The Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) is the second largest county medical society in the United States, with more than 7,500 physicians and medical student members. The DCMS mission is to promote public health, advocate for physicians and their relationship with patients, while upholding professionalism in the practice of medicine. DCMS membership, leadership, and staff work to fulfill a vision of a “healthy community.” Since 1876, DCMS has been an integral part of the Dallas County health care community.
Advocacy for physicians and patients is DCMS’ top priority. The Society is strongly linked to the statewide advocacy efforts of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), and to public health advocacy on a local basis. DCMS maintains an active legislative and socioeconomic agenda that places member physicians in positions of influence with elected officials, regulators, public health officials, and the media. DCMS has an influential political action committee, DCMS HealthPAC that focuses primarily on County Commissioner Court and local judicial races. DCMS coordinates with TMA’s TEXPAC on all state legislature races.
The prestigious Dallas Medical Journal, published monthly, is the official publication of the Dallas County Medical Society. For more than 100 years, it has been “the pulse” to Dallas’ health care news, providing members with items of interest regarding the practice of medicine and DCMS member services.
DCMS, a recognized and respected leader across the North Texas area, works closely with other area professional associations, including the DFW Hospital Council, the nation’s largest such council with over 85-member hospitals. DCMS leaders meet regularly with the health system CEOs and attempt to foster a healthy relationship with these very large, competitive health care systems. DCMS leaders accomplish this in numerous ways, but primarily through its board of trustees’ position in Dallas Medical Resources. The DCMS president and the EVP/CEO are voting members of the DMR Board. The EVP/CEO is a member of the DMR Executive Committee.
DCMS has a wide variety of member benefits, events, and opportunities for physicians and their families to enjoy fellowship. The major departments at DCMS are Membership, Marketing/Communications, and Business of Medicine/Advocacy. The staff in these departments work closely with their TMA counterparts to bring the major initiatives to life on a local level. DCMS staff support a delegation of approximately 65 physicians to the TMA House of Delegates. DCMS staff are responsible for coordinating election campaigns for Dallas physicians running for elected offices at the TMA, as well as helping nominate physicians for appointed positions on TMA Councils and Committees.
DCMS owns its 10,000 square foot headquarters building on two acres in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, just south of downtown Dallas. DCMS has 11 staff members and an annual budget of approximately $2M.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Health Services Administration or similar; Master’s Degree or other advanced degree preferred.
7-10 years’ experience working at the senior staff level with physicians and volunteer Boards in any health care setting.
Demonstrated strategic leadership/visioning.
Ability to navigate opposing positions in a non-partisan way, with professionalism, diplomacy, and tact.
Understanding of current health care issues on the county, state, and national levels.
Experience with or solid knowledge of Dallas/Texas politics and public health emergency responses.
At least 5 years’ experience successfully managing and motivating a high-performing staff team.
Experience with major association businesses, such as event planning, journal publication, and membership recruitment and retention, among others.
Experience organizing and leading grass roots initiatives.
Proven ability in financial management, including budgeting, business oversight, audit processes, and investment tracking.
Success in applying and leveraging technology and technological innovation for the betterment of the organization.
Proven track record in building alliances, collaborations and consensus, preferably at a community-wide level; skilled in negotiation.
A demonstrated passion for health care and working in support of physicians and patient care; a commitment to community service and the common good.
A servant leader who can work for and with physicians effectively, and can motivate staff to achieve the leadership’s directives; a team player and a team leader who can build consensus.
A sense of professionalism and confidence that facilitates relationship building; able to inspire respect and represent the organization with integrity.
Superior interpersonal skills; an empathetic, listening learner.
Solid verbal and written communication skills.
Capacity to manage change effectively; ability to establish a sense of common direction and vision.
A supportive and trusting management style; ability to clearly communicate expectations, mentor staff, but also require accountability.
Clear understanding of roles and distinct responsibilities of the Board and staff; solid knowledge of governance issues.
Desire and ability to grow and improve an organization in transition; a sense of curiosity that always seeks new ways to improve, help, and grow.
Review of resumes will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2019. Those interested in applying should prepare a confidential resume and a cover letter outlining specific qualifications to: