The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) is a professional medical association that represents more than 20,000 practicing osteopathic family physicians, residents, and students throughout the United States.
Osteopathic family physicians are Doctors of Osteopathic medicine who specialize in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment. Osteopathic family physicians promote a patient-centered approach to care, partnering with their patients to prevent injuries and illness while helping them navigate a complex healthcare system. Osteopathic family physicians place an emphasis on treating the whole patient, mind, body, and spirit.
The ACOFP is the largest specialty society in the osteopathic profession. DOs will represent 20 percent of practicing physicians by 2030.
Headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the ACOFP has a staff of 17 full-time employees, plus external consultants who provide services for lobbying, meeting planning, journal production, and exhibit/advertising sales. With a budget of $6.2 million, the ACOFP maintains $6.0 million in reserves.
The ACOFP works to promote excellence in osteopathic family medicine through quality education, visionary leadership, and responsible advocacy.For practicing physicians and residents, the ACOFP provides more than 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) credit each year. The ACOFP is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and is in the process of applying for Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) accreditation.
Osteopathic Family Physician is the ACOFP’s official peer-reviewed journal. The bi-monthly publication features original research, case reports, and articles about preventive medicine, managed care, osteopathic principles and practices, pain management, public health, medical education, and practice management.
The Executive Director of the ACOFP is the key management leader for the ACOFP. The Executive Director under the direction of the Board of Governors proactively directs the resources of the ACOFP to achieve ACOFP goals and ensure that the governing/work experience is satisfying and enjoyable for members and staff.
The Executive Director administers the ACOFP’s day-to-day operations, including the hiring, evaluation, and termination of staff in compliance with the policies and culture of the organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Governors and supervises six direct reports.
The Executive Director staffs the Board of Governors and related task forces, the Executive Committee of the Board, Ethics Committee, Past Presidents Council, and Osteopathic Immunization Roundtable.
Keep the ACOFP mission central to all relationships between the elected leadership and the staff.
In collaboration with the elected leaders, facilitate the planning process to ensure Board leadership in setting direction for the ACOFP as expressed in its mission and goals.
Offer professional management and policy advice to elected leaders with the goal of improving programmatic offerings and overall productivity.
Facilitate conflict resolution between and among elected leaders, staff, and the membership.
Maintain professional relations with the staff and elected leaders of other national osteopathic and allopathic medical associations.
Collaborate with the elected leadership to ensure a fair and comprehensive governance structure for the efficient and effective use of resources, timely policy decisions, and accountability for volunteers, leadership, and staff.
Collaborate with the Board to develop organizational policy, as needed, and ensure compliance.
Regularly attend Board of Governors meetings and provide counsel to the Board, as needed; attend the Congress of Delegates and serve as official Secretary to the Congress.
Facilitate the strategic planning process, write the strategic plan based on Board direction, and implement
and evaluate the strategic plan.
Draft official communications for the President’s approval.
Act within the limits of the instruction or authority given by the Board of Governors.
Ensure appropriate staffing and other resources for implementation of approved programs and policy goals.
Recruit, hire, train, and motivate ACOFP staff, including responsibility for all promotions and terminations within the policies and fiscal limitations.
Clearly define staff duties, establishing performance standards, conducting performance reviews, and maintaining a competitive compensation structure.
Follow ACOFP policies and procedures and ensure that ACOFP staff does the same.
Ensure that ACOFP facilities are managed appropriately.
Facilitate Effective Board Decision Making
Establish a system for regularly communicating key issues to decision-makers prior to scheduled meetings of the Board.
Develop written background reports that provide the history of the issue, including related policies; strategic impact; cost/benefit analyses; viable options; financial and legal implications; and a method in which to evaluate the effectiveness of the course of action, including desired outcomes.
Ensure that Board members have adequate lead time to review the issue and options presented.
Assist the Board in advance of the meeting by being available to answer questions about the issues and their possible impact on the association, and work with each member’s individual learning style in providing adequate resources.
In advance of the Board meeting, communicate with the presiding officer to identify who will present the issue, and ensure that it is properly framed for ease of Board consideration and evaluation.
If the options include developing a new policy or amending the current policy, include draft language for each part of any recommendation.
Accept, support, and implement the Board’s decision once it is made.
Suggest an appropriate means to communicate Board decisions.
Provide counsel to the President, as needed, to ensure effective governance.
Develop, recommend, implement, review, and manage the ACOFP budget according to policies established by the Congress and Board, applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Develop systems and policies to monitor and manage financial activities. Ensure that financial records are audited or reviewed at least annually by an independent third party.
In collaboration with the leadership, develop, recommend, implement, and review investment policies and manage investments to ensure attainment and maintenance of established fiscal goals.
Provide timely and complete disclosure of financial information.
Maintain liability coverage, including at least fidelity bonding, general liability, and workers’ compensation.
Maintain current knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal tax laws and regulations related to the association’s and foundation’s tax status and maintain systems to ensure compliance. Maintain current state and federal income tax and other tax and regulatory filings.
Establish mechanisms to report potential conflicts of interest and take steps to prevent any actual conflicts.
Review and sign all contracts.
The candidate for the position of Executive Director of the ACOFP will ideally have a master’s degree or other advanced degree in education, healthcare policy, business administration, or a related field. Certified Association Executive (CAE) preferred.
The ideal candidate for the Executive Director position has at least 10 years of management experience, including significant work in membership, marketing, budget development and monitoring, and governance. Healthcare experience is preferred, but not required. The candidate will be knowledgeable about the osteopathic profession and current and trending issues.
Transparent, high-integrity leadership style
Solid, hands-on budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making,
Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
Ability to effectively convey the ACOFP’s vision for a strategic future to staff, Board, volunteers,
Strategic and forward-thinking, able to assess options and propose actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organization
Skilled in interfacing and engaging diverse volunteer groups
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, and work effectively with highly involved
Board and physician leadership
Effective relationship builder, able to collaborate with other professional association leaders
Exceptional oral and written communication abilities and public-speaking skills
THE SEARCH PROCESS
The ACOFP offers a supportive work environment and excellent benefits. Those interested in applying should
send a CV or resume and a cover letter indicating qualifications and scope of experience by June 29th to: