Chief Executive Officer

Posted 6 months ago

Profile Methodology

This profile provides information about the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and is designed to assist individuals in assessing their interest and qualifications for the position. This profile was developed using organizational data, along with findings from a survey of, and discussions with, key association stakeholders including ARRT leaders, staff, and volunteers. These discussions were conducted to identify and prioritize the skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications, and qualities required and desired in a new leader. Information regarding programs and services, organizational and cultural factors, and challenges and opportunities for ARRT was also developed from these discussions.

About ARRT

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is the world’s largest organization offering credentials in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. ARRT carefully certifies and registers technologists in a range of disciplines by overseeing and administering education, ethics, and examination requirements. ARRT also advocates for the safety and advancement of radiologic science professionals by supporting initiatives such as the Image Gently Alliance and by contributing to industry research studies.


Promote high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy.

ARRT History and Membership

Founded in 1922, ARRT has a proud legacy of excellence and a clearly defined mission to promote high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. Over its 100-year history, ARRT has undergone many major changes as the industry, radiologic technology, and educational and certification approaches have advanced. Today, there are approximately 350,000 individuals certified and registered by the ARRT and these individuals hold approximately 550,000 credentials. An individual who holds an ARRT credential is designated as a Registered Technologist or R.T. ARRT is incorporated in the State of Minnesota as an independent credentialing entity and is not a component of a professional membership society. As such, ARRT does not provide the types of services typically associated with professional membership societies (e.g., meetings, continuing education, journals).


ARRT is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, and these trustees are the only members of the ARRT. The Board has the sole responsibility for policy making, oversight of the organization’s affairs, and employing a Chief Executive Officer to manage the organization. Trustees serve four-year terms and may serve up to two terms. New Trustees are appointed by the Board of Trustees from among nominees identified by several external professional societies.


ARRT creates and administers education, ethics, and examination requirements that must be met to obtain and maintain a credential. Testing services are also provided to states that license technologists in medical imaging and radiation therapy. ARRT provides management services, plus examination, development, and examination administration services to the American Board of Imaging Informatics under contractual arrangements.

ARRT supports 15 credentials, available in a range of disciplines and through different pathways. Although all pathways share the same ethics and examination requirements, they have different education requirements. ARRT credentials reflect competence in various disciplines or areas of interest. ARRT creates and administers education, ethics, and examination requirements that must be met to obtain and maintain a credential.

The following are ARRT credentials:

  • Bone Densitometry (BD)
  • Breast Sonography (BS)
  • Cardiac Interventional Radiography (CI)
  • Cardiovascular Interventional Radiography (CV)*
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR)
  • Mammography (M)
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (N)
  • Quality Management (QM)*
  • Radiation Therapy (T)
  • Radiography (R)
  • Registered Radiologist Assistant (R.R.A.)
  • Sonography (S)
  • Vascular Interventional Radiography (VI)
  • Vascular Sonography (VS)

* ARRT does not issue new credentials in these disciplines but continues to support existing credentials.


ARRT prides itself on being a mission-driven and evidence-based decisionmaker. A critical part of developing and maintaining high-quality examinations involves active participation in, and critical review of, research that is relevant to developing and maintaining high-quality certification and registration programs. Conducting research is beneficial both to ARRT as well as to the professional community. The research ARRT has done in equating low-volume exams has benefited other credentialing organizations, and the results of applied research studies serve to directly inform the decision-making processes at ARRT.

Practice Analysis Studies: Each ARRT certification and registration program is based upon a practice analysis study.

ARRT-Facilitated Research: University of Minnesota/National Cancer Institute Research: The United States Radiologic Technologists (USRT) Study is ongoing research that includes 146,000 radiologic technologists who were registered with ARRT for at least two years prior to 1982. The study joins the resources and expertise of the University of Minnesota, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and is the largest and most comprehensive study of people who are exposed to radiation in medical jobs in the world. It is also unique as a health study because people from all 50 states in the U.S. are participating.

R.T. Mailing Lists Available for Research Study: ARRT also supports the efforts of other individuals and organizations doing research on the profession by providing mailing lists for surveying samples of Registered Technologists.


ARRT is deeply involved in state and federal advocacy efforts. Governmental work focuses on issues that promote patient safety and protect the value of the radiologic technology profession. Federal issues include passing legislation, creating regulations, and addressing medical reimbursement issues. State issues include mandating licensure and guiding its application.

ARRT’s government affairs activities are built on three principles:

  • Helping develop and support federal and state laws that improve quality and safety standards
  • Promoting efforts that require professionals to have consistent qualifications in medical imaging and radiation therapy
  • Advocating on behalf of Registered Technologists (R.T.s) in all disciplines to promote the best patient outcomes

ARRT is only one of the organizations supporting these types of activities. ARRT engages in partnerships, coalitions, and common causes to work toward common objectives and interacts with lawmakers, encouraging them to become engaged with ARRT causes.


As a leader in credentialing for radiologic technologists, ARRT places a priority on giving back to the radiologic technology community. ARRT supports the profession in many ways: by providing financial assistance to help people become R.T.s, by recognizing technologists who go the extra mile, and by supporting industry organizations that seek to advance the profession.

Charitable Contributions

Support of the ASRT Foundation Campaign

ARRT’s pledge of $250,000 to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) Foundation’s 30th anniversary campaign helped the Foundation reach its $1 million fundraising milestone. The campaign will fund a range of scholarship, grants, and other special programs that provide financial assistance and support to educators, students, and clinical staff in the profession.

Grants and Scholarships

Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship

ARRT believes that everyone deserves a chance to pursue the goal of becoming a radiologic technologist. To help minority students ease the financial burden of an educational program, ARRT created the Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship. It awards five $4,000 scholarships each year to minority students in entry-level educational programs (for Radiography, Sonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Radiation Therapy, or Nuclear Medicine Technology). The scholarship is funded through an endowment that ARRT established; and it also receives contributions from individual donors.

Annual Grants

Through a partnership with three professional societies, ARRT awards 65 $500 grants each year to technologists. These grants help defray the cost of continuing education activities, post primary application fees, professional courses, and educational products.

Support for Local Chapters of Professional Societies

ARRT partners with industry organizations and professional societies throughout the country, providing resources—such as informational materials, brochures, and giveaways—for local chapter meetings and conferences. ARRT Trustees, executive team, and staff also contribute their time by speaking at chapter and affiliate conferences and by leading seminars.

In 2016, ARRT created I Am the Gold Standard, a recognition program for R.T.s. To be considered for the honor, nominees must meet a range of criteria, such as making a positive difference in patient care, volunteering, leading improvement efforts in the workplace, and/or participating in meaningful research. Three winners receive airfare, hotel, and conference registration for a national society conference of their choice in the continental U.S.


The following represent some of ARRT’s many affiliations and partners:

  • Continuing Education (CE) sponsors
  • Government agencies and state licensing agencies
  • Medical imaging groups and organizations in the radiologic technology community
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
  • American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
  • The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
  • Society of Radiology Physician Extenders (SRPE)
  • The Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA)
  • American Neurological Association (ANA)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • Other credentialing and national certification organizations



Each year, ARRT publishes a collection of conversations with R.T.s highlighting their accomplishments, their perspectives, and their pride in the profession.


The go-to source for important news about ARRT certification and registration. Each issue contains up-to-date information regarding renewal, continuing education, ethics requirements, and more.


A twice-yearly publication that provides timely and relevant information to educators.


ARRT’s news feed provides up-to-date information on ARRT policies, events, announcements, and industry news.


Patient Information: Protecting Patients, Recognizing Radiologic Technologists (Value of Certification)

Organizational Information: Education + Ethics + Examination = ARRT’s Equation for Excellence

Exam Information: How ARRT Develops Exams and Assessments


ARRT’s culture is characterized by dedication to the mission of the organization and a high level of engagement among staff, Board Trustees, and volunteers. Staff members are committed and collaborative. They are also viewed as organized, hardworking and helpful. ARRT’s leaders are characterized as “mission-driven, compassionate, visionary, strategic, and competent.” ARRT volunteers are described as passionate and selfless.  They are also seen as professionals who are highly motivated to serve and enthusiastic about the work of the organization.


ARRT stakeholders cite a wide variety of valued services, programs, and initiatives that ARRT provides.  There is strong consensus that exam creation and administration and the integrity of the exam are most valued. Respondents believe that exam-issued credentials are “widely known and accepted.”  Quality service to ARRT’s R.T.s and to the medical imaging and community is also highly rated.  Ethics related to the exam, and the establishment and enforcement of ethics policies are also highly valued.  Other areas that stakeholders value are ARRT’s advocacy efforts and relationships with vendors such as Pearson VUE.


There is an overarching desire among stakeholders to bring new technologies to ARRT. Specific examples include: An updated IT infrastructure and website that is more interactive, providing self-service options and eliminating paper forms. New technologies would also allow a better connection with R.T.s and students and more easily communicate how to meet ARRT requirements. Stakeholders would also like to see a stronger online presence and increased digital marketing. Other suggestions related to technology are offering electronic payment capability and a mobile app. There is a desire for increased advocacy and promotion of ARRT’s interests as well as better promotion and marketing of the organization itself. Finally, stakeholders believe there is an opportunity for improved communications and transparency at all levels of the organization.


The Chief Executive Officer of ARRT is responsible for overseeing the organization’s governance, administration, programs, exam development, certification, and strategic vision and implementation. The position reports directly to the 10-member Board of Trustees, who have sole responsibility for policy making and oversight of the organization’s affairs. The new CEO will genuinely value the legacy of ARRT while engaging the organization to adapt and evolve for a successful future.


  • Manage the ARRT staff of 100 and an annual operating budget of $20 million; ensuring that talent and resources are aligned with ARRT’s strategic goals.
  • Make sound financial decisions and recommendations based on a thorough understanding of the organization’s overall financial picture.
  • In partnership with the Board of Trustees, develop and execute a long-range strategic plan to ensure ARRT’s sustainability; effectively aligning talent and assets to advance the strategic plan and inspire others to support the strategic plan.Ensure the Board of Trustees is fully informed about the financial performance, policies, programs, and issues related to ARRT. Provide the comprehensive information and reliable data needed to make sound decisions.
  • Model ARRT’s core values and foster an organizational culture founded on collaboration, data-based decision-making, professional development, and lifelong learning.
  • Represent ARRT externally and serve as the ambassador and authoritative voice of the organization.
  • Build strategic partnerships and a rapport with the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, the American College of Radiology, and other entities central to fulfilling ARRT’s mission.
  • Develop and execute strategies to create a sustainable competitive advantage including being attuned to the need for change and responsive to new opportunities to enhance ARRT’s value.


  • Advanced degree required; doctoral degree desirable; ARRT certification helpful
  • A minimum of six to 10 years of leadership experience
  • Collaborative and inclusive executive who encourages engagement and seeks a diversity of input
  • Visionary leadership with a global perspective
  • Ability to work with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to listen with compassion and lead open discussions; experience as a public speaker and organization spokesperson is a plus
  • Background in cultivating relationships and developing consensus among diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to make difficult decisions; and adept at drawing upon data to inform decision-making
  • An inclusive leadership style that leverages others’ expertise and fosters collective ownership of strategies and plans
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively with a national Board through understanding of and respect for the role of the Board of Trustees
  • Successful record of staff leadership, including developing and coaching employees
  • Strong financial acumen and well-developed business skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to delegate


  • An honest and transparent professional with the highest degree of integrity
  • A visionary and “big picture” thinker who has a focused and disciplined approach to execution
  • Compassionate, caring, and accessible executive with a sense of humor and humility
  • Respectful, candid, and trustworthy professional who inspires and motivates others
  • Innovative and creative executive who encourages innovation and creativity in others
  • Able to foster an environment that accepts calculated risk-taking and ambiguity
  • Manages conflict effectively and is skilled in negotiations
  • Attention to detail and a steady focus on outcomes
  • Employs a collaborative, data-based and inclusive decision-making process; and does not hesitate to make difficult decisions



  • Accomplished a smooth and seamless transition with no disruption in service and achieved acceptance by the radiologic technology community
  • A high degree of employee satisfaction; minimal staff turnover
  • Growth in skill level of staff and improved HR management
  • Built strong rapport and connection with staff while getting to know ARRT
  • High degree of reported satisfaction from the Board of Trustees
  • Clear communication of the vision and strategic direction of ARRT


  • ARRT continues to represent the “gold standard” in the industry and is recognized as a leader in the credentialing world
  • Maintained and increased the number of credentialed individuals
  • ARRT credentialing is known for its rigor and integrity; and holds a national reputation in the field
  • Documented growth in professional development and satisfaction of staff
  • Evidence of new initiatives, new credentials, and organizational change/modernization
  • Continued financial stability of ARRT


  • Application Deadline: August 5, 2022
  • First Round Interviews: September 17-18, 2022
  • Finalist Interviews: September 29, 2022
  • CEO Placement Announcement: November 11, 2022

Applications will be accepted until August 5, 2022

Nominations or referrals may be directed to:

Jill Christie, President
Tuft & Associates, Inc.

ARRT is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity.

To learn more about ARRT, go to


This search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates, Inc. and Association Strategies, Inc. Qualified candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and a cover letter that outlines relevant personal qualifications to:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
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LocationSt. Paul, MN