Chief Executive Officer

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Greenwood Village, CO




About the ACVIM

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is the certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology, and small animal internal medicine. ACVIM is dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through the education, training, and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care.

The mission of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is to enhance animal and human health by advancing veterinary internal medicine through training, education, and discovery.

Based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, ACVIM has more than 2,600 members, an annual budget of $5.5M, and 17 employees.


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ACVIM provides the vision and leadership to guide the daily management of the organization to ensure the success of its core programs and maintain its financial stability.

The CEO, with the staff of the ACVIM, executes the policies established by ACVIM’s Board of Regents (BOR). He/she reports to the BOR, under the direct supervision of the Chair of the Board.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and direction in developing and retaining a competent, high-performing and professional staff. Direct their work in a way that continues to foster development of innovative programming, professional growth and satisfaction, and supports ongoing collegiality and creativity.
  • Ensure successful working relationships with all ACVIM volunteers and committees.
  • Develop and implement annual strategic business plans to guide the fulfillment of BOR-approved objectives and ensure the organization’s long-term financial stability.
  • Provide well-researched and carefully thought out recommendations to the BOR and appropriate committees regarding ACVIM policy, new programs, revenue opportunities, strategic initiatives, and other matters requiring Board approval.
  • Manage accounting, budgeting, investments, and all financial resources in conjunction with ACVIM’s Treasurer and the BOR’s Financial Investment Audit Committee.
  • Promote constructive BOR interactions, training and development.
  • Oversee member relations and services, including certifications, residency training programs, maintenance of credentials, continuing education, and other constituent services and initiatives to effectively meet the needs of the ACVIM membership.
  • Ensure successful event management for the annual Forum, and event planning and execution associated with non-Forum continuing education.
  • Promote effective marketing, communications, public relations, and media relations, including development of an annual marketing plan, providing an annual report to members and regular reports to the BOR, and ensuring an effective website and other print collateral.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with Executive Directors of other specialty organizations, such as the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, and American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as non-veterinary organizations such as the American Dental Association.

Candidate Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree, MBA, and/or Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential highly desirable.

Executive Experience

The ideal candidate for the Chief Executive Officer position has demonstrated leadership experience in a 501(c)(6) nonprofit individual professional membership association, with a proven ability to work successfully with members, staff, volunteers, committees, and boards of directors.

Experience with an organization that manages member certification and credentialing and hosts a major annual conference is highly desirable. Knowledge of medical institutions and veterinary specialty medicine is an advantage.

The CEO must be able to lead a working environment and organizational culture that encourages diversity and inspires quality, collaboration, and mutual respect through open, direct communication. He/she will exhibit and maintain high standards of professionalism, ethics, and integrity.

The successful candidate will have a strong foundation in business and organizational skills to lead effective processes that accomplish ACVIM strategic objectives. He/she will be able to identify, evaluate, and resolve issues, both internal and external, that are important to the success of ACVIM operations. This includes the ability to act proactively and react nimbly in the face of unpredictable events.

Essential Skills

  • Forward-thinking, energetic, and optimistic leadership style with the ability to manage, motivate, and develop professional staff to work collaboratively and strategically. Sets clear expectations and empowers staff, provides timely feedback, addresses problems, and gives recognition.
  • Management aptitude to translate vision and strategies into clear operational goals and objectives, identify appropriate resources and tactics, and ensure achievement.
  • Proven business acumen to understand and lead ACVIM and the five specialties, plan and manage budgets, practice cost containment, and ensure long-range financial stability.
  • A deep understanding of and appreciation for the goals and needs of constituent audiences and stakeholders, able to build strong relationships, promote member engagement, and make service and satisfaction a top priority.
  • Entrepreneurial, innovative, takes ownership of own development, and is committed to continuous improvement and learning in order to advance operations and results, enhance Board functioning, leverage solutions, and promote creative thinking.
  • Sound decision-making skillset that aligns with organizational goals and values, proactively solves problems, and recognizes and mitigates risks.
  • Results-focused, with the capability to set high yet realistic goals, effectively plan and prioritize work, and identify and address barriers in order to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Adaptable to change in objectives, priorities, and assignments, able to multi-task and function in ambiguous situations, and lead change initiatives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to promote the organization and advocate for its mission.
  • Professionalism, acting with honesty, integrity, and transparency, able to model and ensure compliance with policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and demonstrate influence constructively.

The Search Process

The ACVIM offers a supportive work environment and excellent benefits. Those interested in applying should send a CV or resume and a cover letter indicating qualifications and scope of experience by March 16th to:

Jill Christie, President
Tuft & Associates

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