February 2, 2018 – The American Academy of Dermatology has enlisted executive search firm Vetted Solutions to lead its search for a new chief learning officer. President and founder Jim Zaniello is spearheading the assignment along with vice presidents Catherine Brown and R. Norris Orms.
The new chief learning officer will be responsible for developing and leading the strategic initiatives of the academy’s professional development and lifelong learning programs. This senior-level leadership role is expected to drive the Schaumburg, IL-based group to deliver an array of traditional and emerging educational programs and products, in traditional and emerging platforms, said Vetted Solutions. These creative and innovative programs will address the evolving needs of the membership itself as well as healthcare in general, to enable the dermatology group to deliver on its vision of being the foremost source of innovative, comprehensive and responsive dermatology education.
The incoming executive will also lead efforts to ensure educational activities are based on gaps in knowledge or performance and supported by evidence-based data. The chief learning officer, said the search firm, will collaborate in the development and implementation of a strategic vision to provide professional development and lifelong learning programs and services for domestic and international audiences in a variety of established and emerging formats.
The successful candidate will have 10-plus years of progressively responsible experience in adult/continuing education with an emphasis on experience with physicians and/or professional associations, said the search firm. The individual must have experience planning and overseeing educational seminars, conventions, conferences and programs. The chief learning officer must be able to provide leadership to multiple staff members. The person should embrace innovation, take initiative, meet challenges with openness and resourcefulness, and cultivate novel approaches and ideas.
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The American Academy of Dermatology has grown to be the largest and most influential and inclusive dermatology organization in the U.S. With a membership of more than 19,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the country, as well as a growing number of international members.
Non-Profit Association Leaders
Based in Washington, D.C., Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well-known organizations nationwide.
Recent searches undertaken by the firm include recruiting the CEO for SOCAP International, placing the president for El-Hibri Foundation and recruiting a chief learning officer for the American Society of Association Executives. The firm also helped recruit Daniel Gillison as the executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
For more than two decades, Mr. Zaniello has worked in roles that ranged from non-profit executive director to publisher of a leading tool for non-profit executive search. He is also said to have an intimate understanding of the complex demands of the executive office through his own experience as executive director at several associations and non-profits.
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Ms. Brown, for her part, brings a deep knowledge of both association and philanthropic organization management. Most recently, she served as president of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. In addition to more than 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, she has held positions at the executive level in the hospitality and meetings industries.
Mr. Orms has a track record of organizational leadership, notably as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He works from Vetted Solutions’ Chicago office.
Chief Learning Officers
Searching for chief learning officers is a growing business for executive recruiters. The position today is the highest ranking corporate officer in charge of learning management and are in rising demand. CLOs can be experts in corporate or personal training, with degrees in education, instructional design, business or similar fields. A recent search on LinkedIn of the title generated more than 2,200 results.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media