Association Strategies Tapped to Find CEO for American Academy of Nursing

September 25, 2018 – Non-profit recruiting specialist Association Strategies has been selected by the American Academy of Nursing in Washington, D.C., to find its next chief executive officer. The search is being led by Pamela Kaul, president of the search firm. In a twist, the assignment is being conducted with the support of Chicago-based Tuft & Associates.

The nursing academy’s CEO is responsible for advancing the group’s current upward trajectory of success and further propelling efforts to grow the academy’s influence and stature in health care and in policy arenas, said Alexandria, VA-based Association Strategies.

The CEO should also serve the public through membership engagement in health policy, science and practice; promote evidence-based innovations in healthcare delivery to address the health needs of populations, including diverse, at-risk and disenfranchised populations; and mobilize academy fellows along with strategic partner organizations to support the organization’s policy agenda and affect change through philanthropy and partnership.

The individual will report to the academy’s board of directors and serve as an ex-officio member of the board, said the recruitment firm. The next CEO is expected to work directly with the group’s president, officers, board members, committee/taskforce/expert panel chairs and other leaders within the academy to provide the leadership to implement the organization’s mission.

A Visionary Leader

The next CEO must also develop the professional staff including the chief operating officer; policy and grants manager; development manager; membership manager; manager, communications and public affairs; manager, meetings and events; and manager, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. The leader must also exhibit bold and courageous leadership in the coordination and implementation of the academy’s strategic plan; oversee financial operations and the audit process ensuring rigorous accountability, long-term stability through clear fiscal management of resources, and compliance with all federal, state, and local legal and regulatory requirements; and identify new opportunities to increase revenue, among other responsibilities.

The American Academy of Nursing wants a visionary and committed individual who will serve as the voice and face of a highly-skilled membership organization.  “The new CEO will create a vision of influence and excellence for the academy through his/her leadership, inspiration, and influence, and his/her skills in fundraising and building partnerships,” said Association Strategies. “The successful candidate will be passionate about the academy’s commitment to the health of populations and to health equity,” integrated throughout the academy’s policy, practice and leadership.

The successful candidate will project a dynamic, strategic, and confident manner and presence, and will be articulate, professional, and personable, said the search firm. Candidates should have a master’s-level education in healthcare, business, public health or similar field; a doctoral degree preferred.  Also required is: experience as an association executive, with a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential considered a plus; a career record of more than 10 years in senior-level management roles; executive-level experience with a medical society or non-profit healthcare association or organization preferred; and proven financial acumen and experience with diversified revenue sources, among other qualifications.


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The American Academy of Nursing advocates and transforms health policy and serves the public to advance health policy, practice, and science. It is comprised of more than 2,500 members, known as fellows, who are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. The academy advances evidence-based innovations in health care delivery to address the health needs of populations, including diverse, at-risk, and disenfranchised populations.

Non-Profit Specialists

The organization has a staff of 10 and a budget of $4.1 million. It is governed by a 10-member board, elected by the fellows. The organization’s Washington, D.C., office is the focal point for identifying key policy issues in which the academy can mobilize its fellows along with strategic partner organizations to support the Academy’s policy agenda and affect change. Outreach to policymakers in Congress and the administration and collaboration with key national stakeholders shape policy and ensure that nurses’ solutions are integrated into a quality health care system.

Founded in 1986, Association Strategies provides executive search, organizational assessment and transition management services exclusively to non-profit organizations. The firm also offers succession planning, board advisory consulting and other services to help organizations leverage their visibility and influence to achieve strategic goals and tackle long-standing challenges and opportunities. Association Strategies recently recruited new leaders for the Forging Industry Association, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

Ms. Kaul, the firm’s founder, has nearly three decades of experience in executive search, transition management and organization development. She has delivered talent to hundreds of associations, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic institutions.

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

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