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Job: Executive Director

This posting is now closed. We are reviewing resume submissions and reaching out to candidates throughout the month of March 2021.

The Society for Participatory Medicine (SPM) just finished its 10th year as the leading voice for the collaboration between patients, caregivers and health care professionals to help fix our broken health care system. The Society is made up of diverse healthcare stakeholders  who are passionate about discussing the challenges in healthcare today, driving the conversation, and changing policy to improve the lives of those who interact with health care. Read our SPM Manifesto to learn more about what we believe.

SPM is undergoing significant change, having recently refreshed our mission and vision statements. It has since developed a new strategy that has begun to be implemented. The Society is seeking an Executive Director who can refine this strategy and execute to lead our organization through the next stage of growth.

The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of our organization, ensuring that we are operating efficiently and effectively to meet business goals.

In this role, you will report  directly to the Board of Directors chairperson and will work closely and collaborate with the Board of Directors, members, and key constituents to ensure all are aligned with SPM’s mission and vision and that we are working together to successfully achieve strategic objectives.

We are in search of an Executive Director who is aligned with our culture and will continue to enhance it through positive leadership and the leveraging of members to achieve impact for this most important cause. As the Executive Director, you will be measured on your ability to help launch and maintain initiatives, to raise funds, to establish new corporate relationships, and to grow membership.

What you will do:

  • Refine and help implement strategic plans that meet goals and objectives created in partnership with the Board of Directors and other members
  • Work closely with the board of directors and other members to provide leadership, execute on the strategy, and drive impact
  • Identify a sustainable revenue model and a fundraising strategy
  • Raise funds to support and enhance the mission of spreading the practice of participatory medicine working closely with our Chief Advocacy Officer and other members of the board
  • Ensure commitment to and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations across the organization
  • Contribute to building a culture of transparency and communication throughout the organization
  • In addition to the CAO, develop positive relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external), major donors (individuals, corporations and foundations)
  • Proactively raise and address challenges in the internal and external environment to ensure the ongoing success and viability of the organization. We are looking for someone who is honest and tells it like it is.
  • Ensure organization is in compliance with all state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Understand and forge relationships with associations who have complementary missions


Required Skills: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, healthcare, nonprofit management, or related field preferred
  • Previous experience in a leadership or management role (fundraising, operations, strategy or marketing). Prior experience as a non-profit association ED preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful strategic plans
  • Strong aptitude for verbal and written communication, presentation, time-management, and relationship development
  • Budget development and management
  • Knowledge of best practices in non-profit association management and governance. Preference for non-profit association experience
  • Project management orientation with a strong desire to act
  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Grant writing skills
  • Experience in the healthcare field is preferred
  • Candidate must be able to work virtually
  • Amazing sense of humor and patience – it’s a non-profit board after all!
  • Ability to work with and motivate a diverse and varied volunteer board


Deliverables for first 3 months

  • A plan for first 6 months including expected outcomes and prioritization
  • Articulate potential impact on fundraising, initiative launches, member growth
  • Ready the org to raise funds
  • Identify what will be funded – what are we raising funds to achieve?
  • Draft value prop for SPM for use in sponsorship discussions
  •  Build sponsor presentation


The position is offered with a starting salary of $60,000. We’re open to creative work arrangements. This is a virtual, work-from-home position. US-candidates only, please.

This posting is now closed. We are reviewing resume submissions and reaching out to candidates throughout the month of March 2021.

The Society for Participatory Medicine is an Equal Opportunity Employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, citizenship, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, and any other protected status. This policy of nondiscrimination applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, advancement, promotion, demotion, transfer, selection for lay-off, termination, compensation, and benefits. We comply with all laws prohibiting discrimination.