Provides management and support for research and clinical care activities of the society related to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Works with individual members, committees and staff in the development and execution of clinical guidelines and appropriate use criteria; EBM training, clinical care issues; research activities; scientific publications. Manages and acts as sole liaison for the following committees: Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, EBM Committee and Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Workgroup. Works with department/division head to liaise with other Committees and Sections as needed (Patient Safety, etc.)
Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as primary staff liaison for Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, EBM Committee and AUC Workgroup. Serves as staff liaison to NASS Sections for scientific projects. Assists with other committees as necessary. Provides written reports of committee activities as needed.
Liaises with other societies/groups/agencies as necessary for multi-stakeholder projects and issues. Participates in relevant Alliance for Specialty Medicine work groups and projects.
Researches and analyzes scientific issues and various health policies as needed alone and in conjunction with other relevant parties and staff.
Prepares recommendation papers, reports for committees and the Board, publications and other documents reflecting best practices, research background, state of evidence, etc., translating complex concepts into easily understood documents. Participates in promotion of research/scientific activities of the society such as development of web site/publication content and promotion of scientific programs/products.
Manages NASS’ clinical practice guidelines activities and coordinates effective dissemination of NASS guidelines. Manages NASS participation in the Choosing Wisely program.
Assist in the analysis of CMS proposals and rules that have EBM or clinical recommendation components as needed. Assist in the preparation of responses or comment letters as needed.
Works with Department/Division head to incorporate EBM into NASS activities and publications.
Oversees content for NASS EBM training. Plans and administrates EBM courses (a course that combines didactic and webinar components).
Assists with development and refinement of educational programming relative to council/committee issues.
Assists Division/Department head in establishing appropriate goals and planning for council. Assists in the budgeting process.
Coordinates reviews of scientific documents as necessary. Conducts and guides literature searches for the society.
Participates in meetings and conference calls, including those at night and on weekends. Provides customer service to society members and staff through response to requests as appropriate in a timely manner, including return of phone and e-mail messages in a timely manner and providing contact information in the event of an urgent matter. Acts as a resource to staff and members for scientific information.
Collaborates with health policy division staff to achieve common and overlapping goals and pursue direction necessary for growth and success as a department, as a division, and as an organization.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in health or science related field with minimum 5 years of related experience.
Experience with and understanding of evidence-based medicine and EBM clinical recommendation processes and clinical quality improvement. Strong project-management, analytical, writing and communication skills. Must be a team player with ability to work with multiple parties. Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently with little supervision. Ability to adapt to a variable workload and function in a deadline-oriented environment. Strong research skills. Ability to understand and interpret the political arena relative to scientific issues and working with staff and volunteers. In-depth knowledge of PubMed and other databases to conduct literature searches. Familiarity with the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach in developing clinical guidelines.
Manual Skills Necessary
Computer literacy is essential, (proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites/365, Endnote, Internet); CRM knowledge a plus; average to heavy computer usage. Manual dexterity to operate a computer keyboard.
Ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs occasionally when preparing shipments, organizing inventory, or staffing programs.
Experience working in a health care setting; health care administration; or medical society/association management or related scientific setting.
About North American Spine Society
The North American Spine Society is a multidisciplinary, professional medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, evidenced-based and ethical spine care by promoting education, research and advocacy. NASS is comprised of more than 8,000 members from a variety of spine-related specialties. NASS currently has more than 50 staff headquartered in our beautiful state-of- the-art headquarters, the Specialty Education and Research Center (SERC) in Burr Ridge, IL. We offer competitive salaries, exceptional benefits and a positive work environment.
For more information about NASS, visit www.spine.org