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Executive Director-Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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SmithBucklin is seeking an executive director to be located in our Washington, DC office to serve our association management client organization, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

 The CAATE is the sole organization within the athletic training profession that is responsible for quality assurance in education via programmatic accreditation services. The CAATE is a recognized programmatic accrediting organization by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In accordance with their CHEA scope of recognition, the CAATE accredits professional programs at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels and post-professional degree programs at the master’s and doctoral degree levels and non-degree residency programs in specialty areas of athletic training in the United States and internationally. The CAATE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization


 CAATE Mission: Serving the public and profession by establishing and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards that facilitate quality outcomes, continuous improvement, innovation and diversity to enhance athletic training education.

 CAATE Vision: Advancing clinical practice and improving health care outcomes through promotion of excellence in athletic training education.


 We are seeking an executive director capable of providing the CAATE with strategic leadership to achieve aspirational goals, inspire innovation and to be accountable for operational excellence. This requires a leader that is committed to be:

  • Fully immersed and invested as an organization leader treating CAATE like a business owner and entrepreneur
  • A student of the athletic training profession—passionately engaged in the advancing the professional community and proactively addressing emerging issues and challenges that require strong advocacy, continuous improvement in educational standards and compliance, and demonstrating the importance and value of academic program accreditation
  • Proactive and innovative in driving progress and change, enabling the organization to be flexible and nimble in a profession and an business model undergoing change
  • A relationship builder, capable of leveraging the collective power of the CAATE staff, volunteers and athletic training education stakeholders
  • A collaborator and consensus builder, capable of bringing together various segments of stakeholders to foster quality assurance, improvement and innovation in athletic training education

 Partnering with the CAATE Board of Commissioners, the executive director has overall responsibility for strategic leadership, accreditation service program planning and execution, staff resource design and operations, and the financial and general business management functions of the organization.  The individual selected for this role will engage the appropriate resources to support CAATE’s portfolio of products and services, and direct the work of a matrix CAATE team of experienced and talented functional specialists at SmithBucklin.

 The CAATE executive director is directly accountable to the Board of Commissioners for achievement of outcomes, mission impact, volunteer strength and service delivery. The executive director will work interdependently to execute their responsibilities within the framework of board policies and standards, and aligned with SmithBucklin client stewardship principles and operating guidelines as the association management company serving the CAATE.  Success is measured by achievement of client-defined results and client-evaluated satisfaction measures, consistently demonstrating required executive competencies, and adherence to SmithBucklin Chosen Values. Internally, the CAATE executive director is part of a large SmithBucklin community of peer not-for-profit and association executives.

 SmithBucklin is a client-centric organization and this position is embedded within CAATE’s own culture, values and behaviors. Client organization work environments vary but are all dynamic and volunteer-driven. SmithBucklin’s work style is collaborative, with teams organized both hierarchically and matrixed.  Work activity for this role is self-managed. High pressure situations characterized by both changing expectations and multiple priorities are frequently encountered. Some travel is required.



  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in leadership and/or management roles
  • Experience as senior-level executive, COO, Chief of Staff or the top P&L leader, ideally within a not-for-profit or professional society/association environment
  • Capable of shaping vision and implementing an ambitious strategic plan
  • A business-minded person, with profit and loss and budgetary experience
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of his/her organization, his/her professional community and cultivating a continuous learning culture
  • Knowledge and experience expanding awareness and communicating value of programs or professional standards through outreach, marketing and public relations
  • Is recognized as a collaborator and someone who effectively builds and enhances relationships.
  • Communication skills to effectively cultivate and maintain engagement with higher education program stakeholders and volunteers
  • An inspirational leader, with a history of leading a staff and managing their professional growth and development
  • Effective presentation and public speaking skills are required
  • Proficiency with basic computer software, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential is preferred


Board Measures of Organizational Success:

  • Ensuring CAATE’s long term sustainability and organizational excellence in providing accreditation services
  • Continuous improvement of standards for quality assurance and innovation in the athletic training education
  • Advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion within the CAATE community and athletic training education programs
  • Growth of CAATE accredited residency and fellowship programs
  • Recognition of the profession and the value of accredited athletic training educational programs


Where Do You Fit?

 Serving as the chief staff executive of the CAATE, leading a headquarters team comprised of talented association management professionals and event industry experts, along with SmithBucklin’s unprecedented resources and 70 years of association industry leadership, you will experience a vital culture of accountability, collaboration and inclusion. By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will be part of a large community of passionate and committed professionals, and will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships and have the flexibility and agility required to adapt your staffing model to CAATE’s evolving strategic priorities and objectives.

 SmithBucklin is the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Our mission is to achieve the missions of the client organizations we serve. We serve trade associations, professional societies, technology communities, charitable organizations, and corporations. SmithBucklin is 100 percent employee-owned. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin has offices in ChicagoWashington, D.C., Old Lyme, Connecticut, St. Louis, Missouri, and San Ramon, California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

 At SmithBucklin, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.


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