Executive Director

Posted 5 months ago

About the Dermatology Foundation

The Dermatology Foundation (DF), established in 1964, is the largest private source for medical research funding in dermatology.  Located in Evanston, IL this  501(c)3 member-based professional organization serves dermatologists throughout the United States. The DF’s mission is to provide research funding that develops and retains future teachers and researchers in dermatology, enabling advancements in patient care. The DF’s prestigious research awards are highly competitive and are bestowed only to those new physician scientists and investigators who have the potential and desire to make major contributions to the field of dermatology.

The DF maintains a crucial role in the ongoing advancement of the specialty. It is the only organization that provides significant research support desperately needed by fellows and junior faculty, enabling them to begin the difficult work of establishing a fully funded investigative career. The long-term results of the Dermatology Foundation’s work are profound. For over 50 years, the DF has bestowed over $75M in research dollars for over 2300 research projects. The result is a pool of innovative physician scientists and investigators who have progressed and contributed new knowledge and therapies for dermatology – benefiting patients everywhere.

The DF garners financial contributions for its mission from member dermatologists, corporate supporters and specialty societies. These constituencies recognize the Foundation as the expert in assessing the specialty’s research and academic needs/gaps and rely on the DF to identify and support future leaders in the field who will move dermatology forward and improve patient care.

The Foundation also administers member service and education programs that are available to all dermatologists across the U.S. (approximately 14,000). These include its annual continuing medical education meeting (the DF Clinical Symposia), its resident outreach program (Better Skin Care Through Research), and its national quarterly publication (Dermatology Focus) focused on advancements in the specialty.

With an annual revenue of $6.3M and a total portfolio of $47M, the DF is poised to enter a new era.  Governed by a volunteer Board of 37 members and an Executive Committee of 13 members, the Dermatology Foundation is seeking an Executive Director to follow its retiring highly respected and long-standing leader.  This new leader will have the opportunity to impact the organization in a way that reflects the many changes taking place in the field of dermatology and in medical practice in general.

The Position

The Executive Director (ED) is a respected and engaging leader, responsible for the financial success and effective and efficient operations of the organization.  The ED is responsible for working the Board of Trustees to create a vision for the organization and align resources to move the organization forward.  The ED will lead by example; demonstrate professional communications and management skills that empower and motivate staff: provide oversight of day-to-day operations and establish strong and effective working relationships among trustees, volunteers, stakeholders, staff and various partner organizations within and outside the field of dermatology.

Reporting relationships:  The Executive Director reports to The President and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and supervises a staff of 7 full and part time staff with direct reports including Deputy Executive Director, Director of Development (vacant), Executive Coordinator, and Accounting Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee to create a vision for the future of the organization. Ensures that all daily operations of the organization are effective, efficient and consistent with that vision and the organization’s mission.
  • Serves as chief fundraiser. Works with staff and volunteers to establish strategies and tactics for an annual and long-range plan including the acquisition and retention of individual and corporate donors. Sets goals, oversee implementation, and communicates outcomes.
  • Serves as chief spokesperson for the organization, cultivating and maintaining relationships with donors, volunteers, corporations and all stakeholders. Ensures the DF’s central role in the ongoing advancement of dermatology is fostered.
  • In concert with the Board of Trustees, develops, monitors, and updates, as appropriate, strategic and financial expectations, establishing short- and long-range goals, measurable objectives, and time frames for implementation.
  • Has full P&L responsibility for the DF ensuring timely and accurate preparation of budgets, progress reports, and all required filings.
  • Develops a communications plan that ensures the value of DF membership is broadly communicated by proactively employing innovative strategies to retain and attract new members.
  • Overseas the review and maintenance of the core program of awarding research grants currently in 13 funding categories, working with the board committees to allocate approximately $3.2M in grants annually including all steps of the process from RFP, to ranking and compliance.
  • Provides leadership and direction in developing and retaining a competent, high-performing and professional staff. Hires, directs, and evaluates staff, including overseeing matters of recruitment, salary, and HR policy.
  • Oversees all aspects of the planning and implementation of donor recognition events, the annual continuing medical education meeting, the DF Clinical Symposia, annual resident outreach programs, and the DF’s publications.
  • Ensures successful working relationships with all DF committees; provides staff support as well as operational oversight and policy execution. Maintains an organization culture of professionalism and respect for physician members.
  • Maintains a management environment that promotes open communication, encourages direct problem solving, stimulates innovation and creativity, and fosters a culture of inclusiveness, while producing positive results.
  • Maintains highest ethical standards.
  • Performs all other tasks as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

Desired Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a business or health related field; other advanced degree preferred; CAE desirable.
  • 10 years’ professional work experience in complex organizations, with demonstrated success in leading, planning, and organizing operations including experience working closely with physicians as a senior executive in a professional health care or organized medicine association.
  • At least 10 years’ management experience in a fundraising/business development role with demonstrated results.
  • Proven financial management acumen, with the ability to oversee a wide range of financial activities.
  • Proven ability to develop trusting relationships with Board members, donors, physicians, deans, and executive-level corporate contacts.
  • Excellent strategic, planning, and implementation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess processes and implement changes utilizing current technology and communication techniques
  • A general working knowledge of the health care delivery system and familiarity with legislation affecting fundraising
  • and physician education.
  • Success in managing and motivating a high-performing staff teams, with experience in effective hiring and conducting performance appraisals.
  • Experience with major association activities or businesses, such as: annual meeting, CME symposia, membership recruitment and retention, publications and health policy.
  • Proven ability to organize and lead strategic efforts, collaborate and build consensus.
  • The ability to travel 12-15 times a year for DF business and specialty meetings.
  • Exceptional verbal, interpersonal and writing skills.

Key Attributes

  • Ability to work for physicians as a “servant leader;” personal dedication to the profession of medicine and a willingness to support and protect the physician-patient relationship.
  • Experienced and confident fundraiser who can build a development culture throughout the organization.
  • Strong management and organizational skills; forward thinking, energetic, and optimistic; able to lead by example, build consensus, and motivate.
  • Transparent, collaborative, and inclusive leadership style that fosters and encourages diverse points of view and representation.
  • Ability and capacity to manage change effectively; can inspire confidence and establish a sense of common direction and vision while delegating effectively.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; a sense of presence.
  • Have a pulse on current communication styles.
  • A belief in the importance and value of customer service and good member relations.
  • Desire and ability to grow and improve an organization.
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Understanding of and respect for the roles and responsibilities of the board, staff and other governance issues.
  • Financial background with strengths in budgeting and strategic business development.

Opportunities and Challenges 

The next Executive Director of the DF will follow a long serving, highly respected leader to head an organization of dedicated volunteers and professionals.  Those stakeholders agree it is time to examine the way things have been done previously and introduce new strategies in a manner that honors the history of the organization.  The existing strong support base will provide the building blocks to address the concerns and needs of younger dermatologists and the consolidation in the Pharma Industry.  This is an opportunity to set a path that the DF can follow for many years to come.

Timetable and Application Process

Tuft & Associates is accepting applications for a new Executive Director of the Dermatology Foundation beginning March 9, 2020.  Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2020.

First round interviews will take place in Chicago on June 15 and June 16.  Final round interviews will be on July 10.

Activity/Estimated Date:

  • DF Search Committee reviews materials and selects candidates to be interviewed: End of May, 2020
  • DF Search Committee interviews first-round candidates: June 15-16, 2020
  • DF Search Committee interviews second-round candidates: July 10, 2020
  • New CEO ideal start date: Mid-August, 2020

Search Process: How to Apply

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 cbabjak@tuftassoc.com; 312.642.8889

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LocationEvanston, IL