Jobs at ARVO

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Executive Director

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO) has retained Witt/Kieffer to assist in the recruitment of their Executive Director. ARVO is seeking a leader in every respect and a visionary who is passionate about the mission of ARVO.

Founded in 1928, ARVO is the largest and most highly respected eye and vision research organization in the world. ARVO promotes and advances research, training and knowledge-sharing relevant to basic science and clinical care of all ocular and vision threatening diseases. ARVO has more than 12,000 members from over 75 countries. ARVO’s administrative offices are based in Rockville, Md., and include approximately 35 staff members. With an annual budget of nearly $11 million, ARVO retains a strong balance sheet and solid position overall.

As a key member of the senior leadership team, reporting to both the Executive Vice President of ARVO and to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) provides overall leadership and direction to the organization and its staff to ensure effective administration of ARVO policies, programs and activities as set in cooperation and consultation with the volunteer leadership of ARVO. The ED serves as the Chief Executive Officer for ARVO and will be a member of the ARVO Board.

ARVO is seeking a true statesperson/diplomat who personifies what ARVO and its members stand for and possesses a strong presence acknowledged both within and outside the organization. The ideal candidate will possess experience at the senior management level of a science and/or healthcare membership association, life sciences organization, health care provider, health care policy organization or related entity. International experience is a plus. She/he will have demonstrated strong financial and business acumen; will be value-centered and an excellent leader of people. Candidates will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree while an advanced degree in Life Sciences, Medicine, Business, Public Health and/or Health Administration is highly desirable.

Witt/Kieffer would be happy to provide a more detailed position overview upon request. Please direct any questions to ARVO’s search consultants Donna Padilla and Rachel Polhemus through the office of Robert Luke at +1.781.564.2620. Nominations, expressions of interest and applications should be submitted electronically, at

Manager, Committee Operations

The Manager, Committee Operations will be responsible for managing all operations relating to committee processes to ensure adherence to ARVO’s Bylaws, strategic plan, policies, procedures and timelines. This includes, but is not limited to, volunteer management of committee appointments, replacements, communications, maintaining master schedules of committee assignments and deadlines, and following up with staff committee liaisons for updates and outcomes. 

It includes working as a staff committee liaison and working with other staff liaisons to committees assuring action items are completed and activities are properly reported. This position provides support for the establishment of new chapter affiliates and annual reporting requirements for existing chapter affiliates.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with the Executive Director, Manager, Executive Operations and staff. The main functional areas of this position include committee and volunteer management and communications, support of chapter affiliate processes, and back up to Manager, Executive Operations as needed.

Key tasks and activities include: 

  • Works with staff liaisons and meeting logistics to plan annual committee meetings and some committee-sponsored events. 
  • Manages the annual volunteer appointment process for committees and working groups 
  • Develops procedures and guidelines to improve committee and chapter management as deemed necessary.
  • Tracks committee-related action items and outcomes, following up with staff liaisons as necessary to meet deadlines. 
  • Maintains meeting minutes, rosters and files for committees. Serves as project lead or team member as assigned using ARVO project management tools.
  • Engages committee and chapter members through their communities in ARVO's web-based networking platform, encouraging communication and collaboration.
  • Develops projections for committee and chapter-related budget line items. Reviews monthly financial statements as they relate to committee and chapter expenses. 
  • Maintains volunteer management database.
  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum of 5 years experience in association governance/committee function.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills. 
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to maintain professional working relationships with an internationally diverse membership, as well as with internal staff. 
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, work independently and use sound judgment. 
  • Proficient skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Acrobat Adobe Professional, AMS applications (i.e. NetForum or similar) and content management system (i.e. Ektron or similar). 
  • Previous experience using online communities to manage groups or committees. 
  • U.S. travel to annual meeting.

To apply, please submit your resume, including a cover letter stating your salary requirements, to

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