The Assistant Director, Quality and Research Programs is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of the Society’s programs in the areas of Quality Care and Research in Surgical Oncology. The Assistant Director liaisons with the volunteer leadership to ensure evidenced-based policy and processes are utilized in planning, implementing, and evaluating Quality initiatives both within the SSO and in collaboration with external organizations. The Assistant Director also supports the activities of the Society’s surgical oncology research initiatives, including the administration and management of the Society’s Research Programs/Awards and organizational partnerships with external research stakeholders.
The Assistant Director works with other SSO committees and staff around the development of scientific programming, education and communication marketing efforts related to the Society’s Quality and Research activities. The Assistant Director serves as primary staff liaison to SSO’s Quality and Research Committees.
Quality Initiatives Responsibilities:
Supports the SSO’s strategic goals as it relates to quality care in surgical oncology including:
Collaborates with Quality Committee and Disease Site Work Groups (DSWG) to develop and/or review for endorsement quality measures, i.e., consensus statements, expert opinion pieces, appropriate care criteria, coverage policies and performance measures in surgical oncology. When applicable, directs the provision of evidence-analysis, evidence-based training, literature searches and article retrieval for the Society.
Advises volunteer leadership and the Senior Director, Education and Quality to ensure SSO Quality initiatives are developed and implemented using IOM Quality Standards.
Establishes collaborative, productive relationships with various quality stakeholders to leverage SSO’s visibility and overall effectiveness.
Oversees the appointment of SSO member representatives to external organizations for quality initiatives, ensuring reporting of issues and initiatives are communicated to the CEO, Executive Leadership, and the Executive Council.
Oversees collaborations with multidisciplinary cancer organizations on consensus statements, expert opinion pieces, appropriate care criteria, coverage policies and performance measures development (ASCO, CoC, ASTRO, etc).
Leads the SSO Quality Committee and Disease Site Work Groups (DSWGs) in the administration and development of the Society’s Quality initiatives including:
Develops business plans for new Quality activities as set by the SSO strategic plan and/or directed by the Society’s Executive Council.
Establishes, reviews and updates as necessary standardized criteria and processes for SSO development and/or endorsement of quality measures.
Develops and manages all aspects of budgets for Quality Committee and projects.
Collaborates with Quality Committee and DSWGs to develop SSO programming to educate surgical oncologists on the Society’s Quality initiatives and on quality-related matters important to surgical oncology.
Collaborates with SSO’s Senior Director, Marketing Strategy and Brand Management to ensure communication of SSO Quality initiatives to its members and other stakeholders.
Research Initiatives Responsibilities:
Supports the SSO’s strategic goals as it relates to the field of surgical oncology research including:
Advises the Senior Director Education and Quality and SSO Research Committee on the latest developments in the field of surgical oncology research.
Explores opportunities to cultivate and/or expand the role of the surgical oncology researcher.
Establishes collaborative, productive relationships with various research stakeholders, including but not limited to the National Cancer Institute, Alliance/American College of Surgeons Cancer Research Program, and the American Association for Cancer Research, to leverage SSO’s visibility and overall effectiveness.
Oversees the appointment of SSO member representatives to external organizations for research initiatives, ensuring reporting of issues and initiatives are communicated to the CEO, Executive Leadership, and the Executive Council.
Leads the SSO Research Committee in the administration and development of the Society’s Research Awards Funding Program including:
Facilitates the Committee’s review of research proposals / applications and the evaluation of the potential of proposed projects to impact the field of surgical oncology research as well as the selection of the recommended awardees for all award types.
Works with the Committee and SSO’s Director of Donor Relations to identify possible funding sources for new basic and translational research awards.
Supports the Committee in establishing and improving new and continuing award criteria.
Supports the Committee’s reviews of SSO member research survey requests for approval and development of recommendation to the Executive Committee; oversees distribution of approved surveys to Society’s membership.
Collaborates with Research Committee to develop SSO educational programming relative to conducting research in surgical oncology.
Collaborates with Senior Director, Marketing Strategy and Brand Management to ensure SSO communication of SSO Research-related initiatives to its members and other stakeholders
What we offer:
Collaborative work environment that values hard work and creative thinking.
Support for professional development.
Competitive salary with great benefits including health insurance, dental benefits, vision insurance, 401K, and PTO. In addition, the SSO offices are closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Flex hours, casual dress code, and ability to telecommute one day per week after three months of employment.
Free in-building workout facility.
Conveniently located near I-294, I-90 and I-190, and easily accessible from the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station. Complimentary shuttle from the station to the building during rush hour.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree and/or appropriate certification, such as MPH, Health Policy, Public Administration a plus.
Minimum of 7 years’ experience in medical/surgical or healthcare association management with demonstrated experience leading, managing and supervising staff.
Experience working with volunteer leaders and members.
Demonstrated experience in managing quality and research initiatives, evidenced-based projects, and member committee management.
Demonstrated skill in budget management and financial analysis.
Excellent people management, interpersonal and leadership skills.
Ability to work effectively with wide range of organizations in a diverse community.
Strong project management skills and ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to function at a strategic and tactical level.
High level of business acumen and integrity.
Extremely organized, a self-starter, agile facilitator and a resourceful team player.
Effective communicator, strong oral and written communication skills.
Some travel required.
About The Society of Surgical Oncology
The Society of Surgical Oncology is the premier organization for surgeons and health care providers dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of cancer. The Society’s mission is to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of surgical oncology worldwide. The Society's focus on all solid-tumor disease sites is reflected in its International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care, monthly scientific journal (Annals of Surgical Oncology), educational initiatives, and committee structure. SSO has an international membership of 3,000 professionals. SSO is located in Rosemont, close to Chicago O'Hare Airport, near River Road.