ATS Nomination Process

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Secretary Position

Currently, the American Thoracic Society is seeking nominations for candidates to be elected as Secretary for 2024-2025. The successful candidate will advance through the leadership positions and serve as ATS President in 2026-2027.

The position of Secretary is critical for the ATS, as this individual spends two years learning about the Society’s structure and leadership. They will then serve as President in the third year, and finally as immediate-past president in the final year as an ATS officer. It is important that ATS identifies outstanding members who will ensure the Society continues to accelerate global innovation in the advancement of respiratory health through multidisciplinary collaboration, education, and advocacy.

We ask that you carefully consider the following qualifications and submit nominations of colleagues who demonstrate the characteristics outlined below. Self-nominations are also accepted.


  • Active ATS member; in good standing.
  • ATSFellow designation, or candidate for ATSF.
  • Active commitment to and understanding of ATS and its mission, vision, and values.
  • Demonstration of the essential leadership characteristics (see below).
  • Ability to commit four years of service in various leadership capacities.
  • Willingness to adhere to the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies as it relates to Key Leaders.

Essential Leadership Characteristics:
The applicants for the position of ATS Secretary should possess the following characteristics:

  • Professionalism
  • Demonstration of ability to support a diverse and inclusive team
  • Outstanding political acumen/administrative skills;
  • Scientific credibility/appreciation;
  • Excellent organizational ability;
  • Inclusive style of leadership;
  • Commitment to work with international societies;
  • Highly regarded in the field;
  • Passion for/commitment to ATS;
  • Willingness to devote time to the ATS;
  • Knowledge and sense of ATS organization.
  • Familiarity with key aspects of the organization, including research, education, and advocacy.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Secretary is a full member of the ATS Executive Committee and shares responsibility for leadership of the ATS and decision-making about ATS activities and positions with other Executive Committee members under the leadership of the President and with the direction and oversight of the ATS Board of Directors.
  • The Secretary is responsible for reviewing the minutes of Board meetings.
  • The Secretary shall serve as a member of the Finance Committee.

Time Commitment:

  • The Secretary position generally involves approximately 0.10 FTE of time working on behalf of the American Thoracic Society if included into the usual FTE equation.


Are you interested in being a nominee? Learn more about the ATS Nomination process and submitting your nomination.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact governance@thoracic.org or 212-315-6444.