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Chief Executive Officer

Position Summary

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The Chief Executive Officer leads and directs the Society to achieve execution of key strategic goals and policy, consistent with its stated mission as defined by the Board of Directors. The CEO ensures that the Society retains its unique identity as the voice of organized medicine in Wisconsin. The CEO works closely with physician leadership within the Society and at key stakeholder organizations to develop relationships and lines of communication with relevant audiences to create and carry out collaborative initiatives that effectively present the Society’s policy agenda. Collaborating with the Society leadership team, the CEO is responsible for continuing the overall success of the Society.

Reporting Relationship

The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Directors.

Principal Accountabilities

Strategic Planning

In conjunction with the Board of Directors, senior management, staff and key stakeholders, the CEO:

  • Develops the strategic plan, including goals, objectives and timelines.
  • Interprets the strategic plan to members, Society staff and other stakeholders in order to ensure alignment of effort.
  • Ensures that Society activities, policies, communications and resources support the strategic plan.

Policy Development and Advocacy

  • Speaks on behalf of members, fulfilling the Society’s role as the physicians’ voice and advocate for the health of the people of Wisconsin in matters of public health, legislation, and the profession of medicine.
  • Represents the Society to elected officials, regulatory bodies, other associations and organizations, the media, and the public at large in a variety of public settings.
  • Formulates new policy and program initiatives for review by the Board and implementation by Society leadership and staff based on current knowledge of healthcare issues and the impact on the physician community.

Member Development

  • Establishes and grows collaborative strategic partnerships with physician leaders statewide, including healthcare organizations of all sizes, single physician practices, large integrated delivery systems, medical schools, county medical societies, specialty societies, and medical associations nationwide to facilitate the recruitment and retention of a strong membership base among Wisconsin physicians.

Governance-Staff Liaison

  • Fosters sound working relationships between the Board of Directors, its committees, the House of Delegates and senior management in order to accomplish Society goals and objectives.
  • Acts as Secretary to the Board of Directors in accordance with Society by-laws.

Fiscal and Management Responsibilities

  • Establishes an effective organization structure supporting key functions and progress toward the Society’s mission.
  • Serves on the Holdings Board to make sure the efforts of the Society for-profit arm are profitable and adding value.
  • Working to confirm that the organization is running effectively and efficiently with prudent fiscal management to deliver strongly on the mission and value of the Society for its members.
  • Ensures the work of the Society is supported by effective and efficient processes for delivering quality products and services, for appropriate governance, and for an effective working environment.
  • Clearly articulates priorities and manages accountability of senior management and staff.
  • Establishes guidelines in collaboration with the leadership team to delineate responsibility for oversight and management of operational and internal policy issues.
  • Coordinates with the Foundation Board of Directors to support that the mission of the Foundation is fulfilled and programmatic initiatives are enhanced.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) from an accredited medical school is required and a master’s degree of business or related field is preferred.

To apply, contact Peggy Niemer:

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