American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Job Posting: Associate Executive Director

Posted On: October 25, 2022

Position Description:
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Associate Executive Director is expected to be a contributing member of the ABOS Management Team. The main responsibility for this important role would be to take a leadership role in all aspects of ABOS Written (computer-based) Examination development. This would include working closely with the ABOS Written Examination Committee Chair and the ABOS Written Examination Committee, providing oversight of the Part I Examination, the Recertification Examinations, the Subspecialty Examinations, and the Longitudinal Assessment Examination. Management of the development process of those examinations, including blueprints, question writing, field testing, form reviewing, and standard setting would fall under the purview of the Associate Executive Director.

The Associate Executive Director will also assist the Board and the Executive Director in setting ABOS policy and perform administrative functions in other areas as directed by the Executive Director.

Reports to:
Executive Director

Essential Functions:

  1. Manage and oversee the transfer of examination development and item banking from the NBME to the ABMS
  2. Engage and educate an extensive volunteer force to participate in test development
  3. Improve the examination item editing and development process, establishing guidelines for the item review process
  4. Manage examination delivery
  5. Oversee the psychometric evaluation of examinations
  6. Continue to foster volunteer recruitment
  7. Collaborate with specialty and subspecialty organizations to continue appropriate examination linking
  8. Focus the examination blueprint development and maintenance process
  9. Evaluate item classification and banking
  10. Assist the Board and the Executive Director in setting ABOS policy and assist in other Executive Director roles when necessary
  11. Maintain a working knowledge of ABOS issues and the topics being considered by all ABOS Committees
    a. Assist in special projects/initiatives as they arise
  12. Assist the Executive Director in communications across ABOS Diplomates and ABOS stakeholders, attending meetings as necessary

Behavioral Competencies:

  1. Dedicated and dependable
  2. Team player
  3. Flexible and takes initiative
  4. Professional, positive, and personable


  1. ABOS Diplomate, participating in MOC
  2. Service to the ABOS with extensive Written Examination Committee experience
  3. Significant experience with test item editing and development
  4. Working knowledge of psychometric principles
  5. Ability to travel and represent the ABOS
  6. Outstanding communication and presentation skills
  7. Ability to adapt to flexible scheduling
  8. Ability to work independently and take initiative to evaluate and improve processes

Work Environment:

  1. Work Hours: 2 days/week (0.4 FTE)
  2. Work Location: Hybrid/Remote
  3. Physical Demands: Typical Office Work, ability to travel (3-4 weeks/year)

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. A personal statement of intent briefly outlining their interest in the position
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact information

That information should be submitted by email to the attention of David F. Martin, MD, Executive Director, at Candidates may contact Dr. Martin with questions about the position after reviewing the job description. Confidentiality will be maintained throughout the process.

The deadline for receipt of the above information is December 15, 2022.

The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery is an equal opportunity employer.


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