Executive Director

Posted: Jul 03, 2012
American Academy Of Dermatology

Schaumburg, Illinois

The American Academy of Dermatology was founded in 1938. It is the largest, most influential and representative dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists.

Strategic Framework
The Academy’s strategic framework encompasses the AAD’s mission, vision and values, as well as key priorities

Promoting leadership in dermatology and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.

“Excellence in Dermatology”

The Academy seeks to reflect the following values in all its programs and initiatives:

  • Patients first: Compassion, caring and listening are at the heart of delivering the highest-quality dermatologic care. We are working to ensure members' ability to facilitate access to dermatologic care and deliver the highest quality of care.
  • Professionalism: Adhering to an uncompromising code of clinical and ethical standards among ourselves and with the public. The cornerstones of these standards emphasize honesty, integrity, transparency and mutual respect.
  • Lifelong learning: Pursuing knowledge and continuous improvement, embodying a spirit of intellectual curiosity and interchange through self-assessment and ongoing evaluation.
  • Rigorous inquiry and creative work: Pursuing excellence through innovation, creativity, critical evaluation and open dialogue.
  • Collaboration: Working together with mutual respect, collegiality and transparency. Collective and coordinated efforts through partnerships and teamwork encourage engagement, inspire ideas, create essential dialogue, and foster synergistic results.
  • Social responsibility: A dedication to the greater good. Community leadership, volunteerism and stewardship are hallmarks of our ability to contribute to public health.
  • Diversity: Acknowledging, respecting and valuing differences. An inclusive approach to people, ideas and practice styles includes a willingness to listen to all points of view. The result is collectively better because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Key Priorities

Quality Patient Care
The Academy promotes and demonstrates the importance of dermatology within medicine by contributing to improvements in patient outcomes, safety, access to care and satisfaction while prudently utilizing society’s health care resources. This means:

  • Developing and presenting continuing medical education that addresses identified professional practice gaps and creates measurable change in competence, clinical behavior and patient outcomes;
  • Enhancing the body of evidence and knowledge that forms the basis for dermatology as a specialty;
  • Encouraging rigorous scientific inquiry that serves as the foundation for patient care, educational programming, practice standards and public policy decisions;
  • Distilling and disseminating key clinical findings so that providers of dermatologic care are up-to-date in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions;
  • Collecting data to better understand the effectiveness of preventive and treatment interventions.

Influential and Trusted Voice
The Academy is the respected voice for dermatology. Through the purposeful use of advocacy, strategic alliances and public education, the Academy leads the specialty of dermatology as a credible, constructive and effective force in collaboration with:

  • The medical community on issues related to diseases of the skin, hair and nails;
  • The policymaking community on legislative, regulatory, payer and other proposals that affect the ability of clinicians to deliver quality dermatologic care to their patients and advance research;
  • The public on issues related to healthy skin and influencing healthy behavior.

Specialty Leadership
The Academy takes the lead in defining and influencing the future of the practice of dermatology by:

  • Uniting the specialty to increase its influence, visibility and credibility;
  • Contributing to shaping the broader healthcare system;
  • Supporting efforts to address pressing workforce shortage and mal-distribution issues to improve access and quality patient care;
  • Developing individual and collective leadership capabilities among members and across the specialty;
  • Demonstrating global leadership for quality patient care, education, research and service;
  • Advocating for the ethical practice of dermatology and the highest standards for patient care.

Membership Support
The Academy’s role as a dynamic, forward-looking organization is to anticipate and respond to change and its impact on members, and to provide them with the essential tools and resources to manage, adapt and thrive. Through an actively engaged membership, the Academy influences and addresses a variety of factors affecting the practice of dermatology and the care of patients, which requires:

  • Interpreting, educating and providing guidance to members, the public, and policy makers to meet the evolving practice demands of health information technology;
  • Influencing private and public regulations that affect the practice of dermatology and patient care;
  • Communicating and providing support to meet the changing requirements around maintenance of certification and licensure;
  • Encouraging and facilitating volunteer opportunities;
  • Purposefully gathering and analyzing member needs and environmental data to stay relevant and provide value to members.

Organizational Vitality
The Academy’s long-term sustainability and its ability to create and execute stakeholder value is a function of alignment and integration of the organization’s resources. These include:

  • Organizational and operational alignment;
  • Effective and responsive governance;
  • Strategic planning to inform decision making;
  • Human resource development (member and staff);
  • Recognition, appreciation and utilization of the unique talents and contributions of leadership, member volunteers and staff;
  • Fiscal responsibility;
  • Collection and dissemination of essential data/information;
  • Technology infrastructure and use of appropriate technology for strategic integration and implementation.

The Executive Director will partner with the AAD Board to achieve its mission and implement its key priorities. S/he is responsible for administrative and staff management, governance guidance and direction, communications and public relations, meetings and education programs, membership services, and advocacy.
Specifically, they include the following areas:

Vision and Strategic Planning:

  • Assists the Board in developing a clear concise strategic direction and vision for the AAD.
  • Collaborates with the Board and leads the staff in the implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Identifies and analyzes trends that will impact the profession and the Academy on a domestic and global level. Leveraging environmental scans and survey instruments, provides strong factual data to the Board to support the process.

Governance Guidance and Direction:

  • Executes all decisions of the governing bodies, as directed by the Board.
  • Serves as a resource to the Board, bringing pertinent information to its attention to assist in the effective development and implementation of programs, policies and liaison relationships.
  • Fully informs officers and governing bodies of the conditions and operations of the Academy and of all important factors influencing them.
  • Staffs all meetings of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Provides the necessary liaison and staff support to committee chairs and committees to enable them to properly perform their functions; ensures timely submission of recommendations and ongoing communications between committees and the Board.

Administration and Staff Management:

  • Recruits, develops, and motivates a high performing team; establishes staffing plan and structure; and empowers staff to implement the AAD’s goals and objectives. Fosters a collaborative, team-oriented culture.
  • Maximizes staff performance by clearly defining their duties and implementing a meaningful performance management system.
  • In cooperation with the Finance Committee, Secretary/Treasurer and the Controller, develops, recommends and manages the annual budget. Ensures transparency with the Board.
  • Ensures that all funds, assets and other resources of the Academy are appropriately safeguarded and administered.
  • Coordinates the annual audit by a certified public accounting firm.

Communications and Public Relations:

  • Ensures effective communications with the Board and members.
  • Works with the Board, appropriate committees, and staff to develop and implement a strategic communications plan to (1) raise awareness of the importance of the dermatology profession, and (2) educate the public and other key stakeholders about important skin disorders.
  • Assists and guides the AAD’s leaders to be effective spokespersons for dermatology and the AAD.
  • Oversees staff responsible for all communications and public relations activities and initiatives, and ensures appropriate metrics are in place to evaluate effectiveness.
  • Assures the website is relevant and user-friendly, and creates metrics to evaluate effectiveness.
  • Leverages social media to reach key target audiences, and creates metrics to analyze effectiveness.
  • Assures the elected officers, the public face of the organization, function as effectively as possible.

Political Advocacy:

  • Serves as an effective advocate for the Academy’s public policy agenda.
  • Fosters opportunities for member leadership to be visible on priority issues.
  • Informs the AAD members on progress related to relevant regulatory and legislative issues affecting their practices.
  • Networks with national and state medical organizations to identify areas for collaboration where there are common goals.

Membership Services:

  • Oversees membership retention and recruitment, including international growth.
  • Assesses current membership services/activities to ensure relevancy and member satisfaction; identifies new, prospective services to enhance membership value and generate new non-dues revenue.
  • Manages member affinity programs, consistently evaluating member satisfaction.

Meetings and Continuing Education:

  • Provides coordination and oversight for meetings and continuing education.
  • Provides guidance, support and fiscal oversight for the annual meeting and other continuing educational programs.
  • Develops international member interest and participation in the AAD annual and summer meetings.

Liaison Relationships:

  • Maintains appropriate relationships with other medical societies, industry, government bodies, and public service organizations to enhance the image of both the Academy and the specialty as well as the attainment of the Academy’s objectives, putting the needs of the membership at the forefront.
  • Fosters effective working relationships with state dermatological organizations.
  • Develops relationships with international leaders in dermatology.
  • Develops, maintains and keeps the Board informed of corporate relationships and funding opportunities.
  • Maintains liaison with the American Board of Dermatology


  • Support the Board in building a clear and comprehensive strategic direction and vision for the AAD which will include refining the current strategic framework into a streamlined and useful structure.
  • Forge strong relationships with the Board and other key stakeholders.
  • Ensure a smooth transition with the AAD staff.
  • Enhance the visibility and impact of communications to advance the AAD as the leading voice of dermatology.
  • Advance member advocacy priorities; particularly related to reimbursement.
  • Develop an understanding of the profession and become well-versed in the needs of the membership.


  • Proven leader with significant experience as an Executive Director, COO or other senior level manager in industry, academia, or other appropriate venue, where they have made a major impact on an organization’s mission.
  • Knowledgeable about health care trends and the health care environment or proven ability to quickly learn about new fields.
  • Impeccable integrity and ethics; a strong work ethic and leads by example.
  • Servant leadership style; low ego needs.
  • Experience cultivating strong collaborative working relationship with a board.
  • Excellent strategic, operational planning, and implementation skills.
  • Significant staff leadership experience. Track record for attracting, motivating, and developing a high performing team with clear accountability.
  • Strong financial acumen and experience in budget planning and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and unify staff and physician members around strategies; strong consensus skills.
  • A familiarity with how to leverage technology to enhance services and communications with members and other key audiences.
  • Highly collaborative and customer service-oriented; possesses strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Strong communications and public speaking experience, with excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Fundraising skills.
  • A global perspective and diplomatic skills.
  • Approachable; accepts and acts on feedback; pro-active and open to new ideas.
  • Association management experience is a plus, but not required.


Acting with Honor and Character
Is a person of high character; is consistent and acts in line with a clear and visible set of values and beliefs; deals and talks straight; walks his/her talk; is direct and truthful but at the same time can keep confidences.

Getting Work Done Through Others
Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people in the organization; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future.

Managing Diverse Relationships
Relates well to a wide variety of diverse styles, types, and classes; open to differences; effective up, down, sideways, inside, and outside; builds diverse networks; quick to find common ground; treats differences fairly and equitably; treats everyone as a preferred customer.

Evaluating and Deploying People Accurately
Reads people accurately; can diagnose strengths, weaknesses, and potential; knows what skills are required to fill a job or role; hires the best.

Being Organizationally Savvy
Maneuvers well to get things done; maze bright; knows where to go to get what he/she needs; politically aware and agile; knows what the right thing to do is; presents views and arguments well.

Keeping on Point
Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the nice to dos and the trivials; quickly senses what's the next most useful thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.

Inspiring Others
Is skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.

Bachelor’s degree required. Relevant Master’s degree and/or professional certification preferred.

A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.


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