Society Director, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery

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You are strategic, results focused and strive for excellence. You are resilient, resourceful, optimistic and energetic. You have the keen ability to recognize business trends and their impact, as well as identify potential roadblocks and opportunities. You are innovative, forward thinking, open-minded and flexible, in thought and tactics. You are a problem-solver.  Your tenaciousness, drive and purpose never outweigh your ethics, integrity or collaborative mindset.

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The Society Director, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) is responsible for the direction and management of all governance, operations, programs, and communications of the society to build and maintain a healthy and viable organization as determined by the leadership and management, and in concert with key association management principles and ethics.  Serve the changing needs and interests of the society’s membership, pursuant to their core purposes, mission, bylaws and strategic plan.

Support the society’s mission and vision, as expressed through the society’s bylaws, policies, and strategic plan.

  • Work with leadership in the formulation, promotion, and enforcement of all policies and positions.  
  • Develop and implement operating plans to achieve goals outlined in the strategic plan.  
  • Ensure outcomes are on time and within budget. 

Provide organization oversight and support.                                                    

  • Ensure society compliant with state and federal regulations; appropriate legal documents are filed on time; maintain appropriate insurance coverage.
  • Manage the society’s financial health and stability; provide for proper and transparent fiscal record keeping; draft and propose annual and meeting budgets; meet financial goals.  Make financial decisions consistent with approved budgets and strategic/operating plans.  Ensure programs are conducted in a cost-effective manner, expenses are minimized, accounts receivable are collected and funds and assets are used in the society’s best interest. 
  • Assure the society is overall efficient and appropriately stable through the development and implementation of standards, controls, systems, procedures, and regular evaluations.  Create and update manuals (i.e. board, policy, processing, etc.) to support appropriate processes and procedures.
  • Lead, coach, and train staff, assign projects and tasks, and ensure staff can execute all policies, programs and initiatives. Build and maintain a culture of trust and collaboration Conduct performance reviews, counsel, and guide staff to meet and exceed standards and attain performance goals.
  • With leadership, create and implement all policies and procedures.
  • Manage relationships with independent contractors to ensure programs and activities are in alignment with the budget, mission and vision of the organization.
  • Foster excellent member service and program management.

Support and guide leadership.                                                              

  • Support the development, communications, implementation and follow-up related to board and committee meetings.  Create agendas with leadership; arrange and communicate meetings; develop and oversee the distribution of the materials; draft, distribute, and archive minutes/ official business; conduct follow-up on action items.
  • Conduct board leadership development through orientations and networking to ensure the leadership is fulfilling their governance functions.
  • Develop and present appropriate reports, including “dashboards” for each meeting.
  • Develop and maintain effective communications and relations with leadership.  Ensure leadership is informed on the condition of the society’s operations and factors influencing it, including developments in programs, membership, and partnerships. 
  • Ensure all leadership entities are meeting objectives; provide guidance as necessary.

Oversee quality member/constituent programming.                                

  • Oversee all elements of programs/courses, including site selection, contract negotiations, compliance with ACCME regulations, financials, marketing, and on-site management. 
  • Direct the creation, production, and distribution of prospective, new, and renewing membership communications, solicitations, and documents.  Oversee the management of the membership database.
  • Work with the leadership and Society Coordinator to identify and implement new member programs, products, and/or services.  Provide progress reports routinely. 
  • Foster a professional and exceptional stakeholder experience.
  • Oversee the processes related to research grant applications, including survey creation, data collection, distribution, analysis, and report generation.
  • Collaborate with the leadership to maintain current fundraising and sponsorship activities, as well as to seek and implement new opportunities; manage all aspects of industry grant procurement, communications, distribution, and reporting.
  • Manage all aspects of programs/activity evaluation; enhance as needed; ensure all are produced on time, within budget, and meet goals.

Manage communications to members, nonmember constituents, and to the public.

  • Direct and ensure appropriate and timely response to members, prospective members, the public, and other constituents’ inquiries.  Manage correspondence as appropriate.
  • Ensure the Web sites are maintained, timely, and user-friendly.
  • Build awareness within the orthopaedic community of the societies’ attributes, knowledge, and available resources; promote the professionalism and expertise of the societies to relevant audiences.
  • Develop annual reports and oversee distribution. 
  • Direct the development of electronic newsletters and blasts.
  • Strengthen cooperative relationships with leaders, staff, and members of the AAOS, other organizations, the government, and industry.  Identify collaborative opportunities; create and manage as appropriate.  Promote the societies within the orthopaedic community and the relevant public. 


Approximately 20-25 days per year. 

International travel may be required.

Evening conference calls and weekend meetings.



Undergraduate degree.

At least seven years of progressive association management experience that includes planning, financial management, communications management, membership development and management, meetings development and management, and volunteer development and management.  At least three years of successful supervisory experience.

Excellent member service mentality and delivery; effective verbal and written communications; strong interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills.  Ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines successfully.

Ability to think strategically, proactively, and creatively. 

Must excel in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.  Cooperative, supportive, and “can do” attitude is crucial to success.  This person must have integrity and credibility with leaders, members, vendors, and staff.

Proficient in Microsoft Office.


CAE and/or IOM designations; experience with Personify database.

Experience and knowledge of relevant ACCME policies and requirements.

If this describes YOU, please apply by sharing the following:    

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Location: Rosemont, IL
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