Chief Executive Officer

Req Number: RXUSWP
Location: Chicago, IL
Posted: 12/6/2022
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Not-For-Profit
Job Type: Permanent

Position: Chief Executive Officer
Organization: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (“Academy”)
Location: Chicago, IL
Reporting Relationship: Board of Directors of the Academy and its Foundation

Founded in 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improving the public's health and nutrition during World War I, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of nutrition and dietetics practitioners. Today, the Academy represents more than 112,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition, and dietetics technicians, registered and other food and nutrition professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students. The organization is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of nutrition and dietetics through research, education, and advocacy. Members of the Academy perform a key role in shaping the public's food choices, thereby improving its nutritional status, and in treating persons with illnesses or injuries. Members offer preventive and medical nutrition therapy services in a variety of settings.

Nutrition and dietetics practitioners work in health care systems, home health care, foodservice, business, research, and educational organizations, as well as in private practice. As vital members of medical teams in hospitals, long-term care facilities and health maintenance organizations, they provide medical nutrition therapy, using specific nutrition services to treat chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Community-based nutrition and dietetics practitioners provide health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness services. As a leader in food and nutrition issues, the Academy provides expert testimony at hearings, lobbies Congress and other governmental bodies, comments on proposed federal and state regulations, and develops position statements on critical food and nutrition issues.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics professionals by empowering them to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and does not receive any portion of member dues, relying solely on donations to thrive. The success and impact of our programs and services are directly attributed to the generous support of our donors. The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article “Advancing the Dietetics Profession through the Foundation’s Philanthropy” offers greater detail on Foundation’s history.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or nutrition and dietetics technicians. ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND® is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper. This recognition affirms that ACEND® meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. More than 100,000 dietitians and dietetic technicians across the country and the world have taken CDR exams over the past several decades. CDR currently awards nine separate and distinct credentialing programs: Registered Dietitian (RD)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN); Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)/Nutrition Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR); Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR); Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP); Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD); Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG); and Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO).

The Commission's RD/NDTR certification programs are fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence based in Washington, D.C. This accreditation, which reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing.

The Academy's Strategic Plan—including its vision, mission, principles, and focus areas—expands the influence and reach of the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession. With the continued input of Academy members, the Board remains committed to its goal to create a compelling organizational plan that will transform the next century of nutrition and dietetics practitioners and position the Academy as the food and nutrition leaders on a global scale.

Vision: A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition.

Mission: Accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition.

Principles: The Academy through its members works to:
• Amplify the contribution and value of diverse nutrition and dietetics practitioners to the public.
• Position registered dietitian nutritionists as the experts in food and nutrition.
• Expand workforce demand and capacity.
• Incorporate research, professional development, technology, and practice to foster innovation and discovery.
• Collaborate with key stakeholders to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges, now and in the future.
• Focus on making a system-wide impact across the food, well-being, and health care sectors.
• Have a global impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation works collaboratively with the Boards of Directors (Academy, Foundation, ACEND, CDR). The CEO is responsible for professional management of all aspects of the Headquarters' operations in the Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC offices. The CEO serves as a key representative, voice, and influence for the Academy with multiple internal and external stakeholders, and ensures that the programs, activities, and services of the organization directly benefit the members.

The CEO is responsible for managing nearly $55 million in annual revenue (including investment returns), $34 million in operating expense, nearly $97 million in total assets and 170 full-time employees.
Through effective leadership and management, the CEO fosters high performance and growth consistent with the respective missions, visions, strategic plans, and values of the organizations.

Among the specific accountabilities are the following:

Strategic Leadership:
• Amplifies the contribution and value of diverse nutrition and dietetics practitioners to the public.
• Manages complex constituencies and stakeholders.
• Advances food and nutrition research, policy, and practice through a holistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) lens.
• Positions registered dietitian nutritionists as the experts in food and nutrition.
• Expands workforce demand and capacity.
• Incorporates research, professional development, technology, and practice to foster innovation and discovery.
• Collaborates with key stakeholders to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges, now and in the future.
• Focuses on making a system-wide impact across food, well-being, and health care sectors.
• Fosters a global impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition.
• Thinks strategically, globally, and futuristically, considering the needs of the profession and entire membership, including competing factions and trends.
• Enables a future for the profession and organization through strategic visioning, leadership, and collaborative dialogue (internal and external). Works with the Academy Board of Directors to advance the Academy and the profession as global leaders in nutrition and dietetics.
• Sustains strategic direction through environmental scanning, strategic thinking, planning and management of the Academy’s people and financial resources.
• Provides oversight and strategic direction in public policy to support the accomplishment of short- and longer-term organizational objectives.
• Facilitates a “systems” view of the profession by looking externally at the Academy’s future needs to anticipate changes and analyze their potential implications.
• Cultivates, builds, supports, and nurtures strategic alliances and relationships with industry, government, educational, and allied professional organizations nationally and globally to ensure the missions, vision, and strategic goals of the Academy and the Foundation are furthered.
• Evaluates the sustainability of the core business, ensuring appropriate resource allocations are made for both people and systems.
• Ensures ongoing and new initiatives are carefully considered for alignment with the strategic plan.
• Communicates openly, transparently, and regularly, keeping the Boards fully informed on the condition of the organization and important factors influencing its success.
        o Identifies challenges, opportunities, and emerging trends requiring attention; brings those which are appropriate to the Boards, committees, and task forces for deliberation; ensures execution, as appropriate.
        o Demonstrates skill in influencing individuals and teams to perform at a higher level and to embrace change.
        o Negotiates persuasively to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause.
        o Inspires others and builds a motivated, high-performing Executive Team; understands what motivates different people.
        o Delivers solid leadership skills, including the ability to effectively manage internal and external conflicts.
• Incorporates relevant effective practices from non-profit management and association governance, philanthropy, fund development and trends to advance the strategic plan.

• Serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy and the Foundation in an ex-officio capacity.
• Works in close collaboration with the President and the Board of Directors in providing essential governance support to conduct the strategic work of the Academy and the Foundation.
• Promotes and demonstrates the highest standards of integrity.
• Fosters a culture that advances inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) amongst staff and membership.
• Demonstrates commitment to a learning organization and to personal and professional growth and development.

• Oversees, monitors, and maintains the financial health of the Academy and Foundation and implements fiscal controls; ensures that all funds, physical assets, and other property are appropriately safeguarded and administered; oversees the expenditure of funds; and projects future financial outlook and needs of the organization.
• Establishes infrastructure and resources to achieve optimal and sustainable IDEA outcomes.
• Creates, fosters, and supports a positive, proactive organizational environment of innovation, cooperation, and integrity, encouraging achievement of goals and objectives.
• Provides for an effective organizational structure for the Chicago and Washington offices, supporting the directives and objectives established by the Boards.
• Builds a strong leadership team by attracting and developing key executives. Empowers staff to achieve desired goals and fosters a culture of openness, collaboration, and teamwork.

The ideal candidate for the CEO role will possess the following background, experience, and skills:
• 15+ years of progressively responsible experience in association management and/or senior leadership with a record in developing and leading the implementation of strategies that have increased brand recognition and improved bottom-line.
• Passionate about the Academy’s and its Foundation’s respective missions and can promote and communicate the philosophy, mission, and values of the organization to external and internal stakeholders.
• A record for building and leading a highly professional, knowledgeable, and diverse staff team in a performance driven, dynamic, and results-oriented environment. A leadership style of identifying, developing, and engaging staff and fostering a culture of trust, collaboration, and empowerment.
• Experience creating a positive environment and culture of accountability and inspire people to achieve high performance.
• Demonstrated ability to consistently measure and gauge performance of programs and make course corrections, as necessary.
• Success in working with boards to resolve issues, develop consensus, and effect growth.
• Experienced in the development and administration of complex budgets and in identifying and directing outside resources to maximize their contributions to strategic results.
• Demonstrated ability to achieve timely results while gaining consensus from volunteer leaders and key constituents.
• Experience and demonstrated results in developing plans and aligning programs, policies, and operations with the strategic direction on an ongoing basis. Has experience with start-up initiatives that result in revenue generation.
• Strong relationship builder and excellent communicator with experience leading diverse work teams.
• A high degree of emotional intelligence, humility, and effective communications and interpersonal skills.
• Record of creating, building, developing and leading high-performing, diverse teams. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Master’s Degree and/or extensive experience in management related area.

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