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HJF Begins Search for New President/CEO

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is seeking its next President and Chief Executive Officer.

Based in Bethesda, MD, HJF is a Maryland not-for-profit corporation dedicated to its Congressionally authorized mission to carry out medical research and education projects under cooperative arrangements with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; to serve as a focus for the interchange between military and civilian medical personnel; and to encourage the participation of medical, dental, nursing, veterinary and other biomedical sciences personnel in the work of HJF for the mutual benefit of military and civilian medicine. In pursuit of this mission, HJF serves as a vital link between the military medical community and its federal and private partners. HJF has an annual budget of approximately $415 million, and employs more than 2,650 U.S. and foreign individuals.

As the external face and internal driving force of the organization, HJF’s President and CEO is an innovator who leads, develops and directs HJF’s projects, resources and assets following the strategic mission authorized by Congress and as directed by HJF’s Council of Directors. The President and CEO is responsible for supervising and controlling all the affairs of HJF, and fulfilling the mission of, and performing all duties incident to, the Office of President, and such other duties as may be prescribed by the Council of Directors.

The President and CEO solicits, assesses and incorporates various stakeholder interests, builds a broad range of effective customer relationships, and works effectively across the spectrum of existing and potential supporters to ensure continued best-in-class support of military medical research. The position requires a leader who can create and develop the vision and strategic goals for HJF, and is able to communicate HJF’s value to a wide array of audiences in inspirational and translational ways.

Qualified candidates will have a record of accomplishment that ideally includes the following:

  • Active duty or civilian military service with knowledge of the current opportunities and challenges facing military medical research. (Candidates without personal military service who combine appreciation and understanding of military medical research with strong expertise in leading research or research-supporting organizations will also be considered.);
  • Success as an engaged leader possessing a record of building collaborative relationships with the broader medical and research communities, policymakers, lawmakers, regulators, thought leaders, the media, and the public;
  • Success as an executive in complex institutions or companies leading process improvements to reduce costs, increase procurement of competitive awards, improve productivity, and enhance institutional performance in complex and competitive environments;
  • Effective cooperation with a board, demonstrating understanding of board governance, processes and director engagement;
  • Exposure to the importance and complexities of global operations; and
  • An undergraduate degree is required with graduate degree preferred.

HJF is being supported in this recruitment effort by Spencer Stuart. For more information, to suggest a candidate or to make a personal inquiry, please contact Shannon Yeatman: or 215-814-1634.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.