Senior Manager, International Affairs

American College of Surgeons
  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description

About the American College of Surgeons 

The American College of Surgeons is a professional and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

Summary: This position is responsible for providing senior management level experience and support for international affairs including development and implementation of a strategic plan for international activities that enhances the care of the surgical patient globally. This includes international membership growth and engagement, effective interaction with relevant stakeholders (internal and external), bidirectional flow of knowledge, expertise, and support, and distribution of ACS quality and educational programs and products to support international surgeons and their patients.

This Level position will report to the Director in the Division of Member Services.

Primary Responsibilities: 

• Strategic Planning - Develop a strategic plan to increase international membership growth and to expose and engage current international members to ACS quality and educational programs and products.

• Collaboration - Develop bidirectional relationships with all areas of the College to conduct an inventory of current programs and products suitable for the international market. Identify, modify, or create new products and programs to support the international market. Develop a framework for collaboration and assess local needs to best match ACS programs and product to country needs.

• Recruitment and Retention - Through member surveys, demographic analyses, and outreach to existing members, identify and develop strategies and collaborative approaches to implement new initiatives around member recruitment with a focus on the most populous countries, and large countries in Africa and Central/Eastern Europe.

• Committee Participation - Actively participate in and represent international affairs within the existing international College structures. This includes participating in the deliberations of the International Relations Committee, Chapter Activities International Workgroup, International Board of Governors, International Chapters, Operation Giving Back, and committees within the Quality area (Trauma, Cancer, etc.) that are working internationally to represent the needs of international members. Staff the internal workgroup of staff liaisons that support international activities across the organization.

• Manage communications with international members including development of content for the website, oversight of the ACS Community, development of an e-newsletter, and engagement activities; including activities at the Clinical Congress.

• Other duties as assigned. 


Required Education and/or Experience: 

• Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university required; Master's degree preferred.

• At least 7 years of experience in management of international programs and/or members required.

• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) necessary to effectively interact with all levels of organization. 

• Capable of providing excellent customer service.

• Attention to detail and organizational skills.

• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Internet skills. 

• Display high level of energy and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

• Ability to plan and prioritize workload and meet deadlines.

• Ability to establish strong working relationships with all division teams and management. 


Supervisory Responsibilities: Required to assign and manage the work of others to accurate completion.

Fiscal Management: This position is required to develop and to manage, the project or program budget.

Physical/Work Environment: Fast paced with significant people interaction. No lifting over 20 pounds, minimal reaching bending and stooping. Performs work in a normal office environment with long hours in front of the computer. 

Other Necessary Requirements: Evening or weekend duties may be required. Moderate travel for activities such as out of town meetings is required.

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