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Executive Director

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Executive Director (remote)

Scientific research and continuing medical education are essential for ensuring that anesthesiologists, intensivists, and pain medicine physicians remain at the forefront of medical knowledge and patient care, directly impacting the health outcomes of patients across all areas of clinical care. With 7,000 members globally, the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is focused solely on research and education to generate and disseminate transformative breakthroughs in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine while supporting scientists worldwide.

As Executive Director, reporting to and serving as an advisor for the Board of Trustees, you will oversee an annual budget of $5M with investments of $28M, ensuring IARS’s continued financial resilience amid an evolving healthcare landscape while remaining firmly committed to our research-focused mission. Our vision is to lead the global anesthesiology community to advance the science and practice of medicine—IARS contributes more than $700K annually to fund anesthesia research. This is at the heart of what differentiates IARS from other organizations; IARS does not engage in lobbying, setting standards, producing guidelines, providing certification programs, or selling books and other products.

Leading an expert remote staff of 8, you will guide IARS’s strategic direction, oversee administrative operations, and drive meaningful growth. As we support the global anesthesia community through innovation in research programs and funding, education, and outreach, we will look to you to develop new strategic partnerships and nurture existing relationships with organizations, including ASA, AUA, FAER, WFSA, FDA, and others. Internally, you’ll lead staff to implement the Board’s vision across all aspects of the Society—meetings and education (including the Annual Meeting and other activities), research grants, awards, and programs (including SmartTots), marketing and membership, and publishing (including Anesthesia & Analgesia, the leading clinical journal in the field, and other publications). The journal is the Society’s primary revenue driver and the cornerstone of value for members and the scientific community. You’ll work closely with the Publications Director, and engage with the Editor in Chief, Editorial Board, and commercial journal publisher to ensure its continued success. Across every department, you’ll develop a throughline strategy for directing and promoting research to advance the field and support scientists around the world.

How You’ll Make an Impact

Your work will amplify the Society’s global impact as we foster research, champion anesthesia as an integral component of perioperative medicine, and engage and support the next generation of researchers and clinicians in the US and internationally.

  • Revenue Generation and Financial Management. Strengthen the organization’s finances by evaluating all aspects of the business model and stewarding finances to mitigate risk, including the upcoming academic journal contract renewal, membership model, and events/meetings. Explore non-dues revenue opportunities, including industry sponsorships. Oversee all financial activities, including reporting, audits, and investments (through an external advisor).
  • Building Alliances and Partnerships. Work with the Board to set and implement a strategic vision that considers IARS’s current position and strategic direction in relation to other organizations and leverages relationships to enhance collaboration, share resources, and advance impact for the global anesthesia community.
  • Engaging Members. Strengthen our membership model to serve current and future member needs. Explore potential redefinition of our value proposition to appeal to a broader audience and better serve the specialty at large, including early- and mid-career clinicians and researchers globally. Consider revisions to the Board and/or committee structure to increase participation from members.
  • Enhancing the Annual Meeting. Develop the future vision of IARS’s Annual Meeting and other educational activities to increase revenue and value for participants while continuing to deliver high-quality science that advances research and practice. Leverage the meeting’s intimate setting and esteemed reputation to attract a broader audience and strengthen relationships with industry. Support the Annual Meeting Oversight Committee and oversee all education and scientific program development, marketing, and vendor management, along with ensuring compliance with ACCME standards and continuation of CME accreditation.
  • Staff Leadership and Program Operations. Support the professional staff and utilize their expertise for strategic decision-making and implementation. Assess the organizational structure, including the Board, staff, and programs, to maximize productivity and value. Prioritize key initiatives and continue nurturing our positive and supportive work environment.
  • Leveraging Board Expertise (Governance). Evaluate the Board and staff structure to optimize the value of volunteer time, embracing technology as appropriate. Monitor the external landscape, identify issues, and distill research and background information into focused agendas and supporting materials to encourage purposeful discussion and facilitate decision-making. Support the development and implementation of the Society’s strategic plan.

Work Environment, Salary, and Benefits

  • You’ll enjoy a fully remote work environment with some travel for meetings.
  • The budgeted total cash compensation range is $300K – $399K, depending on prior executive experience and relevant qualifications, with an outstanding benefits package including generous PTO, medical, dental, and vision coverage, disability and life insurance, and a 403(b) with 10% employer contribution.


  • Experience as chief staff executive in a comparable organization. 10+ years of association management experience in a medical or healthcare-related field. CAE and/or IOM credentials are a plus.
  • Direct knowledge and experience with continuing medical education (CME) and ACCME requirements.
  • An advanced degree in business, public administration, nonprofit management, law, or a related field is preferred.

About Us

The International Anesthesia Research Society is a nonpolitical, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit medical society founded in 1922 to advance and support scientific research and education related to anesthesia and to improve patient care through research. The IARS contributes more than $700K annually to fund anesthesia research; provides a forum for anesthesiology leaders to share information and ideas; maintains a worldwide membership of physicians, health professionals in anesthesia-related practice, and physician residents and others with doctoral degrees; sponsors the SmartTots pediatric anesthesia initiative; sponsors the OpenAnesthesia and SelfStudyPLUS resident education initiatives, and publishes the monthly Anesthesia & Analgesia journal in print and online as well as the clinical companion journal A&A Practice, published semi-monthly.

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