Chief Executive Officer

Req Number: 4GZCXU
Location: Arlington, VA
Posted: 2/2/2024
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Not-For-Profit
Job Type: Permanent

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Location: Arlington, VA
Reporting Relationship: Board of Directors

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), 501(c)6, is the premier radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. These medical professionals, found at hospitals, free-standing cancer treatment centers and academic research facilities around the globe, make up the radiation therapy treatment teams that are critical in the fight against cancer. Together, these teams treat more than one million cancer patients each year in the United States alone.

As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, advocacy, and patient information resources. It also provides extensive online learning opportunities for its members.

ASTRO holds the largest Annual Meeting focused on radiation oncology in the world which attracts over 11,000 health care professionals in major cities throughout the United States. The meeting has an extensive exhibit hall showcasing the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment. In addition, ASTRO sponsors three leading scientific journals, provides practice accreditation services, oversees a medical error reporting mechanism, conducts media relations, develops clinical guidelines to provide recommendations for care, funds grants to advance research in the field and has sophisticated advocacy and health policy operations.

ASTRO sponsors a website dedicated to patient education called RTAnswers ( which includes patient brochures focused on major diseases sites and videos so patients can understand how radiation therapy works. These activities are overseen by a team of dedicated staff and over 750 committee volunteers. ASTRO also oversees committees dedicated to radiation oncology department chairs, residency program directors, and residents.

ASTRO has a strong and positive staff culture. In its annual engagement survey most recently conducted in spring of 2023, 95% of staff said they would recommend working at ASTRO to a friend and the overall satisfaction rate is 93%.

Founded in 1958, ASTRO’s mission is to advance the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research, disseminating research results, and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving health care environment.

Mission: To advance the specialty of Radiation Oncology through promotion of equitable, high-quality care for people with cancer, cultivating and educating a diverse workforce, fostering research and innovation, and leading policy development and advocacy.
Vision: Improving the lives of people with cancer with radiation therapy.

Goals and Objectives
Goal: ASTRO will cultivate fuller engagement with radiation oncology community

  •  Engage Early Career Practitioners to be active participants of the Society.
  • Assess the evolving needs of a diverse radiation oncology community to increase the relevancy and desirability of ASTRO membership.
  • Foster a sense of inclusion among radiation oncology communities.
  • Increase collaboration and partnership with radiation oncology stakeholders.

Goal: ASTRO will foster a diverse workforce and improve access to equitable care

  • Prioritize diversity, equity, and belonging in all ASTRO activities to reflect an inclusive culture.
  • Help to generate a diverse radiation oncology workforce that reflects the US population.
  • Educate the radiation oncology community on the clinicians' role in creating equitable care.
  • Offer welcoming spaces that showcase differences and support the needs of different communities.
  • Support and improve access to the equitable delivery of radiation therapy.

Goal: ASTRO will drive high quality care

  • Lead initiatives that enhance the quality, safety, and value of radiation oncology to improve the lives of patients.
  • Drive patient-centered, equitable and timely access to care.
  • Create guidelines, metrics and interventions that lead to improved patient outcomes.
  • Support the judicious use of technological advances that lead to more efficient and higher value patient care.

Goal: ASTRO will lead policy advocacy

  • Serve as a credible resource that educates and influences the federal government on the benefits, value, and innovation of radiation oncology to the overall healthcare system.
  • Drive policies that reduce cancer disparities and improve care for groups that have been economically and socially marginalized.
  • Support incentives for radiation oncologists to actively engage in clinical patient care, as well as protect and expand their scope of practice for the benefit of patients.
  • Advocate that patients and radiation oncologists, not payers or benefits managers, make all treatment decisions based on clinical and scientific evidence.
  • Promote policies that expand access and coverage for both independent physician offices and hospitals to ensure radiation oncology services are available to all patients who may benefit.

Goal: ASTRO will enhance research and innovation in the field

  • Promote research innovations for radiation oncology.
  • Develop collaborative partnerships to expand radiation oncology research funding.
  • Foster, mentor, and equip diverse researchers with the knowledge and skills to compete for research funding.
  • Support expansion of health services research and funding demonstrating the value of radiation therapy.
  • Convene research stakeholders and strengthen the innovation ecosystem for radiation oncology.

Goal: ASTRO will showcase the patient benefits of radiation therapy

  • Educate, inform, and influence the public on the value and benefits of radiation therapy to help patients advocate for high quality care.
  • Provide radiation oncologists with the tools and skills to advocate for patients in multidisciplinary care.
  • Educate referring physicians on the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
  • Introduce a diverse cadre of trainees and students to radiation oncology.
  • Highlight innovations that benefit patients.

Goal: ASTRO will ensure access to innovative education

  • Conduct dynamic assessments of the diverse needs of learners throughout their careers to inform the overall educational curriculum.
  • Adapt educational content to support the evolving trends, opportunities, and practice management needs in radiation oncology.
  • Design and deliver educational opportunities that build and sustain competence and skills to support quality, evidence-based care in diverse career pathways and practice settings.
  • Expand the reach and accessibility of educational offerings.

ASTRO advocates protecting and promoting radiation oncology and the interests of cancer patients. ASTRO advocates before Congress, the White House, and other federal agencies to:

 Reform radiation oncology payment policy to enhance care quality and value.
 Ensure patients and radiation oncologists make all treatment decisions.
 Increase investments in radiation oncology research.
 Advance health equity measures to eliminate disparities in patient care.
 Prevent coverage disruptions for cancer patients.

The Radiation Oncology Institute (ROI)
Radiation therapy is used to treat more than one million cancer patients each year. Yet, funding for radiation oncology research is limited. Founded in 2006, the American Society for Radiation Oncology ROI is a 501(c)(3) charity that has funded $4.3 million in research to improve outcomes for cancer patients and drive the field of radiation oncology forward. ROI advances research and education so that patients with cancer can receive high-quality, innovative radiation treatment that enhances their quality of life and saves more lives. ROI has its own Board of Trustees, but there is overlap with the ASTRO Board.

ASTRO is seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with overall responsibility for efficient and successful leadership and operation of the overall organization. They will partner with the Board of Directors to facilitate development of ASTRO’s strategic plan and annual operating plans and lead the staff to effectively advance and implement its goals and objectives. The CEO serves as a key representative, voice, and advocate for ASTRO with multiple diverse internal and external stakeholders. Further, they will ensure that the programs, activities, advocacy, and services of the organization provide significant value and relevancy for current and prospective members.

The CEO is responsible for managing nearly $25 million in annual revenue and 82 full-time employees. Through effective leadership and management, the CEO fosters high performance and growth consistent with ASTRO’s mission, vision, strategic plan, and values of the organization.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

Board Relations:
  • Provide leadership in planning and implementing ASTRO’s mission and goals, developing strategies, proposing plans and budgets to achieve the goals, and setting standards and conditions for operating excellence.
  • Forge and maintain an effective, collaborative, and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors. Engage Board members in communicating the status of the Society’s goals, finances, relevant governance issues, and resources.
  • Ensure appropriate translation of the Board’s strategic directives into operational goals and objectives by staff; provide input and direction to the Board on operational matters and issues, and development and implementation of the strategic plan.
  • Advise and assist the Board in the formulation of policies governing the organization and implementation of all policies and directives of the Board.
  • Update the Board regarding current operations and short-term plans for ASTRO. Inform the Board of innovative ideas, trends, and issues that may influence ASTRO’s success.
  • Facilitate consensus among Board members on key issues.
  • Serve as a principal liaison between the staff and the Board of Directors.

Administration and Operations:
  • Oversee all administrative, management, operations, and human resource functions.
  • Create, foster, and support a positive, proactive organizational environment of innovation, cooperation, and integrity, encouraging achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Develop, lead, attract, inspire, retain, and manage a diverse, talented, and high-performing team, to ensure that the mission and values of ASTRO are put into practice.
  • Maintain financial stability for ASTRO; develop a financial plan that supports a growth strategy focused on measurable outcomes such as: revenue, cost savings, quality improvements, customer retention and growth, and new product/program/service introductions.
  • Work with the Board and staff to develop plans to expand the program base, grow membership.
  • Identify, evaluate, and prioritize opportunities for international growth. Determine appropriate business strategy and assess resource requirements.
  • Demonstrate skill in influencing individuals and teams to perform at a high level and to embrace change. Negotiate persuasively to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause.
  • Manage complex constituencies and stakeholders, including the ability to effectively manage internal and external conflicts.
  • Foster a culture that advances inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging amongst staff and membership.

Strategic Leadership:
  • Think strategically and futuristically, considering the needs of the profession and entire membership, including competing factions and trends.
  • Support future growth of the profession and organization through strategic visioning, leadership, and collaborative dialogue (internal and external) in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
  • Cultivate, build, support, and nurture strategic alliances and relationships with key external stakeholders.
  • Ensure ongoing and new initiatives are carefully considered for alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Serve as an inclusive strategic leader, proactively seeking diverse input and views.

  • Support the Board and key Committees to prioritize public policy priorities and engage members for grassroots support.
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight to advance ASTRO’s regulatory and legislative public policy priorities. Personally engage in key meetings with policymakers in collaboration with key ASTRO staff leaders.
  • Develop and implement a strategy for growing the PAC. Educate members on the importance of investing in the PAC.
  • Develop and implement a communications strategy to advance ASTRO’s public policy.
  • Engage external stakeholders with mutual interests to support the achievement of ASTRO’s public policy priorities.

External Relations:
  • Serve as a key representative and spokesperson for ASTRO to build its brand and public image.
  • Develop and maintain strategic professional organizational relationships.
  • Ensure strategic alignment of marketing, public relations, and communication efforts.

The CEO will be an executive-level leader with the professional experience and competencies to lead an innovative, complex organization in this dynamic healthcare environment. They will be an accomplished, strategic leader who will partner with the Board of Directors to advance ASTRO’s mission and vision and ensure the organization's effectiveness, growth, and relevancy. The CEO will have a successful record of accomplishment of cultivating and sustaining a culture of innovation and results and will possess a minimum of 10 years executive-level leadership experience with proven management, business, advocacy, financial, and technology acumen. They will have a deep understanding of and commitment to the challenges and opportunities that face the membership organizations, the profession, and its key stakeholders.

The ideal candidate for the CEO role will possess the following background, experience, and leadership competencies:

  • Passion for ASTRO’s mission and an ability to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission, and values of the organization to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Executive leadership in a nonprofit membership organization preferred.
  • A record for building and leading a highly professional, knowledgeable, and diverse staff team in a performance driven, dynamic, member-focused, and results-oriented environment. A leadership style of identifying, developing, and engaging staff and fostering a culture of trust, inclusion, collaboration, and empowerment.
  • Experience reporting to and collaborating effectively with a volunteer Board of Directors in the development and implementation of a strategic plan and fostering trusting and transparent relationships. Experience engaging diverse viewpoints and forging consensus.
  • Experience providing strategic leadership for an organization’s regulatory and legislative agenda, with particular emphasis on the healthcare sector. A reputation for working effectively on a bipartisan basis.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through all aspects of leadership.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, influence, and relationship building skills, key to forging strong relationships, establishing trust, and engaging diverse stakeholders internal and external to ASTRO.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including experience as an effective public speaker. A proactive listener who seeks diverse viewpoints.
  • Experience in organizational fiscal management including budgeting and forecasting, long-range financial planning, investment management, and audit compliance. Experience developing and administering organizational budgets and identifying and directing outside resources to maximize their contributions to strategic results.
  • Practical knowledge of technology to ensure ASTRO offers superior service, tools, and efficiencies to support its mission and objectives in a cost effective and timely manner.
  • Effective at anticipating trends and leading organization change to address market dynamics and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently measure and gauge performance of programs and make course corrections, as necessary.
  • A record of accomplishment of building alliances with other key organizations and skilled in managing diverse relationships and stakeholders within and outside the organization.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a capability of anticipating, analyzing, and articulating complex and strategic issues and their potential impact on the Board, members, staff, and other key partners.
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, humility, and empathy.
  • Strong diplomatic skills and political savvy. Courage and confidence to focus, prioritize, and make tough decisions.
  • Impeccable reputation for ethical behavior and integrity.

A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced or terminal degree is preferred.

A competitive compensation package will be provided to attractive outstanding candidates.


Korn Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.