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Chief Standards Officer

Sterling Martin Associates has been retained by the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) to search for Chief Standards Officer (CSO). This is a new position, and the incumbent will be a member of the senior leadership team. CDISC’s headquarters are located in Austin, TX, but the CSO may be located anywhere in North America.

Founded in 1998 as a voluntary organization and formally chartered in 2000, CDISC is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit, interdisciplinary organization that develops data standards to promote smarter clinical research and enable healthcare connections. CDISC’s standards are downloaded in over 90 countries and are required for regulatory submissions to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). CDISC’s standards are also recommended by both China FDA and the EU European Medicines Agency.  CDISC creates therapeutic-area data standards for more than 30 disease areas, advancing medical product development and research. Industry representation among CDISC’s membership (~450 members based in 25 countries) is broad, with particular concentration among technology service providers, clinical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, preeminent academic institutions, and regulatory agencies.

CDISC’s mission is to develop and support global, platform-independent data standards that enable information system interoperability to improve medical research and related areas of health care.  CDISC’s vision is to inform patient care and safety through higher quality medical research. These harmonized standards support seamless data sharing across studies, enabling cross-study comparisons and ready aggregation—yielding opportunities in the form of workflow efficiencies and the creation of large, high-quality datasets for disease modeling and biomarker qualification to stimulate the development of new therapies for patients.

CDISC’s budget is in the $8M range, and the organization expects to grow over the next several years. Fourteen members of the 30-member staff are housed in the Austin, TX headquarters, and there is a well-developed technology infrastructure to support the remaining staff who work remotely. CDISC is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors, and a CDISC Advisory Council, made up of “Platinum Members,” provides the Executive Committee and Board with recommendations and advice on a broad range of issues.

In 2017, the CDISC Board of Directors appointed David R. Bobbitt, MSc, MBA as President and CEO. The CSO will report to Mr. Bobbitt and serve as the second most senior executive in the organization.

Chief Standards Officer (CSO)

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Chief Standards Officer (CSO) will have primary responsibility for defining and achieving the development and implementation of CDISC standards consistent with strategy defined by the CDISC President and CEO and Board of Directors. The CSO is a global leader and an “evangelist” for CDISC clinical standards, representing the organization and setting a global agenda within the clinical research space. S/he will have direct responsibility for the Director, Standards Development, and Director, Content Management, along with CDISC’s Project Managers and Content Managers. S/he will be expected to garner the immediate respect of regulators (US FDA, Japan PMDA, China FDA and EU EMA) as well as leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry. Global professional experience is a priority for the position.

CDISC is a highly respected and successful organization that meets a critical global need. With the organization’s growing membership base, dedicated staff and volunteers, and an accomplished senior leadership team, the position of CSO offers an exceptional opportunity for a unique individual. The successful candidate will step into an organization that is financially sound and has a well-regarded reputation, as well as the imperative to grow and extend its good work.

While many other standards development organizations have a Chief Technology Officer, to our knowledge this is the world’s first Chief Standards Officer position among the leading standards development organizations.  This commitment to building and sustaining first-in-class standards courses through all CDISC does.

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Executive Director

The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next Executive Director.

NACCHO’s mission is to serve as a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice of the nation’s ~3,000 Local Health Departments (LDHs) to protect and improve the health of all people and all communities; it is the only national association that advocates solely for the issues and federal programs that are priorities for local health departments. NACCHO is a dynamic and forward-thinking 501(c)(3) national membership association that advocates for health, equity, and security for all people.  NACCHO provides technical assistance, networking, and membership opportunities for the leadership and staff of local health departments, and NACCHO also advocates on behalf of local health departments and informs Federal legislation and executive branch staff and policymakers about means to effectively address the myriad of health challenges facing communities.

NACCHO’s budget is in the $25M range, derived primarily from Federal and foundation grants and contracts. NACCHO has established a robust network of partners that work with the Association and its members through collaboration and financial support, all with a goal of advancing local public health. NACCHO is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, comprised of health officials from around the country, a representative for Tribal health departments, and ex officio members representing the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The day-by-day operations of NACCHO are conducted by a 125-member professional staff located in NACCHO’s headquarters. NACCHO’s Foundation for the Public Health supports the public’s health by creating a culture of giving, raising awareness about the value of public health, and forging partnerships to meet the nation’s public health needs. The position is located in Washington, DC.

The Executive Director is NACCHO’s chief executive. Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, and guided by NACCHO’s strategic map, the Executive Director is responsible for guiding NACCHO’s vision and mission and for maintaining a high performing association that effectively supports the work of LHDs.  This position is responsible for the overall management and operation of the association, implementation of Board directives and policies, and financial and personnel management.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled professional who has experience managing an association of NACCHO’s size and scope.  The Executive Director will be a strategic visionary and an experienced leader and executive with appropriate leadership and/or practice experience.

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Lambda Chi Alpha

Chief Executive Officer

Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity (ΛXA) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next Chief Executive Officer. The position is located in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.

Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, a 501(c)(7) nonprofit organization, is a college fraternity in North America that was founded in 1909. It is one of the largest men’s fraternities, having initiated more than 280,000 members with active chapters and colonies at 195 universities. The youngest of the fifteen largest social fraternities, ΛXA has initiated the third highest number of men ever, based on North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) statistics. The purpose of the fraternity is to promote and support affiliated chapters and colonies by providing educational, leadership, and risk management programming, maintaining the international headquarters, preserving the Fraternity’s historical documents, and preparing fraternity periodicals and educational materials.

ΛXA’s governing board, known as the “Grand High Zeta,” consists of 15 members. A Student Advisory Committee (SAC) provides the collegiate members’ perspective to the Grand High Zeta and headquarters staff, discusses topics facing the Fraternity, and often develops legislation to be submitted to the General Assembly. Lambda Chi Alpha’s budget is in the $6M range.

In addition to four Recruitment Specialists and eight Education Leadership Consultants, ΛXA is managed by 25 professional staff members who serve the organization from the international headquarters. The staff provides the highest ethical and professional service to ΛXA’s undergraduate and alumni members in a spirit of unity and enthusiasm by: (1) developing quality programs, publications, and services; (2) using Fraternity resources responsibly; (3) committing to excellence in chapter standards; and (4) advancing and promoting the ideas and principles of the Fraternity as a complement to the educational experience of its members.

The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation (“the Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational tax-exempt organization, separate and independent from the Fraternity, whose sole purpose is to serve as an educational resource for the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Dollars raised go toward educational programming and initiatives, such as the Stead Leadership Seminar and Lambda Chi Alpha’s TRUE Brother Initiative to help build and invest in Lambda Chi Alpha’s future leaders. A separate, 24-member Board of Directors governs the Foundation; the professional staff is led by a President and CEO.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lambda Chi Alpha serves as the top executive of the Fraternity. The CEO reports directly to the Board Chairman (the Grand High Alpha) and serves at the direction of the Fraternity’s Board of Directors on all fraternity matters. The CEO is responsible for the organization, planning, coordination, supervision, direction and management of the headquarters staff and for overseeing Lambda Chi Alpha’s day-to-day business. In cooperation with the ΛXA staff, the CEO also oversees the Fraternity’s programs and activities which include providing services to the chapters and colonies and ΛXA alumni, publishing the Fraternity magazine and ΛXA’s electronic newsletters, raising funds, organizing meetings, and managing physical and financial resources. He works in close cooperation with the CEO of the Educational Foundation to advance the Foundation’s purposes.

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Executive Officer

The American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next Executive Officer. The position is located in Rockville, MD outside of Washington, DC.

The American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) is a 501(c)(3) professional membership society dedicated to promoting the discovery, advancement, and dissemination of basic and translational knowledge in experimental pathology and related disciplines. ASIP is the premiere research society for pathology. ASIP advocates for the practice of investigative pathology and fosters the professional career development and education of its 1,100 members, who come from academia, government, hospitals and other medical facilities, and the pharmaceutical industry. ASIP is a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of independent societies that plays an active role in advocating for the interests of 115,000 biomedical scientists. ASIP is also a charter member of the Intersociety Council for Pathology Information (ICPI), a 501(c)(3) coalition of national pathology organizations dedicated to providing information about pathology training programs and career opportunities for pathologists.

Established in 1913 and headquartered in Rockville, MD, ASIP is governed by a 12-member Council that includes five officers, two Councilors-at-Large, and five committee chairs. The day-by-day affairs of the organization are overseen by the Executive Officer who also serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Society Council. Nine committees guide the organization’s activities. The staff includes eight professionals whose activities are devoted to ASIP and four additional staff members who manage The American Journal of Pathology and ASIP’s other publications. ASIP’s has an annual budget of approximately $3M. For more information, please visit www.asip.org.

ASIP is seeking an Executive Officer who will report to and work with the Council and its Executive Committee to develop and implement the Society’s strategic initiatives. S/he will be expected to have the energy and vision to achieve the Society’s goals. In addition to overseeing the day-by-day management of the Society, the Executive Officer will oversee continuing medical education programs and provide support for planning ASIP’s annual meetings and conferences. S/he will manage the Journal staff and will be responsible for overseeing the publication of ASIP’s journals as well as the Association’s newsletters and other print publications. In addition, s/he will manage ICPI operations and publication of its Directory of Pathology Training Programs.

The Executive Officer will serve as the face of ASIP, both internally and externally. S/he will be an excellent communicator and relationship-builder, with strong leadership skills. Finally, the Executive Officer will be responsible for promoting a dynamic, efficient organizational culture that embraces growth, ensures accountability, and maintains ASIP’s long tradition of transparency and integrity.

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Sterling Martin Associates has been retained by Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Opens Doors Foundation (ODF) to search for its President. The position is located at MBA’s headquarters offices in Washington, DC. Alternative locations in other major metropolitan areas will also be considered.

With a staff of approximately 140 and an annual budget of $55M, Mortgage Bankers Association is among the larger trade associations in the U.S. MBA and its members are committed to giving back to the communities served by MBA. To that end, the MBA established the Opens Doors Foundation (ODF) as its philanthropic arm in 2012. ODF sponsors activities focused on home and community support. The Foundation also seeks to aid, nurture, and empower people and communities by developing and supporting programs that promote and defend sustainable homes for American families.

The Foundation’s first initiative makes mortgage and rental assistance payment grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes. The Mortgage and Rental Grant Assistance Initiative is a program by which designated health care partners identify and provide program information to families that may benefit from financial support. The Foundation’s Mortgage Grant Assistance Initiative provides grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children, allowing them to take unpaid leave from work and spend precious time together without jeopardizing their cherished homes. The Rental Grant Assistance Initiative provides grants to parents and guardians with critically ill or injured children. Much like the Mortgage Assistance Initiative, the Rental Grant Assistance Initiative helps families focus on the health of their child instead of their next rent payment.

To meet its mission, ODF identifies and facilitates the designation of additional health care providers as initiative partners. (ODF currently has relationships/partnerships with nine children’s hospitals across the U.S.)

A 15-member Board of Directors guides the Foundation’s activities.  In November 2016, ODF announced that it had reached its 2016/2017 fundraising campaign goal of $1.5 million. ODF has ambitious plans to increase revenue substantially and broaden the scope of its grants. For more information about Mortgage Bankers Association, please visit www.mba.org. For more information about ODA, please visit https://www.mba.org/who-we-are/the-mba-foundation.

ODF’s President serves as the chief executive of the Foundation and is directly responsible to MBA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and indirectly to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  As the sole governing body of the Foundation, the Board oversees the strategic, operational and financial plans of all Foundation activities. Its Directors are active participants in the fundraising process and serve as advocates for the Foundation within the philanthropic community. The President sets fundraising priorities, identifies opportunities for partnerships, and devises strategies to secure substantial funding to meet ODF’s strategic goals. S/he also provides innovative leadership and the strategic vision necessary to continue building a comprehensive and robust program.

This is an exciting opportunity to take an emerging charitable foundation and build a strong, effective, and successful philanthropic organization.

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