Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0096
Post Date 10/24/2017
Title Vice President, Leadership & System Innovation
City Chicago
State IL

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. We are currently seeking a Vice President, Leadership and Health System Innovation, for the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) subsidiary located in our Chicago office.


The Vice President, Leadership and Health System Innovation, is responsible for developing strategy and executing programming that supports AHA member organizations to achieve evidence-based practices at lower costs over a variety of delivery care models, in addition to advancing a research agenda in HRET that aims to discover innovative delivery models, particularly targeting patients with chronic disease, advanced illness, and other identified areas, that will disrupt healthcare delivery norms and achieve new levels of quality/safety/value for the U.S. healthcare system.

This position, in partnership with other HRET and AHA Physician Alliance staff and teams from across AHA would also be responsible for translating this HRET work into revenue-generating products that allow AHA to steward a precision medicine-type approach to health care delivery transformation for their member organizations. This position will spend 75% leading HRET initiatives and 25% on initiatives across AHA such as the physician inclusion agenda. The Vice President will work extensively with external clients as well as organizations partnering with AHA on initiatives. The Vice President will also provide content leadership for projects across HRET and AHA requiring clinical knowledge, hospital and health system operational expertise, and the application of population health improvement methodologies to complex organizational challenges.

Essential Functions

  1. Serve as a strategic leader and advisor for innovative ways to develop partnerships, programs, services and research to the executive management team, colleagues and staff, as well as the AHA Physician Alliance and across the AHA.
  2. Create and provide “hands-on” leadership to the project team for successful planning and execution of each program and initiative.  Establish and manage team functions, communications, systems, documentation, and procedures for the successful conduct and audit of programs and projects.
  3. Recruit, initiate and oversee participants for programs and projects.  Ensure that resources, systems, documentation, communication/marketing, training, monitoring, oversight, management and controls are in place and effective so that the projects go smoothly and that they comply with all relevant protocols.
  4. Oversee the creation of educational and experiential training toolkits for leadership, innovation and improvement initiatives, including coordinating with the customers and partners regarding its content and structure; and coordinating with vendors responsible for video and print materials for the toolkit.
  5. Provide clinical perspective and lead quality and improvement projects and other programs and projects as directed, including but not limited to, innovation boot camps to help hospitals increase value in existing models (e.g. fee-for-service, ACOs, Bundled Payments, etc.), Quality Improvement collaboratives, AHA Team Training, HRET Fellowship Programs and others.
  6. Individually, and as a part of AHA/HRET leadership teams, contribute to the development of new strategic initiatives, business ideas, the selling of these ideas to potential funders or marketing to potential customers, and the implementation of these projects using design-based approaches and best-practice business planning.

  7. Lead AHA/HRET efforts to strengthen existing projects by enhancing efforts to make business cases for quality improvement activities and leadership development that fosters innovative strategies for driving organizational culture change, and improved operational processes within healthcare organizations to achieve better health, quality and outcomes.

  8. Initiate creation of a research agenda to find innovative models for care delivery and population health, particularly targeting patients with chronic disease, that will disrupt healthcare delivery norms and achieve new levels of quality/safety/value for the U.S. healthcare system

  9. Ensure the project team has sufficient resources in place to provide expert, timely support of program and project needs.  Manage those resources to ensure their effectiveness. Use data driven decision-making.

  10. Lead specific initiatives of the AHA Physician Alliance as directed by the AHA Chief Medical Officer. Work closely with AHA policy and the office of the Executive Vice President and AHA Chief Operating Officer on key initiatives.

  11. Contribute to the AHA Core Management Team to align work across AHA business units.

  12. Communicate extensively with the President, COO and with peers so that they are aware of all key activities and issues that are being faced, or are anticipated, relative to program and project objectives.




  • Doctoral degree in Clinical/Health Studies.
  • 7-10 years experience with a minimum 7 years of experience in clinical care (i.e. nursing, pharmacy, and medicine), healthcare management, healthcare education, leadership development, hospital operations experience, and healthcare quality improvement.
  • Business development and work experience with state hospital associations and hospitals is preferred
  • Knowledge of clinical care and its improvement, health professional education best-practices.
  • Knowledge of healthcare organization operations and how to make the business case for quality improvement efforts.
  • Knowledge of local, state and national improvement campaigns. 
  • Extensive knowledge of design-based approaches to business development and business planning.
  • Knowledge of quality measurement and improvement techniques such as Baldridge, Six Sigma, or Lean.
  • Intermediate proficiency with computers and with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Ability to create and modify project budgets using Excel.
  • Ability to develop strategy and adapt to changes; to lead teams and collaborate with others; to work independently and as part of a team; to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet deadlines. Ability to influence others; to quickly learn and perform complex problem-solving.

  • 30-50% travel is required.



We offer an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000 and ask for the Director, Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.






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