The role of the CMS CEO is to provide direction, motivation, and focus for CMS’ fundamental functions of governance, policy development, legal, health care financing, member services, communications and public affairs.
It is the responsibility of the CEO to submit an annual operational plan to the board of directors based on the strategic plan and focused on areas representing the greatest opportunities for progress growing the organization and advocating for members.The CEO directs the 14-member staff and works closely with the CMS Board of Directors, American Medical Association, component medical societies, COPIC (Colorado’s Physician Insurance Company, a physician-managed and directed professional liability insurance company), and state specialty organizations, among others, to ensure coordination and focus in federal, state and local efforts to promote the CMS mission and enact the strategic plan that supports it. The CEO and the staff team are responsible for devising and implementing the tactics of the annual operational plan.
The CEO works at least on a weekly basis with the president, president-elect, and other officers of the Society. Fundamental to the CEO’s success is an understanding of strategy and strategic thinking, a focused, proactive approach to leadership and staff management, member outreach, and representation of the perspectives of organized medicine.
The CEO must be a team leader and motivator, transparent in conducting the operations of CMS, believe in the role of physicians in society, and loyal and respectful to CMS, its members and its staff.
1. Education and credentials: The successful candidate will have a master’s degree or equivalent experience in a health or business-related field.
2. Experience: The successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in health care or medical society management with demonstrated ability to lead successful interdisciplinary teams, successful implementation of innovated initiatives and a thorough understanding of the health care issues facing CMS both currently and in the future.
3. Desirable attributes:
A. Strong interpersonal skills
1. Team leader and communicator
2. Able to mentor and guide the organization and individuals
3. Forward-looking strategic planning
4. Experience with inter-generational teams
5. Ability to utilize team members of different abilities and experiences in an integrative manner
6. Experience with implicit bias mitigation in team-based work
B. Skills in interfacing with other organizations including:
1. External organizations such as insurance plans, the legislative branch, executive branch offices and departments (e.g. BME, CDPHE, HCPF), hospitals, other health care professionals, and lawyers.
2. Internal organizations such as component and specialty societies including:
a. Grassroots outreach to each organization.
b. Keeping all political views welcome and involved in our activities.
C. A skilled negotiator:
1. Artful at getting what CMS wants without alienating other stakeholders.
2. Able to constructively work toward goals with other stakeholders.
3. Honoring CMS’ goal to out-cooperate every other stakeholder.
4. Knowing when cooperation is not in CMS’ best interests.
5. Deep picture thinker; naturally courageous
D. Familiar with lobbying skills and practices but will not be the primary lobbyist.
1. The CEO must be a short- and long-term strategist:
a. Short-term: Set up strategy to handle current issues.
b. Long-term: Anticipate issues in the near term and in the next three to four years, and the ability to strategize to meet the future.
E. Understanding and commitment to effective strategic and annual operational planning processes.
1. Understands that the strategic and operational planning process includes opportunities to modify the plan through member participation and emerging opportunities.
F. Willing to give this job the time it requires.
G. Upholds a process for regularly soliciting meaningful feedback on CMS processes.
H. Training: Additional training or experience with
1. Implicit bias
2. Leadership development and mentoring
3. Strategic planning and goal development
I. Demonstrated effective leadership
1. Successful team dynamics
2. Successful policy implementation or changes
3. Successful initiatives for progress of an organization
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: Dianna_Fetter@cms.org (e-mail applications are required).
CMS is an equal opportunity employer. Resume reviews begin immediately.
About Colorado Medical Society
Founded in 1871, the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) is the largest organization of physicians in Colorado, with over 7,500 members across all specialties and employment settings. Organized as a Colorado nonprofit 501(c)(6), corporation, CMS operates with 12 full-time staff with over 200 combined years of experience working for physicians in organized medicine.Philanthropically, CMS created CMSF, a 501(c)(3) Foundation whose mission is to administer and financially manage programs that seek to improve access to health care and health services, with the potential to improve the health of Colorado. CMS also created the CMS Education Foundation whose mission is to support education by providing scholarships to worthy Colorado medical students.Through the years, CMS has also played an instrumental role in the formation and support of such Colorado institutions such as COPIC, the state's dominant medical liability insurer, the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP), the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP), the Colorado Rural Outreach Program (CROP) and the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved (CCMU), all as part of its mission to improve Colorado’s healt...h care environment for physicians and the patients they serve.Lastly, CMS created and manages both its nonpartisan political action committee, COMPAC, whose goal is to support and elect pro-physician, pro-patient candidates on the state level, and the CMS Small Donor Committee, which works to elect candidates who support medicine’s efforts to preserve Colorado’s stable tort environment.