Executive Director (Chief Staff Officer)

Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association

The Executive Director reports to the board of trustees through the President.

Principal Responsibilities:
The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and executive management consistent with the strategic plan and the direction of the board. Manages and leads the professional staff and day-to-day operations of the association to achieve the association’s mission. Leads the association to a place of credibility in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Develops and nurtures strategic relationships and represents the association to the media, lawmakers, and other publics. Advances the mission, achieves financial and operational objectives. In addition, the Executive Director will:

  • Advise and support the board of trustees in governing the organization; participate fully in deliberations of the board, board committees, and other elements of governance including the Executive Committee; participate in the development of the strategic plan; provide the board with regular reports, thought leadership, data, analysis and recommendations to assist in governance and strategic thinking.
  • Develop and propose: the annual Plan of Work and Budget; Board and Operational Policies; New program and service opportunities; amendments to the bylaws and other governing documents.
  • Execute the annual plan of work and budget as adopted by the board.
  • Hire, develop, review, and terminate the professional staff.
  • Establish a customer-focused staff culture that supports innovation, continuous improvement, career-long learning and professional development within a safe, welcoming, and diverse workplace.
  • Set the tone and demonstrate ongoing support of a staff culture where employees of all levels report comfort discussing and taking action in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Support the growth and development of academies; provide a range of services, including consulting, board and staff development. Provide technological, financial, membership processing and other services as needed. Ensure that academies comply with the association’s bylaws, affiliation agreements, association operational standards including policies and procedures; inform and educate academies on IRS requirements, legal responsibilities and best practices.
  • Provide thoughtful stewardship of the association’s assets, including cash, investments, tangible property and intellectual property.
  • Maintain a strong and effective identity standard in person, in correspondence and electronically, protecting the association’s trademarks and service marks.
  • Assist the Foundation with the annual scientific Seminar, maintaining its stature as the state association’s premier educational event; deliver outstanding attendee experiences and achieve budget targets.
  • Plan and produce the Annual Meeting (House of Delegates) and other meetings as scheduled to deliver outstanding attendee experiences and achieve budget targets. Develop, implement, and market other products, programs, and services.
  • Serve as executive publisher of the association’s News Journal.
  • Lead policy advocacy and lobbying efforts with a contracted lobbyist: oversee research, media outreach, legislative education and member engagement in the policy process. Manage alliances, coalitions and relationships with other organizations that support health care advocacy efforts. Serve as Executive Director of the OPPAC and ensure compliance with state regulations.
  • Select, engage, and supervise vendors and contractors and other service providers as needed.
  • Evaluate and sign contracts and other agreements.
  • Work closely with professional advisors to the board, such as the general counsel and CPA firm.
  • Develop and manage relationships with sponsors, partners, advertisers, strategic allies, and others.
  • Inform the board regarding the condition and operations of the organization and trends, events, or emerging issues that can impact the association’s success.
  • Manage the office, infrastructure, systems, policies and procedures necessary to administer the office operation, serve members and chapters and ensure consistent, high-quality, professional operations.
  • Serve in a role with the Foundation on the Board of Directors.

Bachelor’s degree. An advanced degree is preferred. Ten years in 501 (c)(6) professional member association work with at least 5 at a senior level. Certification in association management (CAE) preferred.

Minimum of 15 years of work experience with at least 10 years in a senior executive management position. Previous association CEO experience is preferred.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Spokesperson, ambassador, and advocate for the association.
  • A leader able to develop credibility with the membership, staff and board.
  • Experience engaging a diverse, global constituency.
  • Personable, self-confident, and positive.
  • Self-reflective and excellent communicator.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 25 percent of time in state and domestically on behalf of the association.
  • Trustworthy; operates with the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior.
  • Skilled in interpersonal and organizational conflict analysis, management, and resolution.
  • Open, candid management style.

To apply:
Send cover letter plus resume to:  (preferred)
or to: PO Box 925, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223-0925.

Founded in 1915, the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association (OHFAMA) is the DBA for the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA). A 501 (c)(6) state component of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), OHFAMA represents 670 podiatric physicians and surgeons, residents, fellows, and medical students at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) – the largest podiatric medical school in the United States. The deliberative business of OHFAMA is governed by a 16-member Board of Trustees which includes the five members on the executive committee. Trustees are elected by eight geographic Academies of the organization, one student member from KSUCPM as well as one young physician board member. The Executive Director also serves on the Executive Committee


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