LEADERSHIP EXPECTATIONS The Executive Director will be responsible for association management/operations, development and implementation of the strategic plan (in partnership with the Board of Directors), and building a culture of inclusion, innovation, and achievement. In executing these duties, the AAA employees, Board of Directors and Committee Leaders have the following expectations, in line with the mission and core values:
Model Integrity, Quality and Professionalism – The ED will clarify and embody the Academy values as an example.
Inspire and Motivate – the ED will work with the AAA BOD to envision the future for the Academy and participate in articulating and realizing the vision. The ED will inspire and motivate the BOD and staff in achieving the common vision.
Innovative and Entrepreneurial Spirit – The ED will strive to improve the Academy, including seeking creative solutions and inspiring and encouraging innovation in the BOD and staff.
Collaborate and Communicate – The ED will demonstrate strong communication skills and use these to foster and encourage collaboration within the staff, BOD, membership and other stakeholders.
Build relationships – The ED will build trusting, inclusive and respectful relationships both internally and externally, aimed toward furthering the mission of the Academy.
Financial savvy – The ED will ensure that all Academy assets and liabilities are managed in a fiscally responsible manner with a focus on both short- and long-term financial viability for the organization.
POSITION OVERVIEW The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Audiology and serves as the senior staff person of the organization. Primary strategic and operational responsibilities of the Executive Director include consistently maintaining and facilitating the Academy's achievement of its mission with accountability to the Board of Directors who set the strategic direction for the Academy. In addition, the Executive Director oversees and manages the daily administrative, operational, and financial affairs and activities of the Academy. This new leader will lead a small, nimble operation (27 member staff), promote and foster diversity and inclusion, instill a culture of member service, and position the AAA to serve in a leadership position in navigating the always-shifting politics and policies of health care.
The Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that the Academy effectively facilitates and serves the needs and interests of its membership as stated in the mission statement, strategic plan (Preferred Futures), by-laws, and policies and procedures manual, and as reflected by the initiatives developed with the Board of Directors’. The Executive Director focuses both externally and internally to enhance and promote the Academy’s global brand and effectiveness while also ensuring optimal staff productivity and competency.
The Executive Director is responsible for assisting in the development of innovative initiatives to facilitate the goals and policies inherent to the Academy’s strategic plan as established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director and the Board President are the primary representatives of the Academy in its relationships with legislators, related professional organizations, and other stakeholders. The Executive Director assists in promoting the Academy’s viewpoints, goals, and objectives in negotiations with the representatives of the media, related professional organizations, business and industry, the public, and other government or non-government organizations. The Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the financial solvency of the organization and will be expected to develop both short- and long-term strategies to accomplish this goal.
The Executive Director appoints and supervises other senior managers to assist in carrying out the operational responsibilities of the Academy, and serves as the liaison between the Board of Directors and the Academy’s National Office. Finally, the Executive Director provides stable, consistent, executive leadership across successive volunteer administrations and boards.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director of the AAA will lead the overall activities of the Academy, including:
Academy Operations: Oversee and implement appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the Academy are appropriate.
Assure ethical and effective business practices, legal and regulatory compliance.
Hire and retain competent, qualified staff.
Promote and foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Establish, maintain and regularly evaluate all critical business contracts for goods and services, legal services and insurance portfolios required for effective and efficient business operations.
Sign all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
Develop, maintain and assure compliance with all critical operating policies, procedures and practices. Conduct regular reviews to ensure relevance and alignment with current practice and revise as needed.
Ensure that the Academy has the tools, resources, infrastructure and work environments (physical, remote, virtual and electronic) required for effective and efficient operations.
Oversee development and maintenance of adequate and secure technology for all organization operations considering necessary growth in alignment with priority initiatives.
Minimize organization risk, assure the filing of all legal and regulatory documents, and monitor compliance with relevant laws and regulations
Governance: Work with the board in order to fulfill the Academy’s mission
In collaboration with the Board of Directors (BOD), senior staff members, Committee and Council Chairpersons, create, articulate, implement and communicate the AAA mission, goals and strategic plan.
Provide executive level leadership for the AAA staff, Committee and Council Chairpersons in the development and execution of operating plans, including resource allocation, budgets, member-focused communication plans and measurable goals in alignment with the strategic plan.
Build alliances and partnerships with related professional groups, associations, government bodies, agencies and the greater community in furtherance of the AAA mission.
Effectively communicate with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions. Coordinate and facilitate regular meetings with the AAA Board of Directors, providing operational information across all service lines and operational functions with complete transparency.
Financial performance and viability: Develop and maintain resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the Academy.
Ensure integrity of all financial activity, including budgeting, reporting, auditing and investments of the Academy. Responsibility includes submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization, as well as operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining the organization in a positive financial position.
Utilize appropriate accounting practices and management guidelines so as to retain ongoing non-profit status for and minimize risk to the organization
Oversee fundraising and development of other revenues necessary to support the Academy’s mission.
Academy mission and strategy: Work with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
Represent the Academy at various industry meetings, legislative forums, public events and regulatory meetings. The Executive Director will be expected to provide technical, advocacy and policy expertise in these settings, or delegate the responsibility to an appropriate counterpart.
Enhance the Academy’s visibility and effectiveness by being active and visible in the community and by creating impactful collaborations with other professional organizations.
Implement actions based on decisions made by the Board of Directors as well as offer guidance regarding high-level strategic planning, operational needs, feasible tactics, and opportunities for maximizing impact.
Academy Culture and Environment: Foster an environment that prioritizes innovation, collegiality, and achievement.
Provide inspired leadership by creating an inclusive, positive and collaborative environment with a commitment to excellence and transparency.
Establish and maintain an organizational culture of service excellence that exceeds the expectations of the AAA membership and other stakeholders.
Lead by example in developing a work environment that is positive, kind, inclusive, innovative, purposeful and collaborative, exceeding the expectations of AAA staff.
Current Position Priorities
High level goals include improving organizational operational efficiency and effectiveness with an eye toward long-term sustainability; improving member service, satisfaction, engagement and recruitment; increasing regulatory and government affairs engagement and achievement; increasing revenue stream through non-member and donor frameworks; and ensuring the AAA business model is sustainable.
Organizational stability and growth
Participate fully in a collaborative and well-informed leadership transition and engage in process to prioritize ongoing seamless succession planning
Effectively communicate with the AAA President and Board of Directors to lead the implementation of AAA’s strategic planning efforts and establish specific and measurable long and short-term objectives and goals for the Academy.
Foster a culture that values critical thinking and problem solving, and encourages constructive feedback, engagement, inclusion and diversity at all levels.
Achievement for legislative and regulatory advocacy priorities
Prioritize identification and implementation of initiatives that educate policy makers, regulators and other key stakeholders on the value of Audiology services, promote consistent messaging regarding AAA and our members, and build the AAA brand.
Enhance membership value with a focus on membership retention and growth
Prioritize strategic implementation of those activities that enhance member value, with the goal of increasing sustained membership in the Academy
Prioritize activities that promise tangible deliverables to membership and future success of the profession and organization, including advocacy, search engine optimization, and website restructuring.
Ensure ongoing financial solvency and regulatory compliance
Facilitate successful expansion of the American Academy of Audiology Foundation donor base, resulting in increased unrestricted funds to support the Academy mission
Identify and create non-membership revenue streams and look for ways to support AAA’s members through innovative programs or services.
Oversee successful preparation for and implementation of annual national conference, with both in-person and virtual components
The successful candidate will have deep experience in the healthcare or healthcare association industry and will understand the issues that face the AAA membership and the industry’s broader impact in the healthcare community. The Executive Director will be a dynamic, highly credible leader who has shown progressive responsibility throughout his/her career and will have demonstrable success in previous leadership roles. S/He will possess the leadership skills and gravitas necessary to represent AAA’s membership base while bringing industry stakeholders together to present a unified voice on public policy matters. AAA’s next Executive Director will be a politically sophisticated leader with extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry, policy development, and legislative and regulatory processes.
We seek a strong organizational leader who has had experience leading transformations within organizations that drive efficiency, effectiveness and results in increased member engagement and satisfaction. The next Executive Director should have experience developing and implementing strategic plans within organizations and creating systems to set goals, assign responsibility and measure and report impact. S/He will be able to demonstrate sufficient skill and experience with fundraising/development, financial acumen, and operational optimization. Experience leading a similarly sized organization is highly desired. The American Academy of Audiology is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Additional qualifications include:
A minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience.
A minimum of 10 years of experience working with medical associations, non-profit and/or association management (preferred).
Current experience in a regulated healthcare, life science, or medical industry.
Superior fiscal management and oversight skills, including budgeting, cost accounting, profit and loss, balance sheet reporting, cash flow management and general accounting practices. Familiarity with non-profit financial management preferred.
Strong understanding of non-profit regulations and management.
High level strategic thinking and planning and ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors.
Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and volunteers.
Strong written and verbal communications skills that underscore an ability to serve as a spokesperson for the Academy and the industry.
Demonstrated ability to attract, encourage, motivate and lead skilled, qualified staff as well as volunteer members.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain working relationships and cooperative arrangements, effectively identifying and understanding the needs of relevant agencies, industry representatives, professional leaders and organizations.
Demonstrated ability to effectively delegate responsibilities, solve problems quickly, build consensus and resolve interpersonal conflicts internally and externally.
Demonstrated ability to participate in or facilitate effective communication between two or more parties where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions run strong.
Strong relationship building and diplomacy skills.
Strong work ethic and self-motivated to achieve optimal outcomes for the organization. Goal-driven, action-oriented, and able to translate broad vision in achievable tactics.
Experience leading complex organizations and managing group dynamics.
APPLICATION PROCESS If your goals, values and philosophies align with those of the American Academy of Audiology, please submit your resume and cover letter to Sarah Sydlowski, AuD, PhD, MBA, Chair of the Executive Director Search Committee, at email@example.com. Within your cover letter or resume, please be sure to provide a description of your qualifications related to the Leadership Expectations and Position Responsibilities and Priorities.
Please Note: Preliminary interviews will be completed remotely. Currently we do plan for finalist candidates to complete interviews in person at the offices of the American Academy of Audiology in Reston, Virginia, depending of course upon local/regional restrictions, public health recommendations, and travel guidelines at the time.
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Academy will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. The Academy does not discriminate against any individual in any phase of employment in accordance with the requirements of applicable local, state and federal law.
The Academy provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. No person working at the AAA is to be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information (as defined in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), military status, or other categories protected by law. This applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including, but not limited to hiring, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, termination, and retirement. The American Academy of Audiology is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: The projected compensation range and benefits for this position will be competitive and in accordance with the background and experience of the selected candidate.
About American Academy of Audiology
The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. Representing the interests of approximately 14,000 audiologists nationwide, the Academy is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. The American Academy of Audiology is an Equal Opportunity Employer.