Education and Training, Health, Meetings/Expositions/Events
4 Year Degree
About the ASDS
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization in the United States exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin throughout every stage of life. ASDS members are recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic and medically necessary skin surgery. They also are pioneers in the field; many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that tighten skin and remove blemishes, hair and fat. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease.
ASDS offers numerous education offerings focused on improving patient safety and outcomes through the newest techniques and technology options. From hands-on training to self-directed learning programs to mentorship programs, ASDS is committed to providing an exceptional educational experience to its 6,500 members. Located in Rolling Meadows, IL, ASDS has annual revenues of approximately $5.3M and a staff of 25.
The Director of Education and Meetings is responsible for the strategic direction and successful execution of the Society’s education programs and related activities working closely with volunteers, subject matter experts and staff. The Director oversees content planning, financial management, logistics planning, and successful execution of the Annual Meeting and other live, virtual, hybrid and enduring educational programs, the Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation Program, all educational exchange programs, meetings management, and research grant activities. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Education and Meetings serves as a member of the senior management team and staff liaison for key work groups relating to education activities and participates in Board of Directors meetings.
Responsible for the overall strategic planning and deployment of the Society’s education programs. Analyzes the learning and practice needs of members and manages and oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of current and future learning products and services. Helps subject matter experts deliver high quality education offerings in live, virtual, hybrid and enduring formats.
Maintains current knowledge on the infrastructure, services and technologies required to support such formats. Maintains awareness of the emerging trends, advancements, challenges and other topics of interest to members and stakeholders. Ensures programs meet members’ needs, requirements for continuing medical education credit and maintenance of certification, as appropriate. Establishes performance metrics to measure effectiveness. Uses evaluation, performance, financial, and other data to inform planning decision-making.
Responsible for the successful execution of the annual meeting, in collaboration with the education department and departments across the Society. Fosters a team approach to planning and implementation, including building a cohesive cross-departmental on-site team. Leads the Annual Meeting Core Team. Facilitates and guides volunteers and staff team in the development of educational content, networking opportunities and social activities. Oversees space and logistics planning. Supports every aspect of the annual meeting to ensure its overall success.
Directs the management of the organization’s Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Accreditation program, providing strategic guidance and direction to staff in program implementation. Long term, seeks to achieve accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Develops and directs the development of regional courses, derivative products and distance-learning offerings to support the organization’s strategic plan, working with volunteers and staff.
Responsible for the Society’s compliance with the standards promulgated by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Assures that systems, processes, and policies are in place to support compliance in the most effective and efficient means possible for ASDS and its Solutions for Association Management, Inc. (SAMI) clients seeking joint accreditation.
Oversees all meeting planning responsibilities, including site selection, contract negotiations, logistics planning, and all tasks associated with the successful execution of meetings. This includes, but is not limited to, the annual meeting, regional courses, Board and work group meetings, Industry Advisory Council Forum, and SAMI client meetings.
Oversees educational exchange and research grant awards programs, providing strategic direction and guidance to staff in their implementation of these programs.
Effectively manages the finances relating to education, accreditation, meetings and research grant activities. Seeks staff input in the development, management and achievement of the annual budget, financial projections and stated financial goals. Effectively documents methodology. Makes adjustments to activity throughout the year in order to preserve a positive outcome. Provides revenue and expense spreads and re-forecasts as requested. Analyzes return on investment and makes recommendations accordingly.
Staffs Annual Meeting Work Group and other member work groups as assigned.
Develops and maintains relationships with key service providers, digital platforms companies and other vendors, keeping current with their capabilities and latest offerings.
Responsible for the management and professional development of departmental staff. Directs and supervises the Education Manager, Education Programs Manager, Meeting Planner , and Education Associate in the successful execution of their duties. Provides clear expectations and regular feedback on performance.
Serves as a member of the senior management team. Assists in the strategic planning process and works closely with the Executive Director, volunteer leadership and management team in its implementation.
Travels out of town as needed to board, ASDS courses, hotel site visits, strategic planning and work group meetings.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Bachelor’s degree required;
Minimum of 7 years of progressive management experience, preferably in a professional health care, organized medical association, or other professional member-based association;
Demonstrated success in the successful delivery of live, virtual and hybrid educational programs;
Experience in leading the development and execution of a virtual annual meeting strongly preferred;
Proficient in ACCME criteria and guidelines;
Knowledgeable in education related technologies;
Strong project management skills, ability to develop timelines and manage deadlines
Familiarity with Learning Management System (LMS) and Association Management System (AMS);
Well developed written, verbal and analytical skills;
Sound judgment and problem-solving capabilities;
Ability to think and plan strategically, organize, prioritize and coordinate a high volume of projects;
Detail oriented, thorough, resourceful, and self-motivated;
Effective and efficient management of multiple priorities under tight deadlines;
Interacts well with all levels of Society leadership, membership, vendors and staff;
Skilled in Word, Excel, and Power Point;
Ability to attend weekend and evening meetings and conference calls as needed.
The Search Process
Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter indicating qualifications and scope of experience to:
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