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Chief Executive Officer

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American Health Information Management Association® (AHIMA®)
Chicago, Illinois, United States (remote)
15 days ago
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Chief Executive Officer

Company Background/Culture

The American Health Information Management Association® (AHIMA®) is a global nonprofit association of health information (HI) professionals with more than 63,000 members and more than 100,000 credentialed individuals in the field. The AHIMA mission of empowering people to impact health® drives our members and credentialed HI professionals to ensure that health information is accurate, complete, and available to patients, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders. Their leaders work at the intersection of healthcare, technology, and business and are found in data integrity and information privacy job functions worldwide.

AHIMA is the “umbrella” 501(c)(6) organization. Additional components include the following:

  • The AHIMA Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization for fund-raising and scholarships; the AHIMA Foundation is a legal affiliate of AHIMA and the CEO serves as an ex officio non-voting member on the Foundation Board.
  • The Commission on Certification of Health Informatics and Information Management Professionals (CCHIIM), whose purpose is to serve the public by establishing, implementing and enforcing standards and procedures for certification and recertification of health informatics and information management (HIIM) professionals.
  • The Council for Excellence in Education (CEE), whose purpose is to improve and adapt the education strategy for health information and related professions.
  • Fifty-two (52) affiliated component association (CA) members.
  • The House of Delegates—AHIMA’s body of representatives that provides a forum for membership and professional issues. Members are elected by each of the 52 CAs and includes the Board of Directors.

AHIMA-related Organizations Include:

  • The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), an independent 501(c) (3) organization which accredits associate and baccalaureate degree programs in health information management, and masters’ degree programs in the health informatics and health information management professions in the United States and Puerto Rico.
  • The International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA), which supports national associations and health record professionals to implement and improve health records and the systems that support them.

Making an Impact Since 1928

For more than 90 years, AHIMA has been a healthcare leader, providing education and professional development resources to health information professionals and students, while advocating on behalf of patients and the entire healthcare ecosystem. The organization has experienced several name changes that reflect the evolution of the profession, but their commitment and expertise have remained constant. As part of its 2023 content strategy, AHIMA is focused on critical issues, including social determinants of health (SDOH), information sharing, data quality and integrity, and the privacy and security of health information.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission: Empowering people to impact health®

The AHIMA mission is inclusive of not only its members and credentialed individuals but all health information professionals, patients and other key stakeholders who are able to impact individuals’ health and healthcare.

Vision: A world where trusted information transforms health and healthcare by connecting people, systems, and ideas.

Core Values Statements:

  • We have integrity in our work and relationships. Our passion for doing the right thing and sharing knowledge and resources makes us trustworthy, credible, and accountable leaders.
  • We act boldly with intention. We go after big ideas and big challenges with purpose because we recognize the influence and impact of our work on people's health, safety, and well-being.
  • We are inclusive so that humans are at the center of everything we do. We see the whole person and respect the inherent dignity of every human. We make space for different voices and opinions to help us get the best results.

Strategic Plan

AHIMA is in the final year of a three-year strategic plan focused on the following:

  • Outcome 1: Advance and advocate for the creation and use of trusted information across the evolving health continuum.
  • Outcome 2: Equip professionals and students to meet current and future industry health needs.
  • Outcome 3: Drive strategic transformation and renewed growth as a great partner and place to work.

AHIMA has been going through a multi-year, multi-faceted transformation and is pivoting toward growth and innovation. The AHIMA Board of Directors has charged the AHIMA leadership team to be audience-centric, with a view towards how health information will be collected, shared, used, and managed in the future and beyond the four walls of a hospital, with a focus on driving mission impact and audience value.

As the leading voice of health information, AHIMA is well-positioned to address and solve key issues in healthcare by serving as a convening authority of stakeholders to drive organizational policies around health information and develop and disseminate industry best practices to ensure excellence in the management of health information for the benefit of consumers, providers, payers, and other stakeholders involved in improving wellness, and prevention.

For more information and to view our 2020-2023 Enterprise Strategic Plan, please visit our website.

AHIMA is well underway in developing their next strategic plan and organizational aim.

The Opportunity

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AHIMA is responsible to the AHIMA Board of Directors, and also provides leadership to the AHIMA Foundation, Council for Excellence in Education (CEE), and Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) (“AHIMA Enterprise”). In fulfilling the responsibilities of this position, the CEO is guided by the AHIMA strategic objectives, purpose, vision, mission, and values, and all other policies established by the Board.

The CEO will develop an effective strategy for the organization that impacts health by influencing academic curriculums, delivering on workforce needs, monitoring the evolution of health data, collaborating on national programs, and influencing health policy. Strategic initiatives should then drive brand recognition and new revenue growth. The CEO, along with the Board, have a responsibility to instill trust in the AHIMA brand with members and external forces. Through effective leadership and management, the CEO will foster high performance and innovation and will serve as the steward of the Association’s human, material, and fiscal assets.

The CEO is responsible for professional management of all aspects of the Headquarters' operations in the Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC offices. The CEO serves as a key representative, voice, and influence for AHIMA with multiple internal and external stakeholders, and ensures that the programs, activities, and services of the organization directly serve its primary purpose; commitment to excellence in the management of health information for the benefit of patients, providers, and other users of health information.

Key Responsibilities

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be responsible for the following:

Governance and Leadership:

  • Provide leadership in planning and implementing the AHIMA mission and goals, develop strategies, propose plans and budgets to achieve the goals, and set the standards and conditions for operating excellence.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors in developing and communicating an organizational strategic vision, and in facilitating the strategic planning and governance processes.
  • Advise and assist the Board in the formulation of policies governing the Association and implement all policies and directives of the Board.
  • Update the Board regarding current operations and short-term plans for AHIMA. Inform the Board of new ideas, trends and issues that may influence AHIMA’s success.
  • Demonstrate skill in influencing individuals and teams to perform at a high level and to embrace change. Negotiate persuasively to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause. Inspire others and build a motivated, high-performing Executive Team.
  • Manage complex constituencies and stakeholders, including the ability to effectively manage internal and external conflicts.

Administrative and Staff Management:

  • Oversee all administrative, management, operations, and human resource functions.
  • Create, foster, and support a positive, proactive organizational environment of innovation, cooperation, and integrity, encouraging achievement of goals and objectives.
  • Develop, lead, attract, inspire, retain, and manage a diverse, talented, and high-performing team, to ensure that the mission and values of AHIMA are put into practice by holding everyone accountable for quantifiable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results.
  • Build a strong leadership team by attracting and developing key executives. Empower staff to achieve desired goals and foster a culture of openness, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Work with the Board and staff to develop plans to expand the program base, grow membership, and develop programs that address emerging, non-traditional constituencies.
  • Identify, evaluate, and prioritize opportunities for international growth. Determine appropriate business strategy and assess resource requirements.

Strategic Leadership:

  • Think strategically, globally, and futuristically, considering the needs of the profession and entire membership, including competing factions and trends.
  • Enable a future for the profession and organization through strategic visioning, leadership, and collaborative dialogue (internal and external). Work with the Board of Directors to advance AHIMA and the profession as global healthcare leaders.
  • Sustain strategic direction through environmental scanning, strategic thinking, planning and management of Association’s people and financial resources.
  • Incorporate relevant effective practices from non-profit management and association governance, philanthropy, fund development and trends to advance the strategic plan.

Fiscal Management:

  • Maintain financial stability for AHIMA; develop a financial plan that supports a growth strategy focused on measurable outcomes such as: revenue, cost savings, quality improvements, customer retention and growth, new product/program/service introductions and acquisitions.
  • Develop credibility and authority for the finance leadership team by providing accurate analysis of budgets, reports and financial trends and operational procedures to assist the Board and executive team.
  • Evaluate AHIMA’s financial and operational structures to plan for continual improvements and a continual increase in operating efficiencies.

External Relations:

  • Act as a key representative and spokesperson for AHIMA.
  • Develop and maintain strategic professional organizational relationships.
  • Ensure strategic alignment of marketing, public relations, and communication efforts.
  • Provide oversight and strategic direction in public policy to support the accomplishment of short- and longer-term organizational objectives.
  • Instill and safeguard continued trust in the AHIMA brand name.
  • Viewed as an inclusive strategic leader.

Professional Experience/Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for the CEO role will possess the following background, experience, and skills:

  • Minimum of ten years of experience in association management and/or senior leadership with a record in developing and leading the implementation of strategies that have increased brand recognition and improved bottom-line.
  • Knowledge of the role of credentialed Health Information (HI) professionals, the position of HI professionals in the healthcare arena and the political forces that impact the current and future practice of the profession is desirable.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff and Board to advance AHIMA’s mission and strategy.
  • A record for building and leading a highly professional, knowledgeable team in a performance driven, dynamic, and results-oriented environment. Demonstrated leadership style of identifying, developing, and engaging staff and fostering a culture of trust, collaboration, and empowerment.
  • Experience in creating a positive environment and culture of accountability and inspire people to achieve high performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently measure and gauge performance of programs and make course corrections, as necessary.
  • Success in working with boards to resolve issues, develop consensus, and effect growth.
  • Experience in developing an effective strategy for the organization that protects existing revenue and identifies opportunities for inorganic growth through acquisitions.
  • Experienced in the development and administration of complex budgets and in identifying and directing outside resources to maximize their contributions to strategic results.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve timely results while gaining consensus from volunteer leaders and key constituents.
  • Experience and demonstrated results in developing plans and aligning programs, policies, and operations with the strategic direction on an ongoing basis.
  • Strong relationship builder and excellent communicator with experience leading diverse work teams.
  • Broad knowledge and seasoned experience to address complex issues, deal with uncertainty, and make tough and timely decisions.
  • Polished verbal communication skills, including interpersonal, presentation, writing and public speaking skills. Ability to communicate complex professional and advocacy issues.
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence, humility, and personal and professional ethics beyond reproach.
  • Record of creating, building, developing, and leading high-performing teams. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Relocation to Chicago-land area is not required. Demonstrated experience in effectively managing a remote workforce.


  • A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable.


  • A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates.

Apply Directly:


Korn Ferry Contacts

Thomas J. Giella

Chairman, Healthcare Services Phone: 312-375-0629


Kelly Adamson

Senior Associate, Healthcare Services Phone: 636-675-0727


Lorraine Lavet

Sector Leader, National Association Practice

Phone: 847-414-1969


Sheri Yess

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: 708-289-9254


Job Information

  • Job ID: 70755072
  • Workplace Type: Remote
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Chief Executive Officer
  • Company Name For Job: American Health Information Management Association® (AHIMA®)
  • Work Setting: Other
  • Job Function: CEO
  • Required Credentials: None

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