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Chief Executive Officer

American Association of Immunologists
Rockville, MD

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) is an association of professionally trained scientists from all over the world dedicated to advancing the knowledge of immunology and its related disciplines, fostering the interchange of ideas and information among investigators, and addressing the potential integration of immunologic principles into clinical practice. The association serves its members by providing a center for the dissemination of information relevant to the field and its practices, organizing and sponsoring educational and professional opportunities, planning and presenting scientific meetings, addressing membership-derived issues and opinions, and responding to important funding and policy challenges. AAI owns and publishes The Journal of Immunology, the largest and most highly cited journal in the field, as well as ImmunoHorizons, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the science of immunology. AAI is committed to taking on the challenge of becoming more “public facing,” with the goal of being an authoritative resource to provide evidenced-based information and dispel myths and misconceptions around the science of immunology.

The Opportunity
AAI seeks a CEO to lead and direct the association, ensuring a positive, team-based, goal-oriented culture. The CEO is the face of the association to the membership and public and is responsible for the overall successful operation and fiscal integrity of AAI through demonstrated ethical leadership and management. Reporting to and working closely with the elected members of the AAI Council, the CEO oversees an annual budget of approximately $12 million and net assets of over $65 million. The CEO works with the Council to set priorities and has the responsibility to lead AAI’s mission and vision, create and implement strategic plans, and identify and execute actions to meet objectives. The CEO shall act as the spokesperson for AAI to other societies, organizations, government entities, businesses, and the public.

Skills, Experience, and Qualifications
❚ Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
❚ Seven or more years of experience as an executive leader/senior management of an association or nonprofit.
❚ Experience within life sciences/immunology preferred.
❚ Knowledge and experience with scientific journals and publishing preferred.
❚ Passionate and dedicated advocate for science.
❚ Understanding of the biomedical research process and an interest in public advocacy for biomedical research
❚ Experience managing transitions and leading an organization through culture change.
❚ Strong motivational and staff leadership abilities with a high level of sensitivity and emotional intelligence

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