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Director, CME Accreditation & Maintenance of Certification

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ACC is committed to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health through global command of lifelong education for cardiovascular caregivers.  As the leader in cardiovascular medical education, and the largest developer of cardiovascular clinical content, ACC’s goal is to become the first medical specialty association to offer cardiovascular care professionals lifelong learning opportunities through a fully integrated, outcomes-driven and competency-based curriculum for improving physician performance, competence and/or patient health outcomes.
ACC’s Lifelong Learning (LLL) Division will deliver worldwide a dynamic array of professional development opportunities plus web-based assessment and tracking tools (through learning and Fellow-in-Training portfolios) that will put management of lifelong learning at each member’s fingertips. Self-directed performance improvement, synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, and point-of-care education will address the broad needs of the cardiovascular healthcare specialist community. CardioSource, the single source online portal, will offer a wealth of web-based educational resources to build individualized continuing professional development opportunities that match each member with his/her educational needs and align those needs with the competency-based curriculum.   
The Academic Affairs Department of the Lifelong Learning Division transforms scientific, regulatory and environmental forces shaping cardiovascular healthcare into an integrated system for performance improvement and lifelong learning that enhances patient outcomes.  It is a team of strategic experts grounded in science and education inspiring and infusing lifelong learning principles into practice and patient care outcomes.  The team is comprised of four major areas: Assessments & Outcomes, Curriculum Management & Professional Development, Accreditation & Maintenance of Certification, and Quality & Educational Research.  These teams work together to drive systemic quality improvement at the practice and patient-outcomes level through education and analytics.
Function and Scope:
Provides strategic and operational oversight for the College’s accreditation and maintenance of certification (MOC) programs and processes, ensuring the College’s continuous status as an accredited provider for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nurses Education (CE), and overseeing the College’s MOC processes, standards, and services to assist members with maintaining the highest level of competence in their professional practice. Serves as the knowledge expert for all external regulatory requirements and applies and interprets that knowledge for compliance. This is a key position with direct responsibility for maintaining the College’s accreditation and MOC standards at best practice levels.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Across the College —
This individual:
• Is an expert in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) regulatory requirements, maintaining a consistent interpretation of the intent of the requirements and bringing a solution orientation to address ACC mission and operational goals.
• Has strong management skills with proven experience in evaluating and establishing new processes; a great developer of talent.
• Shows strong leadership skills, being capable of commanding respect across the College and being sought out as the “go-to” person to guide the organization to solutions that maintain our compliant operations
• Possesses superb writing skills and anticipatory skills; someone who will have strength in keeping abreast of regulatory requirement shifts and will both articulate the implications across the organization and draft the ACC responses to the regulatory changes:
- Articulation of how regulatory changes potentially may impact the College’s lifelong learning efforts
- Recommending changes to consider in the College’s lifelong learning standards based on regulatory environment
- Working with the College’s public relations and advocacy groups to develop position statements in response to regulatory change
• Demonstrates skill in management through influence, leading proactive education within the Lifelong Learning division and across the College so that staff have clarity around compliance requirements
• Maintains and establishes processes to ensure our on-going compliance as an organization
• Serves as a staff liaison to the Accreditation Committee and Education Quality Review Board (EQRB) in support of their role in monitoring and interpreting the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Medical Association (AMA), American Board of Internal Medicine and other organizations that regulate CME and MOC for physicians
• Works with Divisional leadership to craft the College’s internal strategy for CME and MOC operations and the expansion of these offerings to cardiovascular professionals.
In Accreditation
• Supervises staff of four to oversee and manage compliance of initiatives offering CME and CE, and when applicable, programs offered with or through strategic partners or other accrediting bodies relevant to the cardiovascular care team
• Ensures continuous accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and as appropriate, with other organizations that regulate physician education
• Establishes and maintains processes and procedures for tracking and reporting of required elements for all accredited programs sponsored by the College; these same elements would satisfy all reaccreditation criteria
• Oversees and leads all re-accreditation efforts and strives for accreditation with commendation across our certifications
In Maintenance of Certification
• Skilled and comfortable being the external face with specialty boards; able to articulately convey our vision, mission and successes to date
• Effective at advocating for the membership and the needs of the College in support of our membership with specialty boards
• Proven experience in developing meaningful relationships, influencing change and commanding respect from specialty boards
• Leads the development and review of MOC applications that need to move through specialty boards in an expedited fashion
• Develops and manages our Part II strategy to ensure we offer the depth and breadth of content to meet our members’ needs
• Develops and manages our Part IV strategy to ensure we offer the depth and breadth of performance improvement offering to meet the needs of our entire membership
• Develops and maintains positive relationships, collaborations, and two-way interactions with accreditation, regulatory, specialty board, and licensing bodies such as ACCME, ANCC, ABIM, etc.
Required Qualifications:
Master’s Degree or higher in Public Health, Educational Psychology, Adult Learning, Instructional Design, Biological Sciences, Pharmacology, and/or equivalent work experience
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in health professions education, preferably in continuing medical education in a medical association or membership society; individual should be a respected member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions; experience as chief compliance officer or director of accreditation at an accredited provider for a minimum of 5 years is a strong plus.
Significant understanding of adult education principals and knowledge of ACCME and AMA requirements for CME as well as ABIM requirements for MOC; familiarity with ANCC requirements for nursing CE; official CCMEP certification is a plus
Ability to prepare and manage a budget that can be expected to meet organizational objectives as well as oversee all expenditures occurring within that budget
Ability to build novel systems and processes for monitoring CME and MOC program standards
Excellence in preparing and delivering oral presentations
Excellence in preparing precise, succinct, and grammatically correct written materials; clinical writing skills is a strong plus
Strong oral communication skills necessary to lead discussions in large and complex committee meetings
Creative, flexible, and results-oriented with the ability to prioritize team efforts to use limited resources efficiently
Excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills required to work collaboratively and to lead a diverse group of stakeholders (staff, committee members, collaborators, etc.) through decision making
Ability to recognize the contributions of all team members, both internal and external, in dealings with members and collaborators
Ability to travel as needed
The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision benefits, a generous 403(b) retirement plan, excellent sick leave and vacation plans, free fitness center onsite, commuting subsidies, flexible work schedules, and more. For more information, please visit ****Company Description
The mission of the **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is to advocate for quality cardiovascular care—through education, research promotion, development and application of standards and guidelines—and to influence health care policy.

ACC was chartered and incorporated as a teaching institution in 1949, and established its headquarters, called Heart House, in Bethesda, Maryland in 1977.

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