The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is a tripartite membership association whose members also belong to the American Dental Association (ADA) and one of the MDS’s fourteen local District societies. The MDS serves its members by facilitating advocacy and information exchange, providing extensive resources for all career stages, and fostering a strong sense of community. The association also functions as a sounding board for its members, a source for industry and market information, and a coordinating and decision-making body for dealing with industry issues.
We seek a proven executive-level leader whose career in a trade association or comparable business enterprise has been noted by their ability to chart a path forward with exceptional communication skills and an empathetic 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 and innovative 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 positively raise the profile of the MDS 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, a sense of humor, authenticity, fun, and a proactive and collaborative approach.
An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. An advanced business 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 (a CAE designation is highly valued).