The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) enjoyed several years of leadership from an Executive Director (ED) who grew the organization in size, scope, and value. Due to his retirement, ODA now seeks a seasoned leader and manager to build on its strong foundation, guide the association, and inspire its broad, statewide membership. ODA’s ambitious agenda requires an inclusive ED who is outcomes oriented, builds trust-based partnerships, and fosters coalitions around efforts that protect and improve Oregon’s dental profession. S/he must operate in the milieu of the changing healthcare environment while forging productive relationships with Oregon’s dental professionals, academia, insurance and business partners, elected officials, and the others who influence the profession’s industry issues. This requires a highly-engaged and visionary leader, manager, administrator, partner, communicator and advocate.
The 120-year-old ODA is a statewide, membership-based, professional association with the core purpose of advancing the dental profession and promoting the highest standards of oral health and oral healthcare. It has a $2.3 million budget with which it provides continuing education, advocacy and other benefits for its 2,200 member-dentists, as well as public information to promote good oral health. As part of a tripartite membership association, a dentist-member of the ODA is also a member of the American Dental Association, as well as their local component dental society. There are 17 component dental societies in Oregon, most of which are unstaffed. ODA enjoys a market share of 67% of Oregon’s dentists. Member recruitment, retention, and dues billing is administered at the state level.
The Executive Director serves as ODA’s chief managing officer and reports to an elected Board of Trustees through the President. Policies and programs are established by the Board of Trustees, and the ED is responsible for their administration, as well as the leadership and management of the staff and administrative operations. S/he will also oversee finances, contribute to and implement strategic plans, and build relationships with and influence multiple constituencies.
Key areas of responsibility include the following:
Leadership & Management- The Board and internal stakeholders require clear and consistent communication and vision for the direction of the organization. The ED motivates and leads staff, and determines and communicates performance expectations and accountabilities. The ED is ultimately accountable for all projects pursued by the staff. The ED should take an active role in helping to identify, encourage, and develop volunteer leaders.
Strategy/Planning- The ED collaborates with the President, Board, and Councils to plan and implement strategies and programs consistent with the organization’s mission, goals and priorities. Because leaders regularly change, it is incumbent upon the ED to provide the ongoing leadership and vision necessary to maintain a continuously beneficial, responsive organization.
Operations/Finance- The ED works with staff to maintain the financial health, stability, and transparency of ODA, including budget development that meets member and organizational needs. Membership recruitment and retention are critical, and likely require an entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen.
Communications & External Relations- The ED represents the ODA to the professional community, industry groups, membership, and the general public. S/he effectively communicates with the ODA board, its officers, council chairs, staff, and members, in addition to other organizations, associations, and boards.
Experience & Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following:
- Higher education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Professional certification: CAE preferred
- Experience in not-for-profit and/or association management; healthcare industry experience preferred
- At least 10 years relevant work history that demonstrates senior-level leadership and general management experience
- Proven ability to manage, mentor, and motivate staff
- Polished presentation skills, including the ability to interface with statewide leaders
Proven track record of:
- leadership in an organization (membership-based organization preferred)
- working with broad constituency groups
- financial management
- direction of programmatic activities
- working with and being accountable to a Board of Trustees
- volunteer management, mentoring, and leadership development
- building collaborative relationships, internally and externally
- navigating change
- acting as an organization’s spokesperson / the face of an organization
- Computer literacy
- Willingness to respond to communications in a timely manner
- Willingness to travel (about 30%), including regular evening and weekend work
If you have referral/networking resources or are interested in the position, please contact:
Melissa Ulum, Partner
Murphy, Symonds & Stowell Search
1001 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1100, Portland, Oregon 97201
Phone: 503 730-7615 Email: Melissa@MSSsearch.com