Chief Executive Officer

Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The American College Health Association, a non-profit professional organization that serves and represents the interests of those working in the field of college health and its student consumers, is seeking a Chief Executive Officer for its national office in Silver Spring, Maryland.

POSITION OBJECTIVE: Reporting to the Board of Directors, this position serves as the chief executive of the Association and its national office. The CEO is responsible for all activities of the Association in furtherance of its chartered purpose, organizational mission statement, and strategic plan. In addition, this position fulfills all duties and responsibilities in a manner that both sustains the Association’s vision and its core values, including social justice, human dignity, and respect for all. The CEO also serves as the Executive Director of the American College Health Foundation.


DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND AUTHORITY: With the administrative discretion and authority consistent with leading a large non-profit professional association, the CEO is responsible for ensuring that all Association business is conducted in accordance with Association bylaws, policies, and procedures as set forth by the Assembly of Representatives and the Board of Directors. In addition, the CEO is responsible for developing and maintaining effective internal and external relationships with staff, membership, volunteer leaders, other stakeholder organizations, and the federal government to advance the Association’s principal goals and objectives in advocacy, education, and research. The CEO represents the Association to business and governmental entities, as well as with health care, public health, and higher education associations.


Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Hire, lead, support, and evaluate the national office staff of the Association.
  2. With the approval of the Board of Directors, establish an organizational structure and implement personnel policies for the national office staff.
  3. Advance a respectful and healthy environment for a diverse work force and association membership.
  4. Provide and/or support the provision of high-quality education for members, college health professionals, and other stakeholders.
  5. Provide and/or support the conduct and dissemination of relevant research, assessment, evaluation, and evidence-informed knowledge on issues and topic areas affecting college health.
  6. Oversee planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Association’s new membership model.
  7. Provide and support effective advocacy in the interest of advancing college health, staying abreast of what is happening nationally, so that the Association can respond quickly.
  8. Work closely with national professional partner organizations (including ACE, NASPA, AUCCCD, and others) and key federal agencies (including CDC, NIH, and others) to further the health and well-being of college students and college communities.
  9. Provide guidance, oversight, and maintenance of the ACHA Connected College Health Network (Data Warehouse).
  10. Establish, review, and update all policies of the Association with approval of the Board of Directors and in accordance with the bylaws of the Association.
  11. Manage the financial affairs of the Association within the approved budget and in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices and the ACHA financial policies.
  12. In consultation with the Treasurer, work with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to develop and recommend an annual operating budget.
  13. Serve as an agent of the Association in negotiations for services and contracts. Execute contracts and commitments as may be authorized by the Board of Directors and in accordance with ACHA financial policies.
  14. Oversee the maintenance and security of the property, equipment, and furnishings of the Association.
  15. Provide oversight of the American College Health Foundation (ACHF) finances, in consultation with Foundation Board of Directors.
  16. Oversee the Association’s operational revenue development activities, including fundraising, grant applications, project management, and identifying additional sources of revenue. Assist the Foundation in planning, organizing and implementing long-term/strategic revenue development activities.
  17. Serve as an ex officio member, without vote, of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and all other committees of the Association. Serves as n ex officio member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.
  18. Regularly inform the Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors regarding the financial and programmatic status of the Association.
  19. Provide appropriate staff support for Association committees, coalitions, and task forces.
  20. Review the Association bylaws and policies and advise the Bylaws Committee and the Board of Directors on appropriate revisions.
  21. Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.



Minimum qualifications for the position include: 

  • Master’s Degree in business administration, higher education administration, health administration, public health, or a related field.
  • Eight to ten years of progressive administrative and supervisory experience.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming organization.


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Leadership experience in college health, public health, or young adult health care.
  • Leadership experience in a national non-profit membership association.
  • Finance experience in a national or a large regional organization.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Experience overseeing big data projects.




You will need to submit a Cover Letter, Resume or CV, and three professional references. In your cover letter, please include how you have grounded social justice and DEI work in your leadership. To apply, please use this link.


The American College Health Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to developing a culturally diverse organization and workplace. ACHA policy prohibits discrimination based on age; gender identity, including transgender; marital status; physical size; psychological/physical/learning disability; race/ethnicity; religious, spiritual, or cultural identity; sex; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; or veteran status. Our hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and our business needs.



Questions about the position or the process? Contact the CEO Search Co-Chairs, Darren Aaron and Katrin Wesner-Harts at

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