The Director of Education and Professional Development is responsible for directing, managing and providing strategic oversight for all aspects of AES education and professional development activities. S/he will ensure that the Society's activities are consistent with the AES policies and procedures, ACCME Accreditation Criteria, ACCME Standards for Independence in CME, ACCME policies, relevant AMA policies, CMSS Code, and other applicable requirements. S/he will manage the education staff team in the development, implementation and evaluation of accredited-CME and non-CME initiatives and programs. S/he oversees the education operations to ensure cross collaboration between education activities and their relationship with other key areas of the Society including clinical practice guidelines, consensus statements, position statements and epilepsy community partnerships. S/he maintains AES’s ACCME accreditation with commendation status and provides expert guidance to the Council on Education and member planners to assure the highest quality education resources. S/he will work with the Executive Director, senior management team and other staff, member Councils and the Board to develop and implement strategies for addressing the practice and professional needs of all members.
Role and Responsibilities
Works collaboratively with the Council on Education in setting strategic direction for development of all continuing professional development activities of the Society, including CE, non-CE, live meetings, and online/digital products.
Directs activities to assure compliance with regulatory requirements, AES policies and procedures, accreditation (ACCME) criteria, standards and policies. Maintains AES’s accreditation with commendation. Oversee development and maintenance of all necessary documentation, including policy and procedure manuals, to meet accreditation, funding, and other reporting requirements.
Responsible for the all aspects pf the activities of the Education Department. Directs the effective and efficient planning, development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and activities.
Assure that the needs of all members and constituents are considered (physician, nurse, other allied health, basic scientists, and full career stage spectrum).
Work collaboratively with other senior team members as part of the annual planning and product development process to assess member needs, program viability, and development of successful business models to support educational and practice support goals.
Develop and foster a close working relationship with American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) staff leadership and serve as a primary point of contact about ABPN policies and requirements for board subspecialty certification in epilepsy, including criteria to satisfy Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
Participates as a member of the executive staff team, contributing to development of long-term strategy and annual organizational goals. Works collaboratively and cooperatively with other senior staff in membership, marketing, communications, and development as necessary to achieve organizational goals.
Provide or oversee provision of necessary content for writing and submission of grant proposals for education projects/activities.
Serves as an expert resource to other AES staff in areas related to education and evidence-based professional development initiatives.
Staff liaison to the Council on Education.
Develops annual departmental budgets. Monitors performance against budget and assures course correction as needed.
Directs and establishes priorities for staff team. Supports staff development to enhance individual and organizational capabilities
Prepares reports and recommendations for the Council on Education to the Board of Directors regarding continuing professional development activities.
Special projects as assigned.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
Master’s Degree in education, business or related healthcare field required. Additional specialty certificate/training in continuing education preferred. Minimum ten years progressive experience in medical education environment, either with healthcare association or other medical education provider, with experience contributing to departmental or organizational strategy. Minimum seven years staff management experience, experience in building and growing a team preferred.
In-dept, expert knowledge of continuing professional development standards in medical education, including ACCME accreditation with commendation requirements. Demonstrated understanding of evolving continuing professional development and credentialing requirements for physicians and experience developing programs to meet those requirements. Preference for understanding of same for nursing and other allied health. Exposure to educational needs of basic scientists and researchers a plus. Applicable knowledge regarding health policy issues, including working knowledge of quality initiatives as they relate to professional development. Demonstrated ability to translate strategic objectives of operational plans and direct execution against those plans. Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Successful track record of directing multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Highly accountable for own and direct report actions. Ability to formulate clear, concise, thorough and supportable recommendations. Exceptional interpersonal skills at all levels of the organization. Collaborative, solution-oriented team leader and colleague. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Competency in cloud-based work environment (DropBox, Basecamp, etc.) desirable. Familiarity with range of technology tools for managing disclosure, compliance, faculty and abstract management desirable.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About American Epilepsy Society
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in the country. The mission of AES is to advance research and education for professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy. The Society promotes interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy. With a membership of more than 4,300 AES represents clinicians, scientists investigating basic and clinical aspects of epilepsy, and other professionals interested in epilepsy, seizures and related disorders. Members represent both pediatric and adult aspects of epilepsy.
AES is located in downtown Chicago, has a staff of 21 with an operating budget of $8.6M.