Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)
Location: Arlington, VA
Type: Full Time
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 2021-2641
Chief Executive Officer
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) is a $15 million (annual) organization that leads global collaboration in the development, management, and effective use of health-related technology. Our community includes medical device manufacturers, regulators, clinicians, healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals, healthcare sterilization professionals, many of the world’s largest technology firms, healthcare delivery organizations, and independent healthcare service organizations.
We improve patient safety by bringing together key stakeholders in a consensus-based process. We serve as the professional organization for health technology management and staff in the healthcare setting. When standards or needed tools don’t exist, we find ways to develop them. AAMI is not an advocacy organization, but a trusted neutral convener – and the primary source of consensus standards for the medical device industry, as well as practical information, support, and guidance for healthcare technology professionals. We improve the effectiveness of medical technology through the development of standards, HTM member support, professional certification, education, summits, and other technical resources.
As Chief Executive Officer, you will advance a culture of openness and innovation, welcome change, and invite people from diverse viewpoints to come together. We believe in diversity of thought, perspective, and experience – it is at the very center of how we deliver value through collaboration. Your success in this role will flow from your ability to be an effective leader, identifying and bringing together key constituencies to solve complex issues. You will balance the organization’s business needs with individual members’ perspectives on the broader scientific consensus, and balance domestic and international points of view – knowing that some decisions will have a disparate impact on important constituencies. You’ll explore new ways to collaborate with external organizations to increase the relevancy and impact of our work – advancing global standards and nurturing and developing the next generation of volunteer leaders.
Your interpersonal communication skills will be called upon in varied forums; our work informs the judgment of our members, regulators, clinicians, industry leaders, and front-line health technology professionals. You will serve as AAMI’s principal spokesperson, maintaining regular contact with member organizations, regulators, industry, media, and the public. In this role, you will establish and nurture relationships with FDA, CMS, and other key regulatory agencies to ensure inclusion and further establish AAMI as an expert reference for those organizations.
You will engage our staff and volunteers in the shared vision for the future, refining AAMI’s role in the health technology ecosystem. This is primarily a collaborative leadership role, drawing upon the unique collective expertise of more than 40 talented staff members and hundreds of committed volunteers. You will listen, learn, understand, synthesize, distill, and help create a framework for committed action. You will integrate and advance the work of AAMI’s cross-disciplinary teams including standards, membership, education, certification, events management, publications, communications, marketing, and sales. In support of our shared vision, we anticipate that you will also lead the development of fair and transparent key performance metrics and measures of impact for the staff, tangibly demonstrating how everyone’s work and involvement contribute to AAMI goals.
Success in Your First Year
In this role you will:
Engage the AAMI staff in the shared vision for the future, foster a smooth leadership transition, and build key relationships across all AAMI communities and externally.
Lead the evolution of AAMI’s basic strategy for the future (e.g., connected and integrated healthcare technology, home healthcare, and AAMI’s role in developing the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) workforce within and outside the U.S.) in collaboration with the board of directors.
Broaden the scope of AAMI across the healthcare ecosystem, including healthcare providers and the manufacturing and service providers that serve them throughout the continuum of care, as well as allied organizations.
Lead the identification and pursuit of new opportunities that increase the value and relevancy of AAMI. This may include leadership on key issues or strategies that increase AAMI’s credibility, membership, net income, or program offerings and quality.
Lead the AAMI team to expand the audience for our annual conference and education programs and continue to develop tools that enhance the understanding, usability, and delivery of standards content.
Key Growth Opportunities
We anticipate that you will find significant growth opportunities for AAMI in the following areas:
Encouraging AAMI to take positions on key patient safety issues that provide value to our members.
Enhancing and expanding our strong relationships with domestic and non-U.S. regulatory bodies, industry, professional groups, and other organizations. Bringing together communities from around the world on key issues.
Helping AAMI be more nimble – convening small groups of members and other representatives to address issues and providing guidance to the community using a variety of mechanisms in addition to standards development.
Including more perspective from the users of technology (doctors, nurses, clinical engineers, other healthcare professionals, etc.).
Advancing the HTM field by developing new competency-based education, in addition to our existing certifications. This may include programs that serve biomedical and clinical engineers, technicians, cybersecurity experts, hospital administrators, and other professionals who ensure the safety, efficacy, and availability of life-saving health technology.
Evolving the AAMI Foundation, prioritizing and advancing key initiatives.
Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of professional leadership experience in an organization of comparable size, scope, and complexity. An advanced business or other professional degree and Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification would be a plus.
Strategic thinker, able to identify relevant issues and develop the framework for AAMI’s involvement. Skilled at leveraging the expertise of staff and volunteer leaders and capable of negotiating AAMI’s role in international collaborations. Experience leading volunteers and developing standards would be a plus.
Superb executive skills with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; skilled at team building, cross-team collaboration, and developing a culture of openness; thoughtful in developing fair and transparent performance metrics and measures of impact; experienced at leading organizations through a significant transformation; and skillful at engaging internal and external teams (history with volunteers is a significant plus) in a new or expanded mission.
A strong and effective communicator and listener; an articulate spokesperson with solid writing skills; an enthusiastic advocate. The stature and presence to effectively represent AAMI before various senior-level constituencies (e.g., the FDA, the Administration, media, corporate and association leaders).
Consensus builder. You are comfortable with shades of grey. You can look at two opposing points of view, develop an understanding of each position, and recommend a solution that fairly meets the collective needs.
Curious. You are curious and have the ability to come up to speed quickly. You actively seek out divergent points of view, listen to what is being said, and can synthesize and articulate findings in a meaningful way.
Inclusive. You understand and drive diversity within the organization and board. You have a collaborative work style. You listen to and respect the views of others and are comfortable sharing information and decisions with those who need to be in the loop, even when they and/or you disagree. You can articulate to each stakeholder and know how to connect the dots.
Foster innovation. You understand that what we need today may be different than what we need tomorrow, and you have the proven ability to bring about change. You are not afraid to try a new approach and possess the diplomacy to keep stakeholders interested.
Leadership. You confidently engage at all levels and across multiple stakeholder groups. You are articulate and influential – people follow your lead. You have a history of developing great people. You understand how organizations work, where to build relationships, and how to get results through other people. People know you have their best interests in mind and the collective best interest as your goal; you earn trust by your actions and you faithfully keep your promises.
Results-driven. You see the big picture, monitor key performance metrics, follow through from vision into action, and achieve positive results.
Servant leader. You gracefully navigate the unique dynamics of working with a diverse membership, volunteer board, and staff. You have a track record for transparency and integrity with your management team and your board.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
This is a high-visibility, high-impact role. You will have the opportunity to advance the future of healthcare, ensuring that patient safety is at the very center of decision-making. This is an opportunity to help a reputable organization become even more relevant, with a significantly greater impact.
You will be supported by a very talented staff with deep expertise in the issues and a financially solid organization with a strong reputation in the healthcare technology community.
You will have the support of the board and hundreds of committed volunteers who are drawn to AAMI’s mission. Our volunteer leadership is comprised of clinicians and senior leaders in the medical device industry, leading technology firms, and independent healthcare service organizations. AAMI enjoys a long-standing relationship with top regulatory leaders.
AAMI offers an excellent compensation package commensurate with experience and results.
AAMI is respected for our expertise in developing standards and other technology-oriented information on sterilization and disinfection; quality systems; risk management; human factors/usability; electro-medical equipment and electrical safety; implantable devices (cardiac, neurological, cochlear, etc.); dialysis; anesthesia and respiratory devices; medical device software; and medical equipment maintenance. AAMI develops standards for the sustainability of medical devices, interoperability of medical devices, and cybersecurity, as well as standards for health information technology outside of the traditionally “regulated” medical device space.
AAMI is ANSI-accredited as a standards development organization and designated as a U.S. National Standards Body representative to the international standards organizations (ISO and IEC). Our community of industry, regulators (e.g., FDA,), clinicians, researchers, and independent experts come together to develop standards, technical information reports, white papers, and related information about healthcare technology.
AAMI provides international leadership by administering the secretariats of a number of the ISO and IEC committees that develop standards for medical technology. AAMI does not engage in lobbying, valuing our neutrality and reputation for being an “honest broker.” This allows government employees to participate in its development of standards, education, and patient safety-oriented initiatives.
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