Carrington & Carrington Seeks Three Key Executives for American Academy of Pediatrics

September 14, 2020 – Chicago-based Carrington & Carrington has been enlisted to find three leaders for the non-profit American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Itasca, IL. The roles are: vice president, chapter relations and member engagement; senior vice president, primary care and subspecialty pediatrics; and senior vice president, quality.

The vice president, chapter relations and member engagement, who reports to the chief product and services officer/ SVP, membership, marketing and publishing, oversees four departments – affinity programs, member engagement and marketing, member operations and data services, and chapter and district relations.

The individual is expected to provide strategic guidance and leadership to the AAP membership and chapter initiatives. The job includes providing strategic direction on the development and execution of a comprehensive business plan. Among other duties, the individual will also oversee efforts to effectively collect and analyze relevant member data and optimize metrics to inform decision making.

A bachelor’s degree in business, communications, association management, marketing or related discipline is required; an MBA or other related master’s degree and/or CAE preferred. Prospects should have at least 10 years’ related professional experience in non-profit association management, including membership recruitment, marketing, and engagement initiatives, and developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives.

Senior vice president Nelvia Brady-Hampton is leading the assignment for Carrington & Carrington.

Providing Support

The senior vice president, primary care and subspecialty pediatrics, who reports to the chief population health officer, oversees five departments –PCSP administration, hospital and surgical subspecialties, ped practice and healthcare delivery, medical and surgical subspecialties, and healthcare financing strategy.

The individual will oversee the department of primary care and subspecialty pediatrics initiatives and staff. He or she will be expected to provide strategic guidance and executive management and support regarding pediatric practice, subspecialty pediatrics, physician payment, macro system structure of child health financing, and health policy research specific to children’s health insurance status and the changing structure of practice-based operations. The role also calls for providing support to members to enhance practices for managing the health of populations of patients and expand the practice team to include families and a broader range of professional and services.

The right candidate will be a strategic thinker and capable of thinking outside-the-box. In-depth understanding of the general and technical aspects of pediatrics and a strong working knowledge of the AAP is essential. An MD, FAAP is required. Candidates should also have at least 10 years’ experience in practice in pediatrics and at least five years’ experience in a leadership capacity on child healthcare policy, planning and/or public policy, and administration.

Strategic Guidance

Leading the assignment is principal Marian Carrington and Willie Carrington, principal and founder.

The senior vice president, quality, who reports to the chief population health officer, oversees the quality department, the CHILD health registry department and the chapter quality improvement initiatives department.

The individual will be charged with providing strategic guidance and leadership to advance the AAP quality and health information technology (HIT) initiatives, including the development, implementation and evaluation of the AAP CHILD registry. He or she will also oversee elements of maintenance of certification related activities, data analytics and QI implementation in collaboration with the SVP, education and support related activities of AAP member constituent groups.

Candidates should have a solid understanding of quality improvement principles such as the Model for Improvement, Six Sigma and LEAN, as well as excellent consensus building, negotiation, budget management, interpersonal, decision making and verbal/written communication skill.

Education Requirements

A master’s degree in health services research, social sciences, healthcare administration or related discipline is required, preferably with an emphasis in biostatistics; a clinical degree or doctorate in healthcare data analytics is strongly preferred. At least 10 years of relevant professional experience managing healthcare quality improvement initiatives is also required, including performance metrics and data science operations. Ms. Carrington and Mr. Carrington are leading the search.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

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Besides Chicago, Carrington & Carrington has offices in Washington, D.C., and Memphis. The firm, which was founded in 1979, specializes in the recruitment and placement of African-Americans, Latinos, women, LGBT and other diverse professionals. It places middle management and senior level executives across various industries and functional areas. Co-owned by Willie and Marian Carrington, the firm ranks as one of the most respected African-American-owned search firms in the nation.

Respected Recruiters

Mr. Carrington has played and continues to play a significant role in increasing the representation of diverse professionals in major companies including banking, finance, manufacturing and utilities. Prior to this, he was executive director of Inroads/Chicago and an auditor for the former CPA firm Arthur Andersen & Company.

Ms. Carrington is heavily focused in the firm’s healthcare, academic, and non-profit sectors. She was previously a human resources and operations executive with Allstate Insurance. She focuses in large part on the healthcare, academic and non-profit sectors.

Dr. Brady-Hampton manages the firm’s Memphis, TN, office. She has spent 15 years with Carrington & Carrington and has been responsible for developing and leading a major practice group in not-for-profit and education.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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