Chief Executive Officer

Req Number: RP357
Location: Austin, TX
Posted: 8/13/2020
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Education
Job Type: Permanent

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) seeks a Chief Executive Officer. AANP is the largest national membership organization for NPs of all specialties, offering members a comprehensive portfolio of products and services benefiting NPs and their patients. AANP empowers all nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership.

Position -- Chief Executive Officer
Company  -- American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Location -- Austin, TX
Reporting Relationship --The Chief Executive Officer reports to the AANP Board of Directors
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Organization Background/Culture

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) represents the interests of more than 290,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) currently licensed in the United States.  A powerful voice at local, state, and federal levels, AANP advocates for NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care.  Providing primary, acute and specialty care, NPs are the health care providers of choice for millions of patients.  The faith that patients have in the care provided by these expert health care professionals is evidenced by the more than one billion visits made to NPs annually. 

AANP is the largest national membership organization for NPs of all specialties, offering members a comprehensive portfolio of products and services benefiting NPs and their patients.  With membership benefits ranging from complimentary continuing education courses to a discount on a variety of insurance products, and practice tools, AANP provides a comprehensive portfolio of valuable membership options. 

As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, AANP continues to build strong relationships with members of the U. S. House of Representatives, U. S. Senate, the White House, state legislatures, federal agencies, and numerous professional organizations.  These relationships help to ensure that the priorities of AANP and nurse practitioners are represented with colleagues and at all levels of government.

Mission: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) empowers all nurse practitioners (NPs) to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership. 

Core Purpose: To promote high-quality health care.

Core Values:

  • Integrity: Trust, Transparency, Accountability, Ethical Commitment, Reliability, Respect
  • Excellence: Meet and Exceed Expectations, Continuous Improvement, Identify and Document Best Practices, Promote High-Quality Outcomes
  • Professionalism: Personal and Professional Accountability, Unity Within Our Profession, Discipline, Inclusivity, Diversity
  • Leadership: Innovative, Proactive, Visionary, Stewardship
  • Service: Dedication to Our Profession, Provide an Exceptional Member Experience, Enduring Commitment to AANP members, Patients and Communities

Key Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has full responsibility for providing leadership, direction, and vision for the development and achievement of AANP’s mission and strategic plan/objectives as determined by the Board of Directors.

The CEO is the steward of AANP’s human, material and fiscal assets and shall ensure that AANP’s affairs are conducted in a manner consistent with corporate and charter requirements as well as federal, state and local laws and regulations. In addition, the CEO will:


  • Provide leadership in planning and implementing AANP’s mission and goals, develop strategies, propose plans and budgets to achieve the goals, and set the standards and conditions for operating excellence.
  • Review the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and develop strategies for successful attainment. Ensure the development of performance measurements which will be outlined in the KPIs while continuously looking to the future for change opportunities.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with all Association policies and local, state, and federal rules and regulations.  Assure and certify timely filing of all required legal and regulatory documents and monitor compliance with laws and contracts.
  • Be a financial steward for AANP including preparing and presenting the annual budget to the Board and reporting related forecasting of fiscal needs while providing year to date performance vs. budget information to the Board, including commentary on variances.
  • Provide direction to AANP senior staff to assure performance improvement and progress towards meeting the strategic plans’ stated goals and objectives.
  • Facilitate communication between the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and AANP.
  • Manage external relationships, independent contractors and consultants, and develop contacts to enhance the image of AANP. 
  • Maintain effective relationships with the executives of associations, businesses, and industries related to the nurse practitioner profession. Advocate for AANP in the broader health care community, initiate and maintain cooperative relations with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities to AANP Staff

  • Develop and direct the organizational and staffing structures for AANP.
  • Communicate vision to staff and empower staff to enact the vision for the benefit of AANP, NPs, and the greater health care communities.
  • Oversee the recruitment and training of the Association staff with full responsibility for promotion or termination.

Key Responsibilities to AANP Board

  • Assist the Board with the development and successful implementation of short- and long-term strategies to meet goals consistent with the mission and vision of AANP.
  • Advise and assist the Board in the formulation of policies governing the Association and implement all policies and directives of the Board.
  • Ensure that the Board has sufficient and timely information. Provide quarterly reports to the Board, or more frequently if requested, on the business, financial and other related affairs of the Association.
  • Accountable to the AANP Board of Directors for the administration, proper interpretation and fulfilling the objectives of the Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors with voice, but without a vote.

Key Responsibilities to AANP Members

  • Lead AANP’s operations and staff to assure the development and implementation of successful programs that achieve AANP’s broader purpose and board-approved strategic goals, including the recruitment, engagement, and retention of a diverse membership.  Strategies to attract and engage next generation professionals will also be developed and implemented.
  • Identify and develop services or programs that are aligned with members’ needs and enhance AANP’s position within the NP and greater health care communities.
  • Interact extensively and regularly with membership to listen to their needs, maximize engagement, and ensure member satisfaction. Ensure member communications are timely, relevant, and accurate.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

The successful candidate will ideally possess the following qualifications or demonstrate equivalent experience:

  • 7-10 years of association executive leadership or relevant professional experience.
  • Have extensive knowledge of the role of NPs, the position of NPs in the health care arena, and the political forces that impact the current and future practice of the NP profession.
  • Goal driven, systems thinking, proven problem solver, team player, dynamic and energetic.
  • Highly energized to engage and respond to the perspectives of a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to results, possess keen business acumen, maintain the ability to lead and effect change, and motivate and develop talent within the organization.
  • Strong presentation skills, ability to build a culture that reflects the vision and mission of AANP, and financial management skills to support the Association strategy within the capital available.
  • Personal and professional ethics beyond reproach.
  • Professional, respectful, and tactful demeanor.
  • Polished verbal communication skills, including interpersonal, presentation, writing and public speaking skills. Ability to communicate complex professional and advocacy issues.
  • Strong staff management and volunteer leadership skills.
  • Adept at thinking creatively and bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to the Association’s leadership.
  • Willingness to relocate to Austin, TX is strongly preferred.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Master’s degree and/or professional certification is preferred.
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) is a plus. 



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