College seeks Medical Director for Operation Giving Back

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has initiated a search for a full-time Medical Director for the Operation Giving Back (OGB) program and is accepting applications for the position through May 30. The individual selected for this position will be based in the Chicago, IL, ACS headquarters and will work with the staff of the Division of Member Services and other staff throughout the organization.

About OGB

OGB’s mission is to leverage the passion, skills, and humanitarian ethos of the surgical community to effectively meet the needs of the medically underserved. The program provides the tools necessary to facilitate humanitarian outreach, which promotes both domestic and international service, among surgeons of all specialties at all stages of their career. By delivering information on opportunities to volunteer through patient care, education, training, systems strengthening, advocacy efforts, and donation of needed equipment and supplies, OGB focuses these resources to address critical public health issues as they relate to the provision of safe, timely, necessary surgical care around the globe. For more information about the OGB program, go to

Medical Director responsibilities

The Medical Director of OGB will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Program design, implementation, maintenance, and growth. The Medical Director will be responsible for creating and overseeing all forums, tools, and resources available for surgical volunteers. This aspect of the position includes managing the OGB website content, developing thematic messaging for the annual ACS Clinical Congress, responding to urgent and emergent humanitarian needs across the globe to convey trusted information, directing a response, and creating resources as needed.
  • Development of a strategy to foster and sustain program funding. This responsibility will entail working with external sources and collaborating with the ACS Foundation for philanthropy and grant writing to ensure the long-term viability of the program. The Medical Director will be responsible for collecting and analyzing financial data on the program’s impact.
  • Communications. Responsibilities in this area include managing website content, developing e-newsletters, writing articles for publication in external peer-reviewed journals and ACS publications, and giving oral presentations at international and national conferences and meetings. Establishing relationships with mainstream and social media outlets will be an important part of eliciting immediate responses to crises.
  • External relations and partnership to include collaboration and coalition building. The Medical Director will be responsible for bridging efforts of the ACS with other strategic partners and nongovernmental organizations to fill programmatic gaps, create synergistic relationships, and maintain a leadership position for the ACS. This area of responsibility includes communicating shared priorities, as well as convening meetings and other work-related forums.
  • Resource management. The Medical Director will be responsible for managing OGB staff, developing the program budget, and overseeing administrative workgroup and volunteer support.


Successful candidates for the position must meet the following educational and work experience criteria:

  • MD with a minimum of four years of experience in program management of global health/public health programs required
  • Understanding of surgical skills and sensibilities needed to successfully engage in humanitarian outreach
  • Strong management and fiscal abilities
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons a plus

For the complete job description, please visit the ACS LinkedIn page.

Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to Applications will be accepted through May 30, 2014. (The American College of Surgeons is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, AA/EEO/M/F/D/V.)

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