Sterling Martin Associates has been retained to search for Executive Director of the Obesity Medicine Association. The position is located in Denver, CO and is available immediately.
The Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) is the largest organization of clinicians dedicated to preventing, treating, and reversing the disease of obesity. Originally founded as the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the organization underwent a major rebranding and changed its name to Obesity Medicine Association in 2015 to reflect the changing landscape of the healthcare industry and the global impact of obesity. This change aligned OMA with the widespread recognition of obesity as a disease and clarified the essence of the organization, allowing OMA to reach beyond the U.S. to fight obesity on a global scale and continue to lead the growing field of obesity medicine.
OMA’s members include over 1,800 clinicians. OMA’s budget is in the $2.5M range, and the organization is in strong financial health. OMA is governed by an 11-member Board of Trustees, and the essential work of the organization is conducted through 11 committees covering a wide range of subject matter areas and topics. A professional staff of eight guides OMA’s daily operations, and OMA presents two annual, five-day conference each spring and fall as well as other meetings and seminars throughout the year. A separately-incorporated 501(c)(3) foundation, the Obesity Treatment Foundation, was developed to raise funds for clinical research about the treatment of obesity and to increase awareness and understanding about the complexities of obesity.
This is an exciting opportunity to further elevate OMA’s profile, grow the organization’s domestic and international membership, continue the organization’s educational and professional development offerings as programs of the highest quality and value, and lead the OMA into the next stage of growth. For more information, please visit www.obesitymedicine.org.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall strategic leadership of OMA: managing day-to-day activities of the organization; providing strategic leadership of all programs, services and resources; executing the objectives of the Strategic Plan, as approved by the Board of Trustees; overseeing the OMA professional staff; and providing oversight of the Obesity Treatment Foundation (OTF). As the day-to-day face of the OMA, the ED plays a key external role representing the organization’s interests with related societies and partners. The ED provides financial and operational management and will be expected to oversee current programs and services as well as help identify and open new streams of revenue.
In cooperation with the Board of Trustees, the ED will have the opportunity to advance the organization through the implementation of OMA’s five-point Strategic Plan (2016-2020). S/he will work to expand OMA‘s visibility and credibility with external audiences, while responding to developing issues that affect the delivery of obesity medicine. The ED will have an understanding of the challenges likely to be faced as OMA executes new and expanded initiatives, and s/he will have the vision and creativity to help find solutions to those challenges.
The ED will be an excellent communicator and relationship-builder, with strong leadership skills. Finally, the ED will be responsible for promoting a dynamic, efficient organizational culture that embraces growth, ensures accountability, and maintains OMA’s long tradition of transparency and integrity.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Outreach | Member Relations
Maintaining regular contact with OMA’s financial supporters, other associations, government agencies, public service organizations, and commercial companies to enhance OMA’s image.
Serving as the dynamic and recognized internal and external face of OMA.
Monitoring the relationship between OMA and its members, making every effort to ensure that cooperative relationships are always maintained.
Developing, supervising, and implementing an internal and external public relations and public awareness program that educates health professionals and the general public on obesity.
Overseeing OMA’s messaging, especially where the organization’s accomplishments and values are concerned.
Ensuring that partnerships with other organizations, medical societies, and patient advocacy groups remain strong and vibrant.
Ensuring that OMA remains a strong and vibrant member of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) and the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC),
Providing support for OMA’s Advocacy Committee to ensure that OMA’s voice is heard on Capitol Hill.
Establishing routine administrative policies and procedures for OMA’s day-to-day operations.
Overseeing all aspects of administration of OMA’s office, personnel, and finances.
Managing OMA’s finances, including the annual budget and long-range forecasts for both revenue and expenses.
Developing and supervising an effective financial portfolio program to meet organizational goals as established by the Board of Trustees.
Ascertaining that appropriate policies and procedures are in effect and insuring that timely communications exist between staff and membership.
Monitoring and recommending modification to the staff organization, as required, to improve efficiencies and utilization of resources.
Internal and External Relations
Providing administrative support as necessary for Board-approved projects.
Conducting research appropriate for OMA in order to provide the Board of Trustees with the necessary information for policy-making purposes.
Working in partnership with the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees by participating actively in all Board and Executive Committee meetings and calls.
Partnering with the President and President-Elect to help plan their terms of office and set agendas, oversee minutes, and follow up on action items.
Planning and coordinating meetings of the Board of Trustees in close cooperation with the Board President.
Working with the President and OMA staff on recruiting volunteers for committee and leadership service.
Providing an open line of communication to the Board of Trustees and keeping the Board informed of issues affecting OMA.
Providing administrative support and acting as a staff advisor to any Trustee-established committees that may be established as an adjunct to OMA.
Education | Programs | Conferences
Ensuring that conferences, seminars, and educational offerings remain of the highest quality and that they become the meetings of choice to attend in the field of obesity medicine.
Ensuring that all OMA programs remain relevant to the membership and the field of obesity medicine.
Ensuring that all OMA printed communications continue to represent the highest quality and are published and distributed in a timely manner.
Ideal Background and Experience | Qualities & Characteristics
The ideal candidate will be an experienced executive with business and financial acumen, someone who can identify new revenue opportunities, monitor and control expenditures, represent OMA to the external community, lead a staff team to success, and successfully manage a growing organization in a changing healthcare environment. All qualified candidates will be expected to present the following:
Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation a plus.
Experience in the healthcare arena a plus.
A minimum of five years’ previous organizational leadership experience at either the CEO, Executive Director or other senior leadership level.
Strong business and financial acumen.
Experience working with a volunteer-driven organization as either a staff member or volunteer desirable.
Demonstrated ability to plan strategically and think tactically.
Experience as a change agent, strategic thinker, and relationship/consensus builder.
Experience working with a governing board on strategy and implementation.
Demonstrated understanding of governance issues, including board management and dynamics.
Experience growing membership, including cultivation of new members and retention and stewardship of existing members.
Experience conducting strategic outreach to the public.
Experience building coalitions and strategic partnerships.
Knowledge of and experience with legislative and advocacy issues and processes, especially as they relate to national healthcare policy and reform.
Superior communications skills, both written and oral, and experience with public speaking.
Previous oversight of budgeting and financial management of an organization of OMA’s size and scope.
Ability to set priorities, delegate responsibilities, and mentor, motivate, and develop a senior-level staff.
A creative and entrepreneurial spirit and orientation.
Superior interpersonal and communications skills.
A charismatic nature and personality.
Calmness and determination to move OMA forward.
Integrity and commitment to the highest standards of operations.
OMA offers a competitive compensation package to attract the right candidate. The organization offers stimulating work and professional development opportunities. OMA also provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
To apply, please send a cover letter and current résumé (Microsoft Word® format preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org. A well-crafted cover letter outlining how your background and experience relate to the position is considered an important part of the candidate review process. All applications will be acknowledged.
OMA has been and remains committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, national origin, disability or handicap, or age.
We are the clinical leaders in obesity medicine who work to advance the prevention, treatment, and reversal of the disease of obesity.
To advance the field of clinical obesity medicine.
In 2015, we changed our name from American Society of Bariatric Physicians to Obesity Medicine Association. We chose Obesity Medicine Association (OMA) to reflect the changin...g landscape of the health care industry and the global impact of obesity. Our new name aligns us with the widespread recognition of obesity as a disease and removes the misunderstood term “bariatric” from our name, which wrongly suggested our members were bariatric surgeons. It allows us to reach beyond the U.S. to fight obesity on a global scale and continue to lead the growing field of obesity medicine.
We unveiled our new logo and launched our new name on Oct. 2, 2015. Watch our unveiling video to learn more about us.
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