JDG Associates Heading CEO Search for Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

April 21, 2016 – Executive search firm JDG Associates Ltd. has been retained by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) to lead its search for a chief executive officer.

The assignment is being led by principal Paul Belford, who has completed more than 250 client searches, most at the CEO level.

The incoming AIHM CEO will be responsible for staff leadership and development as well as assisting the board in setting strategic direction and identifying specific goals. The organization said it is looking to its CEO for the efficient application of its resources and the development of operational surpluses from its business units to ensure financial viability.

Requirements for the position include a number of key touch points, including leadership and management experience in a health-related professional association; strong financial management skills and experience; an entrepreneurial background; a history of volunteer leadership; membership development and engagement experience; and digital marketing and brand development acumen.

Founded in 2014, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine is a non-profit and home to a broadening international community of healthcare practitioners, health seekers, and advocates connected by a shared philosophy of holistic, person-centered care. The Academy is dedicated to engaging a global community of health professionals and health seekers in innovative education, certification, inter-professional collaboration, and research that embraces all healing traditions and sustainable person-centered care.


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JDG Associates has been serving the executive recruitment needs of Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research and consulting firms, and defense contractors since 1973.

Over the past year, the firm has recruited CEOs for the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, the Institute of Transportation Engineersthe American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), as well as identifying executive directors for non-profits, including the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the Seismological Society of America.

The economic strength of the non-profit sector has been increasing and the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S., according to recent labor and industry reports. Nearly two million non-profit organizations now employ close to 11 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion.

Hiring among non-profits continues to grow. According to the 2016 ‘Non-Profit Salaries & Staffing Report’ by PNP Staffing Group, more than 50 percent of hiring managers are reporting staff increases. The report found that the non-profit sector has grown by 20 percent over the last 10 years.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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