The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP: www.naturopathic.org) is the national professional and trade association for the Naturopathic Medical profession in the United States. As a membership organization, it represents nearly 5000 physicians who have graduated from one of the seven, four-year naturopathic medical colleges in North America, as well as current students. It is a mature and stable organization with established programs, administrative systems, a strategic plan, a strong balance sheet, and a high-functioning board. As a DC-based advocacy organization, the AANP promotes the naturopathic profession through federal-level and state-level public affairs efforts, professional development programming for its members, and public awareness communications.
This position will report to a 12-member Board of Directors, which operates within a governance model. The Board holds the ED accountable for successfully leading the day-to-day activities such that measurable progress is made toward over arching strategic goals and objectives. The ED is responsible for day-to-day operations, budgetary management, programmatic design, and all personnel (internal and contracted).
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND CORE COMPETENCIES:
A bachelor’s degree is required. A Master’s degree is preferred, with an emphasis in business, public policy, or organizational development. However, a successful track record of or additional training in organizational leadership and management is more critical, particularly in the area of non-profit associations and advocacy organizations. A strong knowledge of healthcare policy and professional formation is a plus. An informed positive regard for naturopathic medicine is highly desirable. The ideal candidate will be able to learn identify and quickly assimilate new information that enhances job performance and will be able to identify fully with the principles of naturopathic medicine and with the goals and objectives of the profession.
The executive director’s main responsibility is to create and lead a strong and stable team to successfully execute on the AANP’s board-approved strategic goals and annual work plan within the fiscal limitations of the organization. A critical component to successful execution of the work plan of the Association is an inclusionary approach that values and promotes doctor and volunteer participation in AANP activities and programs. Membership satisfaction and support is critical and must be accounted for in the style and intent of the ED. The ED is expected to lead an established annual planning process in partnership with the Board of Directors, and, in response to the strategic direction of the Board, design and execute specific initiatives to attain agreed upon objectives. The ED is accountable for all budgetary and financial systems and obligations. The ED creates integrated strategies in the areas of federal affairs, state affairs, professional affairs, marketing communications, and ancillary supporting activities. It is the ED’s responsibility to retain, orchestrate, and supervise appropriate staff, consultants, agencies, and other resources to carry out these strategies. The ED will provide regular progress reports to the Board. The ED will represent the AANP in a manner that is consistent with the goals and direction of the Association as articulated by the Board. The ED position will require regular travel for meetings, the annual convention, and other events.
KEY SUCCESS CRITERIA:
- Ability to develop and nurture strategic and long-term collaborative working relationships with members, corporate partners, and external stakeholders.
- Ability to design, develop and execute plans that lead to sustainable impacts, high member satisfaction, and strong brand value and appreciation.
- Ability to develop a strong organizational understanding of the integrative medicine consumer, industry and member needs, program requirements, and the goals and results required to be successful.
- Ability to motivate and lead a team to successful goal achievement and to manage the P&L in accordance to the needs and wishes of the Board of Directors.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all naturopathic stakeholders including medical schools, student groups, state organizations, and specialty societies.
- Ability to maintain high energy and follow-through to ensure critical goals and objectives are accomplished in a timely manner.
The office is located in Washington, D.C. and a local candidate is strongly preferred. A remote position will be considered for the right candidate with a proven track record for success within this model.