ECFMG is seeking a Director, Strategic Initiatives in the Philadelphia, PA office. The Director, Strategic Initiatives is responsible for leading program and project teams and managing all activities in a project life-cycle (initiation planning, executing/controlling, and closing) associated with projects that are long-term, line of business-wide, medium to high in risk, scope, complexity. Serve as a role model to the organization in projecting an enterprise wide viewpoint. This position focuses on the development of new programs and enhancements to existing programs (collectively, "initiatives"). The position works closely with ECFMG and FAIMER staff to facilitate the conceptualization, development, and implementation of approved initiatives. For all initiatives, the position serves as the point person responsible for shepherding projects forward to resolution. To accomplish these goals, the position works across all ECFMG and FAIMER programs and departments and serves as a point of contact for all ECFMG and FAIMER staff members involved in the development of initiatives.
Proven Business and Project Management experience, the ability to think strategically, the ability to establish and maintain strong relationships with key business partners, and ability to effectively facilitate meetings. Strong project management skills, including the ability to analyze project goals and requirements, develop schedules, track outstandings, coordinate across departments, and employ all necessary quality assurance measures for work products. Ability to understand and evaluate end user impact and other risk factors related to policy, process or program implementation, and ensure appropriate controls and options are considered. Experience implementing processes broadly across a Functional Area or large group. Strong leadership skills and proven ability to effectively manage Partners with, and is accessible to, all ECFMG and FAIMER staff to develop proposals for initiatives. Ability to represent business/end users within program development and facilitate discussions and decisions. Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously. Ability to balance competing priorities with available resources to maximize efficiency. Strong analytical skills. Ability to identify issues and contingencies and to assess impact. Well-developed organizational skills, solid follow through, and attention to detail. Exemplary verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write effectively. Ability to organize and synthesize effectively materials from multiple sources. Ability to analyze data and represent same graphically with accuracy and with relevance to context. Effective presentation skills. Ability to summarize effectively project status, outstanding action items, and issues that require further exploration. Ability, willingness, and flexibility to work as a partner among equals in a creative, peer-review, team environment. Ability to interact professionally with staff. Ability to approach tight deadlines with accuracy, tact, and composure. Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project, and expert word processing skills.
Partners directly with the initiatives owners to establish strategic plans and objectives for programs or initiatives for senior leadership and major stakeholders. Coordinates large, high-risk, complex initiatives and manages activities that span across multiple platforms or organizational entities for long-term, strategic initiatives. Consults with business partners to clarify and define complex initiative requirements, budgets and business cases, including statements of work. Creates and delivers presentations on program or initiative goals and plans, including progress reports. Actively advocates and works with business leaders to help drive growth and efficiencies. Understands complex problems; identifies and resolves issues and risks. Communicates across multiple business lines, technology, external vendors, and internal senior management. Creates a core, common and consistent approach and delivery for strategic initiatives. Leads cross functional/virtual teams to strategize, plan and execute a variety of programs, services and initiatives that are larger in scope and complexity (examples might include, but are not limited to: finance operational / executive management review coordination, change management initiatives, or general program oversight). Provides leadership to other consultants and analysts in the integration/implementation of programs/services/initiatives with cross functional business partners, recognizing the significance of competing priorities and strategies, and adjusting as necessary. Develops and assists in implementing business requirements as well as leading and facilitating cross-functional, crossline of business teams. Prepares communication strategy and materials to socialize and gain buy-in of related business plans to management. Strong communication skills (written, oral, and in giving presentations) are key. The ability to provide program reporting as it relates to key business owners' needs. The ability to roadmap projects in support of a portfolio or strategic plan. Drive regular reviews of the roadmap with business management. Influencing and negotiating with initiative managers and senior management as needed. Relationship management with key business and technology partners. Conducting analysis and partnering with Finance to develop reports on budget/forecasting and financials related to the strategic programs or initiatives. Monitors activity within the medical education and related communities to identify areas of exploration, ideas for new programs/services, and opportunities for collaboration for ECFMG and FAIMER. Partners with appropriate ECFMG and FAIMER staff to develop proposals for related initiatives. Partners with appropriate FAIMER and ECFMG staff to develop proposals for related initiatives. For approved initiatives, collaborates with program manager and other stakeholders to assemble interdepartmental project teams and ensure that all relevant and potentially relevant departments/programs are represented. Serves as a member of interdepartmental project teams from project inception, guiding the release of initiatives through to implementation. Conducts a preliminary assessment of initiatives' impact on existing policy and operations. Regularly disseminates information about status of initiatives throughout the organization. Collaborates with internal and external users of ECFMG programs/services to identify program needs and maximize user experience. Assists as a reviewer of all communications materials associated with approved initiatives. Provides Executive Vice President with regular written updates, including information on ideas and proposals for new initiatives, status of initiatives, timeframes, action items, outstandings, critical junctures, obstacles, contingencies, and activities of the Initiatives program. Provides for Executive Vice President's review drafts of documents intended to inform executive staff of project status and to facilitate their evaluation and prioritization of initiatives. Other duties as assigned.
Seven to 10 years progressive experience in professional project management roles, including experience in conceiving and operationalizing new programs. Experience with strategic planning and interacting with internal decision makers/subject matter experts and key external partners.
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is a not for profit organization based in Philadelphia, PA. ECFMG has the responsibility of evaluating qualifications of graduates of international medical schools who seek entry into postgraduate medical education positions in the United States. International medical graduates who wish to enter an ACGME-accredited residency or a fel...lowship program in the U.S. must be certified by ECFMG. The current requirements for ECFMG Certification include passing portions of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). ECFMG has an organizational commitment to promote excellence in international medical education.