Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer

North Carolina
Posted 2 months ago

Profile Methodology

The profile for the position of EVP/CEO of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) was developed based on organizational data and interviews with NCMS leaders, volunteers, and staff.  These discussions were conducted to identify and prioritize the skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications and qualities required and desired in a new EVP/CEO.  Information regarding programs and services, organizational and cultural factors, and challenges and opportunities for NCMS was also developed from these discussions.


The NCMS is the oldest professional organization in the state.  It began in 1849 when 25 physicians united to advance medical science and to raise the standards for their profession.  Today, NCMS is more than 10,000 strong and provides leadership in medicine by uniting, serving, and representing physicians, physician assistants, and their health care teams to enhance the health of North Carolinians.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh, NCMS has a staff of 33 professionals with an annual operating budget of $5M (NCMS) and $2.8M (NCMS Foundation).  The NCMS is consistently recognized by its peers for being innovative and effective.

The NCMS is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors comprised of physician members. The Board is elected by and represents physicians and PAs from across the state. The EVP/CEO serves as the chief administrative partner to the elected President and reports to the Board of Directors. 

NCMS Programs and Services

NCMS delivers its mission through the following key endeavors:

Advocacy in several priority areas including legislative, regulatory, and legal, presenting an effective and unified voice for North Carolina medicine.

  • Weekly meetings with MDs/PAs and NC General Assembly legislators (“White Coat Wednesdays”)
  • Political Pulse Video Series
  • Representation at the NC Medical Board
  • Interaction with payors
  • Representation on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission


  • NCMS Bulletin Magazine
  • Daily Morning Rounds broadcast email

Continuing Medical Education

  • LEAD Healthcare Conference:  the NCMS’ annual meeting
  • State Accreditor Services for CME

NCMS Foundation

  • Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, including its year-long Leadership College
  • Community Practitioner Program, which funds MDs, PAs and NPs practicing in rural NC
  • Project OBOT Office-Based Opioid Treatment
  • Community Health Initiative, which coordinates contact between practices and community-based resources like diabetes prevention programs at local YMCAs
  • Disaster Preparedness and Resource Center, including practice funding after hurricanes

Physician Wellness Resources

Practice Resources

NCMS Committees

Communications Committee

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Ethical and Judicial Affairs Committee

Finance Committee

Legislative Cabinet

Medical Education Committee

Medical Team Task Force

Membership Committee

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Opioid Task Force

Policy Committee

Transactions Committee


  • Leading change while respecting NCMS traditions
  • Responding to new healthcare environment realities
  • Maintaining and growing the financial health and stability of the Society; diversifying revenue streams
  • Succeeding a long-tenured and highly regarded executive
  • Understanding and responding to a diverse membership with varying interests
  • Enhancing the membership value proposition to bring a broader constituency into the fold, while retaining a strong and existing membership
  • Addressing the needs of the growing number of employed physicians while serving those in private practice

Key Opportunities

  • Taking a leadership role in healthcare delivery in the ongoing and post COVID environment
  • Becoming more inclusive to stay relevant by embracing diversity in practice, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, medical specialty and ideas
  • Addressing public health issues
  • Leveraging the NCMS’ influence to create equitable health across the state; promoting an organization that strives to improve the health of all North Carolinians
  • Broadening and strengthening the NCMS’ relationships with other organizations and partners
  • Continuing to provide high quality advocacy for diverse stakeholders and constituencies
  • Continuing the tradition of strong relationships with political, medical and industry leaders
  • Respecting the asset of a high performing team
  • Modernizing communications by leveraging technology to enhance NCMS’ digital presence and member engagement through social media platforms and new program development


The NCMS seeks a visionary leader for the position of Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer (EVP/CEO).  In a healthcare landscape that will be impacted by the COVID epidemic in ways that are still unknown, the EVP/CEO will have the skills to bring together a wide array of people and ideas and lead with vision and authority.  The next EVP/CEO will demonstrate an inclusive management style, knowing how to utilize data as a tool for setting goals, measuring success, building consensus, and communicating results. The EVP/CEO will be a relationship person, working at the highest levels of government, medicine, and industry, and with the members and staff of the Society and will bring to the position a keen understanding of public health issues.

The EVP/CEO is responsible for establishing and achieving the operating and financial objectives, and for the growth of the NCMS, NCMSPAC, and NCMS business interests.  The NCMS is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors.

The EVP/CEO also serves as Executive Director of the NCMS Foundation, with approximately $15M in operating and reserve funds. These are designated for enhancing access to health care for underserved populations and for health system innovation. The EVP/CEO is responsible for establishing and achieving the operating and financial objectives, and for the growth of the Foundation.  The Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.

In both these roles, the EVP/CEO is the public face of the NCMS.  In this position, he/she provides vision and leadership to, and frequent communication with, the many other stakeholders affecting healthcare. These include the NC Congressional Delegation, NC General Assembly, the Office of the Governor, NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Medical Board, NC Healthcare Association and many others.

The Leadership Opportunity

Reporting to the Board of Directors, and in collaboration with the President, the EVP/CEO leads the organization in the faithful execution of all aspects of its mission and services and will be called upon to fulfill the following key responsibilities:

Leadership and Strategy

Serve as the primary advocate, visionary, fundraiser, and spokesperson for the organization. Work with Board and staff in setting clear goals and objectives, including long-range plans, annually to fulfill the mission and support public policy and equity in health care delivery. Develop relationships and a strong understanding of the organization’s impact with members, government officials, donors, and many other stakeholders. Lead from knowledge and information and employ data to determine strategies and measure outcomes. Build consensus, strategies and tactics in a metrics-driven environment, and report accordingly.

Staff Management and Volunteer Engagement

Build upon a positive work culture that supports a productive, professional work environment. Ensure staff members work effectively toward shared goals and a unified vision for the organization. Ensure a culture of gratitude for the hard work of staff, volunteers and board members. Bring staff along in the process of creating a performance-based environment. Support creative ideas for health initiatives in North Carolina

Resource Development

Lead resource development efforts with staff support, and strategically engage the Board in the fundraising process. Ensure short- and long-term fundraising plans are developed and executed. Advocate for government partnerships and support. Actively grow funding from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Maintain and steward key long-term relationships with the NCMS Foundation Board of Trustees, long-term supporters, and organizations with a significant history with NCMS while building new relationships in the community.

Financial Management

Direct and oversee the financial integrity of the NCMS and all affiliated organizations, ensuring the strategic creation of and adherence to the budget, diligently following approved financial policies and accounting ethics and best practice. Supervise the development of an annual operating budget for the organization. Think creatively and analytically about how to increase the impact of the organization while being fiscally responsible.

External Partnerships

Maintain the Society’s welcoming and inclusive culture, as well as its statewide presence through intentional relationship building with key stakeholders in the healthcare community and various business sectors.

Board Relations

In collaboration with the Board, identify, recruit, train, and retain highly effective Board members. Maintain regular communications with the Board and provide them with the necessary support, counsel, and information required for effective governance. Ensure a quality process for supporting the Board and their involvement in fundraising, strategic planning, capital campaign planning, and increasing overall visibility. Serve as the main point of contact for general inquiries from Board members and liaison with Board committees and Task Forces as necessary.

Attributes of the New Leader

The new leader must demonstrate a firm commitment to and passion for the NCMS mission and vision. In addition, he or she should possess a variety of attributes, including:

  • Positive, visionary and forward-thinking leader who motivates volunteers, board, staff, donors, and partners
  • A passion for health of all North Carolinians
  • Able to respect the traditions of the past while addressing the challenges of the future
  • Comfortable working with, and requesting support from, key influencers in politics, medicine and industry
  • Values equity, access, inclusion, and is energized by working in multiple communities
  • Strategic relationship builder
  • High social and emotional intelligence
  • Unwavering integrity and sound judgment
  • High energy
  • A consensus builder among diverse constituencies, in order to further common goals and objectives

Skills and Qualifications

  • A master’s degree or higher from an accredited college/university
  • Minimum six to ten years of relevant senior-level experience in healthcare with demonstrated success in organizational management including staff leadership, fundraising, operations, and strategic planning
  • Strategic business acumen with a strong track record in operations, finance, and budgeting
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships across a wide spectrum of personalities and professions with a strategic focus on a strong staff and volunteer base
  • Ability to listen and inspire others through written and verbal communications
  • Successful track record of internal and external team building and cultivating relationships among all stakeholder groups

Salary offered for this position is commensurate with experience and the size of the NCMS budget. NCMS provides full-time employees with health insurance, 401k savings plan, and a generous vacation and holiday policy.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Tuft & Associates at cbabjak@tuftassoc.com

Applications will be accepted until July 10, 2020

Nominations or referrals may be directed to

Jill Christie, President

Tuft & Associates


<h3><strong>Search Process: How to Apply</strong></h3>

This search is being conducted by Jill Christie, President, Tuft & Associates. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter electronically, using one of these options:

<li>Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.</li><li>Email your resume and cover letter to Catherine Babjak, Manager, at <a href=”mailto:cbabjak@tuftassoc.com</li>

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Job CategoryOpen
LocationRaleigh, NC