The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS or the Society), the largest organization representing cardiothoracic surgeons in the world, is seeking an experienced Director of Education to direct the education functions of the organization.
The Society, a 501 (c)(6), not-for-profit organization founded in 1964, represents more than 7,300 surgeons, researchers and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The mission of the Society is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.
The Society is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with an office in Washington, D.C., and has a staff of approximately 65 employees. A team of dedicated professionals, STS employees strive for excellence as they uphold the Society’s core values of Quality, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, and Teamwork.
The STS Annual Meeting is one of the largest cardiothoracic surgery educational events in the world. The Society is also respected worldwide for both its peer-reviewed monthly journal, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and its STS National Database, established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The Society has also partnered with the American College of Cardiology to create the groundbreaking STS/ACC TVT Registry, a data repository developed to track patient safety and real-world outcomes related to transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures. The Society’s revenues are derived from four main sources: membership dues, its Annual Meeting and other educational activities, the STS National Database and other registry activities, and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
The STS Director of Education directs the education functions of the Society, as a part of an integrated management team. The Director is responsible for overseeing the development of educational content, including format and educational methodology for Society educational programs, managing the STS endorsement process for industry and non-industry developed educational programs, overseeing the joint providerships offered by STS, and actively engaging with commercial entities on potential educational collaborations, in concert with other STS staff.
The Director is also responsible for ensuring that staff and volunteer leadership are updated on revisions and clarifications to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essential Areas, Elements, Criteria, Policies and Standards, and that the Society’s accreditation status remains in compliance with these. The Director manages STS staff within an environment that values teamwork, collaboration and active communication among the various STS departments.
The Director of Education reports to an Associate Executive Director, works closely with the Society’s other directors, supervises a staff of six education professionals, and supports relevant Council Operating Boards, workforces and task forces.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for design, implementation and marketing (with Marketing and Communications Department) of educational programming to meet the needs of Society members.
Solicit and incorporate input from all departments involved in the development and implementation of educational activities.
Ensure compliance with ACCME Essential Areas, Elements, Criteria, Policies and Standards, and recommend related changes in Society process or policy as needed.
Monitor and identify emerging specialty areas of practice in order to provide timely and effective programming.
Lead efforts to ensure that educational activities are based on gaps in knowledge or performance, are supported by evidence, meet the needs and preferences of learners, and are evaluated on the basis of measureable changes in learners’ competence, clinical performance and/or patient outcomes.
Develop and maintain arrangements with other organizations as appropriate for the success of the educational effort.
Assess new and proposed education formats approved for AMA PRA category 1 creditTM by the American Medical Association and develop new activities when they are appropriate for Society members.
Maintain an ongoing understanding of societal, professional, and governmental influences on continuing medical education and provide input to STS leaders based upon this understanding.
Manage STS endorsement activities for educational programs developed by both industry and non-industry organizations.
Manage STS joint providership activities in compliance with ACCME requirements.
Manage the expansion of educational activities offered internationally.
Evaluate trends in technology, recommending and implementing leading-edge technological systems for effective delivery of educational programs.
Oversee the development and implementation of e-publications, e-curricula and other electronic educational products.
Develop and implement strategies to support the economic viability of the Society’s educational programs.
Develop and monitor business plans for all educational enduring materials.
Develop and monitor letters of agreement with commercial supporters, with particular focus on ensuring compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support and related accreditation criteria.
Serve as a key contact with relevant external groups, such as the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Medical Association Council on Education, and the Council on Medical Specialty Societies Continuing Professional Development component group.
Support activities of relevant Council Operating Boards, workforces and task forces (including preparation of meeting notices, agendas, minutes and reports for the Board of Directors as appropriate).
Provide expertise and resources as volunteers identify programs, products and services to meet member educational needs.
Oversee preparation of the annual budget for the education area.
Review related monthly financial statements, identifying variances and needed adjustments.
Review and approve related accounts payable and receivable.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in education/instructional design, business or related field is required; Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of ten years related work experience in medical education, including five years of demonstrated success in a management role, is required. Prior experience working with ACCME Essential Areas, Elements, Criteria, Policies and Standards necessary, ideally in a medical specialty society or other not-for-profit membership organization environment. Demonstrated knowledge of Maintenance of Certification and its impact on medical specialty societies, as well as the policies of relevant organizations (e.g., OIG (HHS), PhRMA, AdvaMed, IOM, FDA, AMA, EUCOMED, and MECOMED) as related to continuing medical education, a plus.
Essential Skills and Abilities
Extensive knowledge and experience with adult learning principles and technologies, including new trends in the delivery of education (e.g., online learning, blended learning, etc.)
Ability to lead and direct staff, with insight and vision to move programs and volunteer leadership bodies forward
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
Excellent organizational, planning, and follow-through capabilities; attention to detail is essential
Ability to multi-task and manage several projects simultaneously
Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, volunteer leaders, other organizations, and industry contacts; tact, diplomacy, and good judgment are essential
Positive attitude in the workplace
Flexibility and adaptability to changing daily activities and schedules
Ability to travel, as necessary
Energy, creativity, initiative, eagerness to learn, and professionalism required. Candidate must exemplify the STS Core Values of Quality, Innovation, Professionalism, Inclusiveness, and Teamwork.
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