The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is a national not-for-profit association established in 1863 which represents over 100,000 veterinarians nationwide. Its mission is to lead the profession by advocating for members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health. This member-driven organization has a number of core competencies including: serving the needs of member veterinarians; serving as the voice and advocate for the veterinary medical profession and the welfare of animals; serving as a science-based information resource for the veterinary medical profession and the public; setting and preserving professional standards; and maintaining the highest standards in association management. For more information, please view www.avma.org.
Reporting to the Assistant Executive Vice President, the Chief Economist/Division Director (CE/DD) performs functions to participate in the formulation and execution of Association policies, objectives and programs relating to the economics of the veterinary profession. They will work collaboratively with staff, volunteer leadership, members and other stakeholders to translate data and member analytics into actionable insights to drive practice profitability and performance for the profession. The CE/DD will staff economic entities and working groups; conduct benchmarking surveys and studies on veterinary economic statistics; conduct economic analysis on policies, issues and strategies; develop and help manage programs and projects consistent with the Association’s strategic goals; develop business engagements and partnerships; plan and deliver industry meetings and events; and function as a liaison with AVMA staff, volunteer leadership, membership, and stakeholder groups.
Representing the AVMA nationwide, the CE/DD collaborates with stakeholders, builds partnerships, and fosters positive and meaningful communication to advance AVMA’s mission.
Develops and administers the divisional budget including special projects/studies relating to economic issues important to the membership, volunteer leadership, and other stakeholders.
Coordinates and executes veterinary workforce surveys and reports, including the annual Economic State of the Veterinary Profession.
In conjunction with other AVMA Divisions, plans the Veterinary Business and Economic Forum.
Ensures the Veterinary Economics Division is appropriately staffed and able to manage economic research and benchmarking of the veterinary profession and broader industry.
Provides written economic policy analyses and commentaries in support of Association policy activities for staff, volunteer leadership, related entities, and stakeholder groups.
Plans, directs, supervises, and guides division activities.
Monitors markets and oversees the division’s statistical research and economic outreach efforts.
Represents the Association at meetings and other functions to explain the AVMA’s economic policies/positions and to gain knowledge about related policy issues.
Responds to inquiries concerning the Association’s economic research and policy analysis programs.
Responsible for the performance management of all staff reports including the establishment of goals and priorities; providing ongoing performance feedback; performance appraisals; hiring; and applying appropriate disciplinary actions when applicable within the policy and procedures of the Association.
Interprets, explains, and ensures compliance with Association policies, rules, and regulations
Helps to inform Association leadership of issues likely to be of future concern.
Assembles and distributes information pertinent to the staffing of governance entities and oversees management of pertinent entity and liaison activities.
Provides support to other staff throughout the AVMA on veterinary economic issues (e.g., advocacy, policy, and communications).
Implements policies and projects approved by the Board of Directors.
Analyzes reports, and prepares economic articles, policy statements and other information suitable for publication in Association journals.
Organizes, advises, and facilitates as staff support to assigned governance entities.
Maintains liaison with national organizations as well as federal and state government agencies and other related entities.
Location:While AVMA is headquartered just outside of Chicago, in Schaumburg, IL, AVMA would consider someone based anywhere in the U.S., but they must be willing to travel to HQ as needed.
Travel: 10% to conferences and events.
Compensation: Very competitive base salary with outstanding benefits package.
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Education:PhD in applied economics preferred; Masters required.
Minimum of ten years of experience in a leadership role; ability to manage a high performing ; experience in a national not-for-profit association preferred but not required.
Must have demonstrated knowledge and experience in all aspects of applied economics including statistics, labor economics, business management, consumer marketing.
Knowledge/experience with the veterinary profession and/or animal health industry a plus.
Skilled in diplomatic facilitation of consensus between multiple perspectives.
Proactive, professional, accountable and results oriented.
Must be able to distill and communicate economic data to a variety of audiences in a way that is easily understandable and practical.
Must be enthusiastic and innovative with a passion for enhancing the work of the veterinary profession.
Must possess a positive, collaborative, and inclusive leadership style and work well with staff throughout the Association as well as volunteer leadership and key stakeholders.
Familiarity with econometric and statistical software packages.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
Strong supervisory and project management skills are required.
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an office in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the veterinary profession. The AVMA provides many benefits to its members, including information resources; state and federal advocacy; opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine; continuing education opportunities; quality publications; and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 170. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $50M+ annual operating budget. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference. The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits, including generous health insurance, retirement and paid time-off plans. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable work environment where work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun! For more information, please visit www.avma.org.