The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. We are currently seeking an Executive Director for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) in our Chicago office.
The Executive Director, ASHE serves as chief staff officer of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), a Professional Membership Group (PMG) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). This position is responsible for overseeing the operations of a membership Society, managing the Board of the Society; developing and implementing the Society’s strategic plan and budget; organizing, directing, and evaluating staff, programs and activities of the Society in accordance with the Society’s guidelines and the AHA’s policies. The Executive Director also will be responsible for supporting and advancing the Society’s mission, vision and goals on behalf of the membership and profession in collaboration with the Board and the Association; operating the Society in a manner demonstrating integrity, collaboration, and innovation.
Governance and Strategy: Serves as chief staff officer of the society and the primary liaison to the Society’s Board. Directs the Society’s strategic planning process, with input from the Board and staff, and in alignment with the AHA strategic plan. Leads the development of Society goals, objectives, and tactics, allocating appropriate resources for their implementation. Tracks progress to the strategic plan and communicates status on goals and objectives. Responsible for all aspects of governance management including preparing meeting agendas in consultation with leadership, attending and facilitating board meetings, following up on Board actions and requests. Directs and manages committee activities and, in consultation with Board leadership and staff, designs and recommends programmatic content and services as appropriate to meet the Society’s strategic objectives. Seeks guidance from the Vice President, PMGs, as needed on best practices in Board governance.
Financial Planning and Performance: Using the strategic plan and stated priorities, develops an annual budget for Board input and AHA approval. Tracks and manages financial resources accordingly, engages board and staff in conversations regarding performance, prepares regular forecasts and develops corrective plans for deviations to budget. Keeps AHA management and Board advised. Guides the execution of Society’s programs, products and services according to the strategic plan and allocated resources. Monitors, evaluates, and negotiates contracts with business partners, suppliers or service-providers, vendors, speakers’ agents, etc. in accordance with AHA procurement policy; engages legal counsel in reviewing business terms.
Plans and directs the implementation of Society programs, products and services which are timely and relevant to members and the profession as a whole. These may include but are not limited to:
Annual conference and exhibition
Planning, Design, and Construction summit and exhibition
Website and online resources (vendor directory, career center, online tools)
Professional recognition and continuing education
Member recruitment, retention, and chapter relations programs
Advocacy efforts (legislative and regulatory)
Certification and designation programs
Operational Performance Benchmarking of Hospitals and Health Facilities
Selects, manages, and engages employees; conducts performance reviews and takes appropriate action to achieve operational results in accordance with AHA procedures; develops talent and future leaders within and across the Society to cultivate an environment that supports professional development and encourages diversity in team environment.
Represents the AHA and the Society in public communications and with existing and potential members, business partners, committees, and stakeholders. Oversees the design of marketing and communication strategies that are consistent with vision, mission, and values and enhance the reputation of Society; interacts with others within the Association; develops and fosters collaborative relationships with external organizations to advance the mission and vision of the Society and for the successful implementation of Society programs and services.
Participates as an active team member in the division of professional membership groups, taking a vested interest in the success of the division as whole. Collaborates with other society directors to determine type and quality of support services needed from division. Willing to take a lead role on collaboration within PMG groups and other AHA units. Provides leadership and coordinates collaborative relationships between the Society and other professional groups.
Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
Desired fields of study: Association management, engineering, architecture, healthcare construction management, business management, or similar.
Years of experience may be substituted for education.
10-12 years experience with a minimum of 10 years of experience (and professional certification) within either: - Association management (CAE) - Healthcare facility management (CHFM) - Healthcare architecture (ACHA) - Business management (MBA)
Minimum 5 years of senior leadership experience managing others is required.
Governance leadership (Board and committees) and development of new programs, products, and services is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of the healthcare environment and issues impacting the healthcare facility planning, design, construction, and operations.
Knowledge of principles and processes involved in strategy and business development, governance, volunteer management, organizational planning, and program coordination and execution.
Knowledge of principles and processes involved in financial management, process improvement, and master facility planning.
Internal Number: ASHEED
About American Society for Health Care Engineering
With more than 12,500 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to professionals who design, build, maintain, and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. ASHE members include health care facility managers, engineers, architects, designers, constructors, infection control specialists, and others. While our membership is diverse, ASHE members share a dedication to optimizing health care facilities and creating and maintaining safe healing environments. ASHE, a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, is a trusted industry resource that provides education, regulatory guidance, networking, advocacy representation, and professional development for our members. ASHE is committed to our members, the facilities they build and maintain, and the patients they serve.