Chief Executive Officer

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Since its founding in 1941, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has been dedicated to its mission to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence and innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Endoscopy has been a major advance in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Endoscopy enables the detection and urgent treatment of ulcers, cancers, polyps, and sites of internal bleeding. Endoscopy is extremely safe, with very low rates of complications, when performed by properly trained endoscopists, such as those who are members of the ASGE.

With more than 15,000 members worldwide, the ASGE promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. The Society serves the medical profession and the public by providing education, development of guidelines and position statements, and advocacy related to the responsible performance of gastrointestinal endoscopy, for the benefit of patients, the public, and medical professionals.

ASGE is the only medical society that requires documentation of specific training in GI endoscopic procedures. For decades, the ASGE has set strict requirements for membership, including demonstrated training in GI endoscopy. ASGE members undergo a rigorous application and screening process, and are recognized by the medical community as knowledgeable, experienced experts in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures and gastroenterology or GI surgery.

The ASGE provides a full range of educational courses, a peer-reviewed research journal, GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, among other publications, an annual scientific meeting (Digestive Disease Week), and a website serving members and the public ( ASGE also hosts a colon cancer awareness website (

The ASGE’s facility, the IT&T Center, is located in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, where it is situated on 3.5 acres alongside protected woodlands and with easy access to both O’Hare and Midway Airports. The heart of the IT&T is the advanced 2,800-square-foot Bioskills Laboratory with up to 16 stations that can be customized to meet unique requirements. The Center is ideal for hands-on surgical training, new product education or demonstration, medical association symposia, interactive trainings and presentations, and other activities that advance medicine and improve patient care. The IT&T Center functions both as a live and virtual learning environment, and a comprehensive venue for educational conferences and business meetings, including a 100+ seat auditorium.

The ASGE also includes the ASGE Foundation, Digestive Healthworks (DHW), and the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE).



The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) works with the ASGE Governing Board to fulfill its responsibility to set policy and serves as the chief staff officer overseeing all operations and staff of the organization. The CEO reports to the Governing Board and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. A key aspect of this position is to ensure that strategic direction is developed and implemented for all entities of the organization including the Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T), ASGE Foundation, Digestive Healthworks (DHW), and the Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE).

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic planning. Ensures the organization has a long-range strategy, developed by the Governing Board and Society leadership team, and formulated to achieve the Society’s mission. Fosters use of the strategic plan by leadership and staff, and makes certain it is updated regularly.

Governance. Responsible for the support of all activities associated with the governance of the organization, including the work of ASGE officers, Governing Board, and Executive Committee. Serves as a member of the ASGE Leadership Team.

Operations. Provides leadership in developing program, organizational, and financial plans in concert with the Governing Board, committees, and staff. Carries out programs and policies authorized by the Board to ensure the smooth function of ASGE operations and the timely and effective accomplishment of goals.

Financial management. Works with the staff, Budget and Finance Committee, and the Governing Board in preparing a budget and ensuring the organization operates within budget guidelines. Responsible for ensuring and maintaining sound financial practices. 

Relationship-building. Serves as the senior ASGE representative with industry and corporate supporters, and builds and maintains productive and sustainable relationships with these key stakeholders.

Human resources. Responsible for the recruitment, employment, effectiveness, and release of all staff. Leads an effective management team, with appropriate provision for succession, and fosters a climate that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse staff of top-quality professionals.

Professional knowledge. Maintains current knowledge of the external environment related to gastrointestinal(GI) endoscopy and healthcare.

Candidate Qualifications


Master’s degree (MA/MS/MBA) in business, communications, health administration, or a related discipline is desirable. Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential highly desirable.

Career Experience

The ideal candidate for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the ASGE is an experienced leader with a minimum of 10 years in association management or with relevant management experience in a healthcare environment.

Essential Skills & Abilities

The qualified candidate for the position of CEO must be a skilled leader who is proactive, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented. He/she will also demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent organizational management skills that include extensive experience developing and executing strategic plans, supervising and coaching staff, providing solid fiscal management, and maximizing non-dues revenue
  • Strong leadership skills, effective people skills, and excellent oral, written, and critical-thinking skills
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

The ASGE requires the successful candidate for the position of CEO to be able to:

  • Motivate and manage volunteer leaders and staff, understand group process, and provide team leadership
  • Demonstrate political and marketing savvy
  • Work independently as well as part of a team, and effectively interact with many different personalities
  • Plan and execute long-term strategies while efficiently managing day-to-day activities
  • Work well with physician leadership and thrive in a fast-paced, highly productive, and rapidly changing environment
  • Embody ASGE’s core values (integrity, commitment, accountability, teamwork, and leadership) and be culturally aware and committed to diversity
  • Travel within and outside the continental United States, as needed and as permissible, to attend conferences, meetings, etc.

The ASGE requires all employees to work collaboratively with others and demonstrate a cooperative, flexible, and adaptable approach to building and maintaining respectful working relationships. A successful candidate for the

CEO position will be adept in managing relationships with people in these primary groups for ASGE: Board members and volunteer leadership, Board committee members, ASGE members, ASGE staff, and external contacts that include collaborations with GI executives, association professionals, and corporate partners.


For all organizations worldwide, the COVID-19 era and beyond will continue to reveal new strategic issues and unprecedented operational challenges. Under the leadership of a new Chief Executive Officer, the ASGE will need to be nimble and ready to navigate this new environment while continuing to serve its members who also will be grappling with major changes to their practices and profession.

In February 2020, prior to the full onset of the pandemic, the ASGE Governing Board conducted a strategic visioning session to identify critical goals to ensure a strong and effective future for the ASGE. These include:

Maintain Leadership in Endoscopy Education: The ASGE will provide a platform for top educators to deliver premier content and will be in the forefront of advancements in medicine and related educational content. This is accomplished by contributing to the development of new technologies in endoscopy and endoscopy education, use of state-of-the-art technology, and provision for a range of course content and delivery methods to meet different customer needs.

Maintain Leadership in Regulatory and Quality Standards: The ASGE will continue to be the leading organization that sets the standards of care and quality in endoscopy, and defines the framework for the regulatory environment for endoscopy.

Ensure Diversity in the Board and General Membership. To reflect the diversity found in society, ASGE will continue its efforts to increase representation based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin. ASGE also aims to broaden membership to include both general and advanced GIs and expanded geographic representation. The ASGE also will examine the makeup of the Governing Board to ensure it is representative for the diverse interests of the organization.

Utilize the IT&T Center for Maximum Benefit. The Governing Board will establish a task force to examine all aspects of the IT&T Center, including identifying options to rent or lease underutilized space and exploring technical capabilities for online or Internet-based training and education.

Expand International Programming & Membership. The ASGE seeks to expand its existing successful international outreach program by utilizing the digital capabilities of the IT&T Center to further increase interaction, education, and communication with the international community. In addition to these outreach efforts, the ASGE will look to incorporate advances and new ideas or methods in GI that are developed outside the United States.

Search Process: How to Apply

This search is being conducted by Jill Christie, President, Tuft & Associates.

Deadline to apply: September 1, 2020

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically, using one of these options:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email your resume and cover letter to Catherine Babjak, Manager, at; 312.642.8889

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LocationDowners Grove, IL