The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board Using Sterling Martin to Find New CEO

April 23, 2024 – Sterling Martin Associates, an executive search firm which specializes in recruiting talent for associations and other non-profit organizations, has been tapped by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) to lead in its search for a new CEO. Under the direction of the Certification Commission, the CEO makes recommendations and participates with the Certification Commission in the formulation of operating guidelines, policies, and procedures for the organization. Within that framework the CEO plans, oversees, coordinates, and directs the staff, programs, and activities of the AANPCB.

The CEO will maintain effective internal and external public relations and serve as spokesperson for the organization in collaboration with the Certification board chair. They will direct and supervise the certification staff in the activities necessary to support the certification and recertification programs. The CEO will also coordinate all program support for those services provided by the contracted professional testing service. Lastly, Sterling Martin notes that this leader will oversee the development of all publications related to the organization including those published by the contracted professional testing service.

The search firm is looking for a proven leader with 10+ years of experience in a leadership capacity including budgetary management and staff supervision within a nonprofit organization of comparable complexity. Candidates should have working knowledge and demonstrated experience related to the process of national certification. They must be able to analyze and explain complex statutory and regulatory issues for the jurisdictions and federal agencies that recognize the Certification Board’s certification programs. Experience working collaboratively with governing bodies is highly desired. The search firm is looking for executives that are open-minded and flexible  with a track record of successfully building, retaining, and leading high-performing teams with strong morale.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board is an independent, non-profit certifying body whose purpose is to provide a valid and reliable program for the evaluation of individuals wishing to enter, continue, and/or advance in the nurse practitioner profession through the certification process. It has annual revenues of $23 million, an operating budget of approximately $10 million. AANPCB’s headquarters are in Austin, TX, while it is preferred that the CEO be based in or near Austin, candidates in other locations will be considered, contingent on their willingness to travel regularly to Austin.

Sterling Martin Associates, established in 2006, focuses on finding leaders for associations and non-profit organizations. The firm has been engaged by over 150 clients throughout the U.S. Its staff consists of professionals located in Washington, D.C., New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Orange County, CA. Eighty-five percent of the firm’s searches are for roles at the CEO/executive director level with the balance being for senior staff.

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CEO and managing partner David S. Martin guides the firm’s overarching business strategy while maintaining a lead role on multiple national projects each year. For over 30 years, he has led complex executive search projects throughout the U.S. Mr. Martin started his executive search career in 1989 after spending eight years in the corporate world. He has held senior-level positions with such global search firms as Korn Ferry and has launched new offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Irvine, CA.

Recently Completed Search

Following a nationwide search, Sterling Martin Associates recently assisted in the recruitment of Renée Byng Yancey as president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA). “We are so excited to have Renée at the helm to lead us going forward,” Community Foundation board chair Bob Kipps said. “She brings a wealth of experience to the Community Foundation. We are excited to continue CFNOVA’s work to advance equity across the region, and we know that Renée’s experience will help evolve and accelerate our impact.”

Ms. Yancey previously worked for the Urban League of Philadelphia and served as vice president of institutional advancement at Peirce College. She also worked at the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington and Washington State University.

The non-profit Community Foundation for Northern Virginia aims to advance equity through philanthropy, donor advised funds, permanent funds and other charitable endowments. The foundation serves Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park.

Related: Sterling Martin Recruits CEO for AACP

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media


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