The AANA is embarking on an epic program and we need YOUR expertise! The Anesthesia Workforce Strategic Initiative is a FY18-21 goal created by the AANA Board of Directors to support lifelong, full scope of independent CRNA practice objectives to meet the needs of patients & employers in the evolving healthcare market. This initiative, known as the Optimizing Workforce Initiative Program (OWIP), will be accomplished through a variety of projects designed to promote leadership in perianesthesia care, pain management, other anesthesia services, and business.
The Program Manager, who is well versed in healthcare as well as PMI program and project management methodology, will lead the portfolio of projects within the OWIP. Using the OWIP Charter, the Program Manager will identify deliverables and tasks to successfully achieve the stated goals and objectives of each project. This includes (but is not limited to):
Use project management expertise and working knowledge of Project Management Institute (PMI) methodologies and best practices to bring consistency and PMI disciplines to each project.
Consult with internal and external subject matter experts across many AANA business units in the initiation, planning, execution and overall implementation of multiple, concurrent projects, including:
Provide mentoring, coaching, education, and ongoing assessment of engagement by team members, providing consistent oversight and guidance to team members to promote high performance and quality outcomes.
Plan and conduct all required meetings (Team, Steering Committee, Executive, Requirements)
Report on project level activities, develop status reports, project/ program dashboards, provide written and verbal status updates
Project Level Activities:
Perform regular updates to work plans (schedules), set and update baselines, resource allocations and deliverable statuses.
Conduct regular program and project meetings to facilitate project tasks, identify and mitigate impediments, obtain project statuses and hold teams accountable to completing activities
Monitor risks and issues, make recommendations and facilitate mitigation plans as necessary
Identify and implement change management
Manage, report on project budget and schedule health
Perform regular continuous improvement
Use created templates, tools, including required project repositories, to develop deliverables. Obtain sign off.
Program Level Activities – Creation, Implementation and Oversight of:
Practice Management Program
Consultative Services Program
Diversity & Inclusion / Cultural Competency / Minority Partnerships
Educational Resource Development
Marketing Plans (Content Development, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Video Development)
Shared Interest Groups
Anesthesia Workforce Studies
American Academy of Nurse Anesthesia Program
Policy/Lobbying Internship Pilot
Spokesperson Training Program and Resources Pilot
OWIP External Advisory Panel
4-6 years of healthcare project planning and management
4-6 years of managing multiple, concurrent projects in a program setting using PMI methodologies
Proven experience in the development and maintenance of:
Resource Management Plans
Direct and/or matrixed management of staff ranging of no less than 3 staff
Schedule and Change Management Plans
Risk and Issue Management Plans
Vendor and Committee Management Plans
Budget Management Plans:
Experience with direct oversight of budgets ranging from $20k-$1.2m
Advanced knowledge of project management and business analysis tools, incuding Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio (or similar), etc.
Proven experience in the development and execution of detailed focused groups
Proven experience in Policy, Program, Taskforce and Focus Session Development and Execution
Bachelors degree in project management or in a related field
PMP certification desired
Qualifications & Other Skills:
Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, ensure that own behavior and behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
Understand Program Management: Be a diverse leader, managing a wide variety of complex projects in the program spanning a diverse population of skillsets within and outside of the organization to achieve the stated goals and objectives.
Bring Project Management Methadologies and best practices consistently across projects
Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details/data/information/activities.
Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
Mitigate Issues and Risks: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to clearly and concisely communicate with all project teams, leadership and membership.
Leadership skills to motivate team members and resolve conflicts.
Flexibility with a changing work environment, ability to effectively prioritize multiple ongoing projects.
Advanced experience with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Project, Visio, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other project management tools(s).
Strong attention to detail.
Strong work ethic and ability to work well and communicate with staff at all levels of the association.
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing more than 44,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists nationwide. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who are the hands-on providers of approximately 32 million anesthetics given in the United States each year. They administer every type of anesthetic, work in every type of practice setting, and provide care for every type of surgery or procedure, from open heart to cataract to pain management.
The AANA promulgates education and practice standards/guidelines and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice.