As part of the Workforce Optimization Program, AANA has launched a Shared Interest Group (SIG) Project. AANA SIGs are member-driven to offer members greater opportunity for networking, idea exchange, and resource sharing and development. The role of the SIG Specialist is to build on the work of the pilot SIG and facilitate the SIG work, refine the SIG framework and value proposition, enhance member SIG engagement, and launch new SIGs around topic areas relevant to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The SIG Specialist actively collaborates with other divisions. The ideal candidate has an entrepreneurial mindset, strong communication skills, is flexible, driven, innovative, highly organized, and eager to take on new challenges. The SIG Specialist directly interacts with AANA members and must be able to work with different types of members and be comfortable with facilitating discussions around the development of new activities and resources, deadlines, and overall member needs. This position is part of a 3-year grant (FY19-21) with the possibility, upon evaluation of project success and need, of continuation. All staff are expected to foster a workplace culture that promotes divergent thinking, openness, respect, trust and the desire to be epic.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
SIG Facilitation: Provide ongoing SIG management, including facilitating volunteer member activities, preparing conference call agendas and minutes, coordinating meeting materials, authoring web pages, organizing documents in a SIG portal, and facilitating communications via AANAConnect, AANA NewsBulletin, Anesthesia E-ssential, various social media channels and other modes of communication. Coordinate year-round SIG activities by collaborating with SIG members and AANA Divisions (e.g., Marketing and Communications, Professional Development, Member Engagement).
New SIG Roll-Out: Plan for the launch of new SIGs around relevant topic areas. Develop, coordinate and work with SIG steering committees, subject matter experts, and AANA staff to evaluate SIG focus, identify strategies for greater member engagement to join the SIG, and initiate SIG launch. Identify and communicate value added services offered through SIG membership. Participate in the development and implementation of strategic short and long-term planning for the SIGs.
SIG Evaluation: Conduct regular evaluation of the SIG structure and management and develop internal policies and resources to support participation and the growth of the overall program. Refine the AANA SIG Handbook as needed based on continued SIG evaluation.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
Experience: • Minimum of three years of related work experience. Previous experience within marketing, healthcare, policy or research fields preferred. • Experience with coordinating and facilitating the work of shared interest groups, volunteer committees, task forces, and work teams. • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills, including the ability to efficiently plan, organize, and manage projects. • Integration of various communication channels, including written, social media, video, podcasts, etc. to promote resources and content.
Education/Certification/Licenses: • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, management, public health, health policy, or another related field. • Master’s degree or CAE certification preferred, but not required.
Qualifications & Other Skills: • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, to clearly and concisely communicate with all levels of the association and externally. • Flexibility with a changing work environment and ability to effectively prioritize multiple ongoing projects. • Versatile self-starter with initiative, reliability, and resourcefulness; able to offer constructive ideas and apply practical expertise to contribute to the overall goals of the association. • Superior customer services skills; ability to cultivate and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, volunteers, vendors, and organizations. • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office programs (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint). • Ability to think innovatively and strategically. • Strong attention to detail. • Strong work ethic.
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing more than 44,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student nurse anesthetists nationwide. CRNAs are advanced practice nurses who are the hands-on providers of approximately 32 million anesthetics given in the United States each year. They administer every type of anesthetic, work in every type of practice setting, and provide care for every type of surgery or procedure, from open heart to cataract to pain management.
The AANA promulgates education and practice standards/guidelines and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice.