunities, and trends
Financial and Administrative Management
Manages resources with attention to cost-effectiveness and expends funds within budgetary and policy restrictions
Monitors and ensures compliance with IASP bylaws, IASP policies, and relevant laws and regulations
Oversees development of an annual budget for presentation to the Council or its designee; implements annual budget
Supports long-range financial planning in conjunction with the Treasurer, Executive Committee, Chief Operating Officer, and other stakeholders
Develops revenue sources, especially non-dues income
Oversees timely, regular, and accurate financial reporting to the Council or its designee according to policy
Facilitates an independent annual financial audit, and other audits and reviews as required
Reviews and executes routine contracts within parameters established by the Council or its designee Monitors and mitigates risks to protect and advance IASP (e.g., intellectual property, insurance)
Human Resource Management
Hires and supervises staff according to Council-approved budget, personnel policies, and best practices Develops office, personnel, and other operational policies and procedures
Establishes and reviews staff organizational structure to ensure greatest efficiencies possible and implements reorganizations as necessary
Builds an effective and cohesive senior leadership team; prepares for key staff successions
At least 10 years of demonstrated success in association management in a senior executive role, including management experience with human resources, information technology, financial oversight, and association legal requirements
Excellent English communication skills (written, verbal, and public speaking)
Demonstrated success in staff development, including a commitment to staff professional development and building effective staff teams/organizational culture
Demonstrated experience in volunteer management and engagement
Management experience with a global membership organization, a scientific or medical professional association, large meetings (especially international meetings), and scientific publishing
Travel domestically and internationally required – approximately 20%
Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification a plus
A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.
To apply, please send a cover letter and current résumé (Microsoft Word® format preferred) to IASP@smartinsearch.com. A well-written cover letter, outlining how your experience fits the requirements of the position, will be an important factor in considering your candidacy.
IASP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to inclusion and cultural diversity in the workplace. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual preference, genetic information or any other protected class.
For more information, contact:
Sterling Martin Associates 1025 Connecticut Avenue | Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20036