Virginia Dental Association

Executive Nonprofit Opportunity: Details





Virginia Dental Association

Richmond, VA

Executive Director

The VDA is a tripartite membership association whose members also belong to the American Dental Association (ADA) and one of the VDA’s eight local component societies/associations. The VDA serves its members by facilitating advocacy and information exchange, by providing extensive resources for all career stages, and by fostering a strong sense of community.

The association functions as a sounding board for its members, a source for industry and market information, and as a coordinating and decision-making body for dealing with industry issues. The VDA helps develop, update, and maintain dental practice standards and works closely with the American Dental Association, the Virginia Board of Dentistry, as well as the Virginia General Assembly, the Governor of Virginia, the US Congress, and regulatory agencies to advocate policies that affect the livelihood of the dental profession and the patients who are served.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for directing the operational activities of the association and supporting strategic and financial goals. The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors to develop a strategic business plan, which is approved by the Board, while managing the day to day operations of the association. This includes planning, budget development and management, development of programs and events, and building and maintaining relationships that are key to VDA members, as well as having a vision for the near, medium and distant future, and to best position the VDA for this future. Performance will be highly weighted on adding membership value, establishing positive “personality” to the association and fostering a collaborative work environment with all staff.

We seek a proven executive-level leader whose career in a comparable business enterprise has been noted by their ability to chart a path forward with exceptional communication skills and servant leadership style. This person must exhibit success in collaborating with and convening diverse stakeholders sharing common interests and values so that the tactics and strategic goals of the organization are pursued in a collegial, transparent and highly participatory manner. Direct experience in dentistry is not required, though general knowledge of the industry would be highly advantageous.

The successful candidate will have a proven record in building strategic advocacy and outreach efforts on behalf of an organization or association; a creative approach to marketing and branding, and a comfort level being the face of the organization. We seek a leader who can develop and support a team of professional employees through effective delegation, professional development and confident decision making. The qualified candidate will possess a high level of business and financial acumen.

This person should demonstrate an ability to both raise the profile of the VDA and to support the best interests of members. Experience working with stakeholders to build new business relationships, collaborative partnerships and expanded membership is highly desired. Along with these skills, some of the important personal attributes we seek include integrity, energy, trust, authenticity, strategic problem-solving, and a proactive and collaborative approach.

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. An advanced degree is preferred. Demonstration of continuing professional education, accreditation in a professional field and/or board leadership at a local, state or national professional or trade association would be highly desirable.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please click on the Apply Now link below; then Executive Director, Virginia Dental Association.

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