The profile for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) was developed based on organizational data, discussions with the Search Committee and ACOEM staff, and a survey of ACOEM stakeholders, including Board and House of Delegate members; Council, Committee and Task Force Chairs and Vice Chairs; Advisory Panels; and staff. The survey and discussions were conducted to identify and prioritize the skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications and qualities required and desired in a next CEO. Information regarding programs and services, organizational and cultural factors, and challenges and opportunities for the ACOEM was also developed from the survey and discussions.
Founded in 1916, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) represents more than 3,500 physicians and other healthcare professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). ACOEM is the nation’s largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through occupational medicine, clinical care, research and education. While national in scope, ACOEM is composed of local component societies in the United States, whose members hold scientific meetings and network on a regular basis.
ACOEM is based in northwest suburban Chicago and has a dedicated staff of 17. ACOEM has healthy reserves and annual revenues of approximately $5M. Revenue streams are diverse, with significant revenues coming from educational program fees, publications, sponsorships, and membership dues. ACOEM supports its members in a number of ways – it produces the leading journal in the field, hosts the nation’s largest conference of its kind, conducts a growing portfolio of continuing education courses, and advocates on behalf of its members and workers locally and nationally. ACOEM has benefited from an engaged Board of Directors and House of Delegates, strong management, and a culture of service.
ACOEM provides leadership to promote optimal health and safety of workers, workplaces, and environments by:
- Educating healthcare / occupational health professionals and the public;
- Enhancing the quality of OEM practice;
- Guiding workplace and public policy; and
- Advancing the field of occupational and environmental medicine.
Strengthening communities and workplaces by ensuring worker health, safety, and well-being and fostering a healthful environment.
The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the property and affairs of the ACOEM. The Board of Directors consists of nine elected directors, one young physician director, officers of the ACOEM, the speaker and speaker-elect of the House of Delegates, and immediate past president. The officers of ACOEM consist of the president, president-elect, and vice president, who serve one-year terms, and treasurer, who serves a two-year term. The full Board meets quarterly. The ACOEM by-laws can be found at: http://www.acoem.org/ByLaws.aspx
ACOEM membership is diverse and includes board-certified physicians in preventive medicine, as well as many physicians with other primary specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery. Occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) is a board-certified designation within the specialty of preventive medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of work-related injuries and illnesses and other work-related issues, as well as disability assessment and mitigation, regardless of the source of the impairment.
Occupational health professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, industrial hygienists, nurses, safety professionals, and environmental health specialists are the leading experts in the complex interplay of factors that affect health in the workplace, helping organizations of all kinds ensure the health and productivity of their employees and advancement of the overall economy.
ACOEM, as the largest organization representing the voice of OEM practitioners and proponents, offers a wide range of information and assistance for those just starting out or looking to advance their knowledge of the specialty. Many physicians enter occupational and environmental medicine (OEM) later in their career because they find themselves seeing more and more patients for clinical evaluation and treatment for injuries and illnesses that are occupationally orenvironmentally related.
ACOEM Special Interest Sections are open to members of ACOEM and provide meaningful networking opportunities and peer recognition for OEM professionals with shared interests. Special Interest Sections play an integral role in ACEOM in many ways, including education, development of informational tools, generating position papers and advocacy. There are currently 22 special interest sections.
There are currently 19 component societies located across the U.S., plus an International Component. ACOEM members are required to join a component society and encouraged to attend component meetings. Components foster local/regional advocacy and serve as a launching pad for future leaders of ACOEM.
EDUCATION AND ANNUAL MEETING
ACOEM sponsors the annual American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), the nation’s largest conference of its kind with over 1,100 attendees each spring. ACOEM also conducts continuing education courses, including an Occupational Medicine Board Review. AOHC also offers education for MRO Drug/Alcohol Testing and Commercial Driver Medical Examiners. ACOEM is accredited by the ACCME to provide professional continuing education. ACOEM also supports its members seeking Maintenance of Certification as diplomats of ABPM by offering multiple educational opportunities to facilitate completion of the four components of certification. ACOEM launched a new online learning system this year which will allow members to obtain credits through a growing number of web courses.
JOURNAL, PUBLICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE CENTERS
Published by Wolters Kluwer, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM), is a leading scientific, peer-reviewed monthly publication in the specialty of occupational and environmental medicine. JOEM is the official journal of ACOEM. ACOEM publishes ACOEM Quarterly (AQ), a newsmagazine for members, by members, and several email publications including eNews.
ACOEM is the leading source of information and publications for a variety of OEM interest areas:
- Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers
- Commercial Driver Medical Examiners (CDME)
- Healthy Workforce Now
- Health and Productivity Management (HPM)
- Medical Review Officers (MRO)
- Emergency Preparedness
HOUSE OF DELEGATES, HEALTH POLICY AND ADVOCACY
The House of Delegates is ACOEM’s legislative arm, making recommendations to the ACOEM Board of Directors concerning policy matters affecting ACOEM. These policy issues take the form of resolutions. Created in October 1966, the House usually meets twice a year. The House consists of delegates — representatives from ACOEM component societies and sections. Components and sections elect or appoint delegates. The House is made up of seven standing work groups — Education and Academic Affairs (EAA), External Relations and Communications (ERC), Government Affairs (GA), Internal Affairs, Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures (IABPP), Membership (MB), OEM Practice (OP), and Scientific Affairs (SA).
ACOEM’s government relations activities help maintain a strong presence in Washington D.C., to ensure that its members’ interests are represented in key decisions affecting occupational and environmental medicine. ACOEM’s government relations activities include developing the public policy program for ACOEM; maintaining relationships with members of the Congress, regulatory personnel, and other government relations personnel; assisting in the development of public policies to support the goals of ACOEM; analyzing legislation and regulatory proposals; and providing counsel on current and pending policy matters.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall management of ACOEM and its staff to ensure effective administration of policies, programs and activities as determined by the Board. The CEO has the ultimate responsibility for carrying out the mission of ACOEM and achieving all of its strategic goals in a manner consistent with the core values of the organization.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Board of Directors, with primary interaction with the President, Presidential Line, and its Executive Committee.
Direct reports to the CEO include:
- Director of Education
- Director, Communications
- Director, Engagement
- Director, Scientific Programs
- Executive Assistant, Governance
- CRM Administrator
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provides for the effective operation of ACOEM within the framework of its bylaws and assures that the Board of Directors is regularly and adequately informed through meetings or discussions with the Board Officers and through regularly scheduled meetings of the Board, the Executive Committee, other Board committees and the House of Delegates.
- Maintains and directs ACOEM’s day-to-day operations, overseeing all personnel, financial and other managerial activities, while meeting regularly with key staff responsible for human resources, financial matters, legislative affairs, information systems and society and product services. The CEO consults with committee chairpersons, other directors, legal counsel and others as necessary.
- Initiates, prepares, executes and evaluates the strategic plan for ACOEM in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
- Adheres to all elements of corporate responsibility including open and effective Board relations.
- Recruits, onboards and motivates ACOEM personnel. Maintains a sound and efficient staff structure and builds and promotes a positive, team-oriented culture.
- Provides leadership aimed toward strengthening both internal and external partnerships.
- Ensures the interests and engagement of ACOEM membership at local, state, national and international venues on policy, public health and public relations issues regarding the practice and advancement of occupational and environmental medicine.
- Sustains the financial viability of ACOEM and identifies opportunities for revenue diversification and enhancement. Manages and articulates organizational financial priorities and needs to the ACOEM staff, executive officers and the Board.
- Anticipates legislative and regulatory trends with respect to the practice and advancement of occupational and environmental medicine and develops an appropriate action plan for ACOEM.
- Oversees the organization of key meetings, educational offerings, research activities and service offerings vital to the effective practice and advancement of occupational and environmental medicine.
- Fosters professional and productive relationships with all relevant governmental agencies and other organizations.
- Assures diversity among the employees and maintains an environment in which all employees feel comfortable and safe.
- Is responsible for other related activities that may be assigned by the ACOEM Board of Directors.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
ACOEM presents an exceptional leadership opportunity to its next CEO. Among the responsibilities assigned to this position, the following leadership opportunities merit particular attention from the next CEO:
Support a vision for growth and continued success for the society.
As is true with many specialties, the number of OEM physicians retiring each year outpaces those coming into the profession. This long-term trend for ACOEM membership has been flat over the last few years. At the same time, given the wide scope and continuing growth in demand for the field, and elevated visibility and awareness during COVID, there exists an opportunity to broaden its reach to other physicians and providers with an interest in OEM. ACOEM has seen a growth in the number of physicians with other primary specialties who are seeking to dedicate all or part of their practice to the field. In addition, other health care providers, many of whom can be served by ACOEM’s special interest groups, have also seen the value of joining ACOEM.
Beyond membership, the CEO will examine the revenue streams for ACOEM to ensure it has the influx of resources necessary to carry out its mission. ACOEM was recently awarded a major grant by the CDC via CMSS, creating opportunities for additional grant-seeking activities that have the potential to raise the visibility and financial health of ACOEM.
ACOEM’s current lease is set to expire in 2025. Located in Elk Grove Village, close to O’Hare International Airport, ACOEM’s national office includes ample space for staff as well as modern meeting and training space. The CEO will be charged with shepherding the process of analyzing its current space and needs and a possible relocation.
The CEO is the common thread for an organization which routinely changes its leadership by nature of a volunteer Board and Executive Committee. The CEO should also work to engage the Board in long-term strategic planning that will steer a clear and steady course for the organization over many years. The CEO will also ensure the organization continues to be responsive to the needs and strategic direction of a volunteer Board.
Enhance membership value and engagement.
ACOEM’s membership represents practitioners across a wide span of career stages. Many are looking to engage with ACOEM in new ways and desire assistance in career development, ongoing education, practice management support and representation for qualityof work/life issues. Opportunities exist to connect with early and mid-career physicians and improve the residency pipeline. The CEO plays an important role in advising the Board of best practices for engagement and in ensuring ACOEM is working towards meeting the changing expectations of new members.
ACOEM has undergone a complete digital transformation since 2018, with a full suite of new tools. This includes a new association management system, website platform, online community, learning management system, and all back-office tools. In 2022, ACOEM completed its transition to a new finance system which has eliminated all needs for an onsite data center. ACOEM is now fully cloud-enabled and benefits from the flexibility this offers. The new CEO will need to maintain an awareness of the state of technology and the effectiveness of ACOEM’s systems; making plans to sustain and improve on them as needed.
Further promote the value of occupational and environmental medicine.
ACOEM has worked effectively at creating partnerships with other societies, industry, regulatory andgovernmental bodies, as well as large groups representing employee safety and health. With greater public focus on the workplace (including COVID, return-to-work issues and violence in the workplace) ACOEM has the opportunity to take on greater relevance and be the go-to organization for physicians, employers and lawmakers.
Beyond this, ACOEM and its next CEO will be called upon to continue to work with members to prepare a common and clear message that promotes the field of OEM. ACOEM has engaged consultants for public relations and governmental affairs activities, and the new CEO will need to examine those functions and determine an appropriate future course for those functions. Given the large number of constituency societies that make up ACOEM, the structure is in place to further promote advocacy at a local andnational level. The CEO should also look for external win/win partnerships that ensure OEM has a seat at the table for important changes in health reform. The role of OEM within population health is also paramount, given the field’s emphasis on preventive medicine and wellness.
ACOEM has a strong relationship with its certifying board, the American Board of Preventive Medicine and sister societies including the Aerospace Medical Association and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Association. ACOEM is also a member of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and is a partner with them on a multi-year, multimillion-dollar vaccine awareness and acceptance program. ACOEM has worked to elevate the profile of OEM and the organization with federal and state agencies, and there is tremendous opportunity to build on this effort.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
ACOEM seeks a leader who sets a personal example of integrity, business acumen, and mentorship and evokes the best from staff, volunteer leaders and partners. The ideal qualifications include:
Education and Experience
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. A relevant Master’s degree (Business, Health Administration or related) is strongly preferred. CAE preferred.
- Significant leadership experience at a professional membership association, life sciences organization, health care provider organization, health care policy organization or related entity.
- Experience leading an organization through a strategic planning process, from setting the vision and agenda to the successful implementation and execution of key initiatives.
- Experience raising awareness of a profession/organization and guiding the process of refining/reimagining an organization’s brand and identity.
- Exceptional written and verbal communications skills, with polished presentation, persuasion and public speaking skills.
- Demonstrated experience in leading and working with a volunteer board of Directors.
- Strong business and financial acumen: smart, intuitive, analytical and astute. The successful candidate has an entrepreneurial focus and a track record of identifying and prioritizing are as for growth.
- Demonstrated experience successfully leading an organization through challenges such as a shifting membership profile, evolution of revenue models, expansion of service lines, or international expansion.
- Well-established advocacy experience and skills with a personal track record of interacting regularly and effectively with state and national government officials, other healthcare organizations and the media.
- Experience leading an organization’s practice quality management programs helpful.
- Experience overseeing a credentialing program is a plus.
ATTRIBUTES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
- A visionary leader with wisdom and ability to embrace new ideas while recognizing and preserving traditions that have worked well.
- A leader who works with the ACOEM Board, Executive Committee, House of Delegates, Component Society leadership, and particularly the current President in a complementary partnership. The CEO provides association management expertise, and the Board provides medical knowledge, all in a committed effort to create a healthy future for occupational and environmental medicine.
- A champion of innovative ways to leverage the multiple platforms that ACOEM maintains nationally.
- A collaborator and bridge-builder at heart; one who looks to grow through partnerships with relevant stakeholders and who can present a compelling case to work together to meet mutual goals.
- An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with the highest ethical and professional standards who is seen as a role model for others.
- Capable and willing to be a statesperson and diplomat for ACOEM; one who personifies what ACOEM and its members stand for. Possesses a strong presence acknowledged both within and outside the organization. She/he will be passionate about the field of occupational and environmental medicine.
- A well-organized and self-directed individual with strong interpersonal skills who is “politically savvy,” a good team player, and a consensus and morale builder. Delegates authority and responsibilities well, facilitates the professional development of others, and is able to trust, rather than micromanage, subordinates.
- Accountable leader with excellent follow up and follow through skills; has executive presence, a strong work ethic and is a role model for others.
- Possesses a commitment and capacity to engage with and support the activities of the ACOEM Board of Directors.
- Able to build a passion for the field of occupational and environmental medicine and has the desire to help shape historic and meaningful change for the profession.
- Possesses a growth and learner mindset and a persona of positivity, gratitude, and confidence.
- Demonstrates patience and perseverance.
- Applies a business and a DEI lens to ACOEM’s activities, products, and services.
The search for the CEO is being conducted by Tuft & Associates. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by July 22nd to:
Jill Christie, President, Tuft & Associates, c/o firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews with the Search Committee will be held via Zoom on August 8th & 11th.
Selected finalist candidates will meet with the Search Committee and Board of Directors in Chicago on August 20th.
ACOEM is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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