The CMO serves as the authority on quality and clinical care across the organization, said the search firm. The individual is charged with ensuring that Planned Parenthood’s medical standards are highly reliable and are followed consistently by all affiliates. The CMO is also expected to evaluate developments in medical care and make recommendations for new practices and procedures. Advising the organization’s leadership on matters impacting patient care is also a key part of the job.
“The CMO serves as a visionary, strategic thinker, and national thought leader on clinical issues, both in the Planned Parenthood setting and the field of women’s health broadly,” said Carrington & Carrington. “The CMO will help PPFA focus on system administration and will help move PPFA forward in a clinical setting and as a network of healthcare providers”
A Patient-Centered Approach
The person who holds the job will be responsible for the overall clinical direction of Planned Parenthood, said the search firm. What’s more, the CMO is responsible for advancing care for women across the globe. The individual must have proven ability to lead transformation and to challenge the non-profit beyond its current structure and embody a patient-centered approach to care.
The CMO role calls for providing guidance and feedback to a wide range of Planned Parenthood staff about issues related to clinical care, including standards and practices both within the organization and in the field of women’s health. The individual is expected to review strategies and materials, participate in discussions, and provide a strong medical and clinical perspective.
For long-term projects and extremely short- term needs, the CMO is responsible for providing expertise, guidance and feedback to Planned Parenthood teams on externally – facing work . The CMO also serves as the primary medical liaison on items related to medical service delivery to other Planned Parenthood teams, including policy, advocacy , communications, general counsel, litigation-law, brand, partnerships and online.
A Range of Duties
Among other responsibilities, the person who wins the job must also serve as a spokesperson for the organization on medical issues in a variety of venues reaching a range of audiences, including media , video/multimedia content , speaking engagements , conferences, legislative briefings/testimony , written submission and events.
Candidates should have more than ten years of directly-related, progressively responsible experience as a physician with experience in management, project management and supervision, said Carrington & Carrington. They should also have expert, up-to-date medical knowledge, particularly in health care delivery systems. And they must be a board-certified physician. An ob-gyn is preferred for the job but it is not required. Strong system experience in lieu of currently practicing obstetrics and gynecology is required. A background in primary care, women’s health, population health or public health sector will be considered.
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Among the other requirements, Planned Parenthood wants candidates to have: a proven ability to build deep and lasting relationships with a variety of internal and external partners, as well as individuals; demonstrated success with innovation and health care integration to advance access, health equity and quality; impeccable discretion and unflappable approach and behavior, especially in times of crisis or high stress; ability to handle confidential information in a professional manner with strong interpersonal skills; and a sense of urgency necessary to drive change within an advocacy organization paired with the patience to understand that not all demands are equal. Candidates should also have a zest for the mission of Planned Parenthood and the role of health provision and advocacy that translates to an unflinching commitment to exceptional work product.
Planned Parenthood, founded in 1916, provides reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions worldwide. It is also an advocacy group that partners with similar organizations around the world. Its 56 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate more than 600 health centers. Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of health care services, the majority of which involve preventive care to prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers. The organization’s affiliates provide educational programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and adults every year.
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.
Mr. Carrington is principal and founder of the firm. He 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 & Co.
Ms. Carrington is principal of Carrington & Carrington. Prior to joining the firm, she was a human resources and operations executive with Allstate Insurance. She focuses in large part on the healthcare, academic and non-profit sectors.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media