Chief Science and Policy Officer (remote/hybrid) #2022-2751
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
Location: Washington DC/hybrid
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 2022-2751
Chief Science and Policy Officer (remote/hybrid)
As a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)’s senior leadership team reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), leading three direct reports and a total staff of 19, you will lead the external and internal science, policy, and global affairs strategies across three departments:
Science, Policy, and Global Affairs
Professional Education and Credentialing
The field of laboratory medicine is rapidly growing with emerging technologies and the expansion of point-of-care testing outside of hospital settings. AACC is elevating its portfolios to meet member needs better and attract professionals from the broader field of laboratory medicine (endocrinologists, infectious disease specialists, geneticists, clinical microbiologists, and more), providing essential, clinically relevant content that inspires scientific breakthroughs within a community of advocacy and support.
With a newly restructured education team in place, a respected publications portfolio (we have the leading journal in the field), and from a position of advocacy leadership (including developing better pediatric reference intervals and modernizing oversight of laboratory-developed tests), you’ll drive programs and policies that provide measurable value for members and non-members and spark new engagement with AACC across the laboratory medicine and diagnostics community.
How You’ll Impact the Association and the Broader Scientific Community
Ensure the portfolio of education products and offerings is robust, current, and highly valuable to members and other customers, including live programs and digital education on topics related to lab medicine, including emerging technologies and therapeutics, AI/machine learning, data science, molecular diagnostics, and more.
Guide the formulation and implementation of the strategic advocacy agenda and ensure key policy goals are met, furthering AACC’s commitment to work against adverse forces in laboratory medicine and diagnostics.
Ensure our scholarly publications maintain the highest quality and standards while providing an easy and effective way for members and non-members to stay current and knowledgeable; modernize our publications structure and optimize our business model.
Ensure accreditation and certification programs meet the highest standards and serve the needs of the field and the broader healthcare enterprise, providing members and non-members a partner to advance their careers.
Work Environment and Benefits
Our most important asset is our people. We value a healthy work-life balance and currently offer a 35-hour work week with a hybrid schedule of four days remote and one day onsite in our northwest Washington, DC, office.
We offer an exceptional benefits program, including 21 days of PTO in addition to three personal days, thirteen paid holidays, paid family, bereavement, volunteer, and pet leave, medical/dental/vision plans, up to a 10% match retirement contribution, and more. We also offer a Dress for Your Day policy, an onsite fitness center, and convenient access to Metro.
You will like who you work with. Our staff are a diverse team dedicated to supporting our members, AACC’s mission, and each other. We are a respectful, energetic, and collegial group of passionate and committee colleagues. We work and win together.
A master’s or doctoral degree in chemistry or a related discipline is strongly preferred.
Five or more years of experience serving in a senior-level scientific or public policy position in a healthcare-related professional membership organization.
Track record of success in designing and advancing public policy initiatives to enhance the visibility of the field, the association, and its members.
Proven ability to optimize programs through refinement or overhaul of systems, processes, operations, or business models.
Proven track record of liaising and facilitating strategic decision-making with volunteer groups.
Strong analytical skills for evaluating issues associated with the field of laboratory medicine and research.
Work with the CEO, the c-suite, and elected leadership to achieve the goals of the AACC strategic plan.
Identify, initiate, and oversee scientific activities to further the association’s strategic goals and advance the field.
Oversee execution and expansion of global programs, including scientific and policy-focused initiatives.
Manage budgets for Science, Policy, and Global Affairs, Professional Education and Credentialing, and Publications Departments. Work with the departments to develop accurate and sustainable budgets. Review existing revenue streams and make recommendations to grow revenue.
Provide strategic counsel to elected and staff leadership regarding AACC positions on matters affecting AACC members and stakeholders.
Develop strong interpersonal and professional relationships and partnerships with other laboratory and clinical organizations both nationally and internationally to achieve the strategic and tactical goals of the association.
Promote positive relations with industry, consumer groups, government, and professional and academic institutions.
At the discretion of the CEO, manage or support association governance processes, including nominations, elections, committee appointments, and governance meetings.
Maintain and nurture strong working relationships across the association, coordinating and collaborating with the senior management team to advance the association’s mission.
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry is a 7500-member global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare. Our leadership in education, advocacy, and collaboration helps lab professionals adapt to change and do what they do best: provide vital insight and guidance so patients get the care they need.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “AACC - CSPO #2022-2751 ASAE” as the subject of the email.
Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Chief Science Officer, VP of Science Policy, SVP Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Senior Director of Science Programs.
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