The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is seeking a highly motivated, self-disciplined, and inspirational leader. The WMS is the only non-profit 501(c) 3 membership organization advancing healthcare, research, and education related to wilderness medicine. Established in 1983, the WMS is currently the international authority on wilderness medicine education, including CME programs, medical school rotations, outdoor programs and the creation of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. The Society holds 2 to 3 conferences annually gathering members and non-members to learn, network, and collaborate on their passion of wilderness medicine. In addition, the WMS publishes the Wilderness and Environmental Journal, Wilderness Medicine (WM) magazine, and Wilderness Medical Society: Practice Guidelines for Emergency Care and the WMS Educational Lecture Series.
The Chief Executive Officer is the key management leader of the Wilderness Medical Society. The CEO is responsible for overseeing the mission, governance of the society, financial performance and viability, operations, administration, programs and strategic plan of the society. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors.
1. Leading the society in a manner that supports and guides the organizations's mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
2. Oversee and organize Board Meetings. Report to, and work closely with, the Board of Directors in policy decisions, fundraising, and to increase the overall visibility of the WMS. Communicate effectively with the Board and provide, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions. This includes evaluating the performance of individual Board and staff members.
3. Organize the 1,3 and 5-year strategic plan as a guide to the decisions of the WMS to successfully fulfill its mission to the future. This includes establishing and maintaining relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance WMS's mission.
4. Serve as the WMS's primary spokesperson to the organization's constituents, the media, and the general public. This includes the enhancement of WMS's image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with professional, civic and private organizations.
5. Drafting and executing all notes, agreements, contracts, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.
MBA or equivalent, along with a minimum of 3 years senior nonprofit management experience is preferred. Other highly qualified candidate backgrounds and experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Strong budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
Strong organizational abilities including p alining, delegating, program development and task facilitation
Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the non-profit sector
Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
Strong written and oral communication skills
Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff and contractors
Candidate will be available by phone and e-mail to Board of Directors, members, the public and all other interested parties during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except recognized holidays and approved vacation days.
Candidate will be available by telephone to the WMS President and Executive Committee on an on-call basis: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding Holidays and Vacation Days.
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Quality benefits package include health and PTO.
Founded in 1983, the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is the world's leading organization devoted to wilderness medical challenges. Wilderness medicine topics include expedition and disaster medicine, dive medicine, search and rescue, altitude illness, cold- and heat-related illness, wilderness trauma, and wild animal attacks. WMS explores health risks and safety issues in extreme situations such ...as mountains, jungles, deserts, caves, marine environments, and space.
Society members have a long-standing commitment to education and research. WMS sponsors accredited continuing medical education conferences that combine exceptional educational presentations with a variety of hands-on workshops. The Society publishes a peer-reviewed medical journal, a quarterly newsletter, educational presentation series on wilderness medicine topics consisting of slides and a text, and practice guidelines for wilderness emergency care. Each year the Society awards research grants, advancing academic careers and expanding the knowledge and understanding of wilderness medical issues. WMS also fosters Student Interest Groups (SIGs) on seventy-one medical school campuses.
In addition to practicing, investigating, and teaching wilderness medicine, WMS members share a sense of adventure—from exploring deserts to climbing mountains, from scuba diving to white-water rafting, from skiing to windsurfing, from adventure travel to volunteer-relief work. The Society's members love the outdoors, have deep respect for the environment and our precious natural resources, and actively support an Environmental Council.
WMS is a 501(c)3 organization, designating it a charity for public good with a responsibility to educate and serve the public, and indicating that donations are tax deductible. To fund the unique WMS programs and publications, the Society relies on members (new and renewing), fundraising events, and charitable gifts and donations. Only with member and public support, can WMS continue to meet the Society's responsibilities and serve the world beyond its membership.