American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Employment Opportunities

If you're a talented individual interested in working with caring physicians within a growing member association, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) may be the place for you. Send a resume with cover letter and salary requirements to: Department of Human Resources, American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611-2864; or email The AOA is proud to be an EEOC employer.  

Government Relations Associate (ACOFP)
Government Relations
Grade: 16

The AOA seeks a Government Relations Associate responsible for advancing the legislative agenda of the American Osteopathic Association on Capitol Hill.  The individual will establish and strengthen relationships between the Association and members of Congress, physician groups, and organizations. The position is accountable for monitoring, analyzing, and influencing legislation that is relevant to the osteopathic profession. This position is also responsible for carrying out the duties in representing the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) as their Director of Government Relations. In this role, the individual provides government relations support for ACOFP and its Board of Governors. The position is accountable for monitoring, analyzing, and influencing legislation that is relevant to osteopathic family physicians and their priorities.

Education: Bachelor’s degree, minimum. 

Experience: Minimum of three to five years of work in health care industry, federal/state health care legislation/regulation arenas. Experience on Capitol Hill preferred, and/or experience with a health care trade association.

Please apply to this position using our online applicant system with the following link:

Data Quality and Report Specialist
Member and Client Services
Grade: 11

The AOA seeks a Data Quality and Report Specialist as a resource and expert on AOA data standards. The position requires an understanding of AOA’s continuing medical education (CME) and membership standards and policies. This position is responsible for the maintenance of data quality related to AOA’s osteopathic physician- and CME-related data. Creates and supports CME reporting needs related to AOA policy. Monitors and reviews data for compliance with data entry and naming convention standards; creates and issues error reports for correction. Assists with defining data requirements (input and output); provides troubleshooting and data validation support when Web-based applications using or capturing AOA data are created, updated, or undergo a fix. Provides backup support to Customer Resources Center (CRC) responsibilities when needed. Must demonstrate teamwork, initiative, adaptability and a willingness to gain new knowledge.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer- or business-related field

Experience: At least three to five years of experience in data management and reporting, with a focus on strong customer service. Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Excel, Access. Experience with SQL preferred. Experience with learning management systems a plus.

Director, Reputation Management
Grade: 14

The AOA seeks a Director who will work with the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to build and manage multi-stakeholder relationships, providing strategic engagement and visibility opportunities for the AOA, the Board of Trustees and Executive Director/CEO, both inside and outside the osteopathic medical profession. Helps to build stakeholder trust in all its dimensions, working to strengthen, protect and defend the reputation of osteopathic medicine through executive communications. Develops key messages, talking points, reports, and bi-weekly leader communications in line with AOA’s Strategic Plan. Reviews and edits all correspondence on behalf of AOA leadership to ensure alignment with AOA brand and message.

Education: Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, political science or related field of study. Master's degree in related field preferred.

Experience: 10+ years of progressive experience in public relations, politics or corporate environment. Ideal candidates has experience building coalitions and managing relationships with diverse constituencies on behalf of organizations and/or leaders; experience managing narrative/message development and building thought leadership through digital/social media; experience in issues/crisis management; and experience working with senior executives and board members.

Marketing Communications Manager
Grade: 13

The AOA seeks a Marketing Communications Manager to develop strategies to market AOA programs and services to members and nonmembers. Works collaboratively with AOA departments to create, execute and measure marketing programs designed to recruit and retain members. Provides counsel to osteopathic state/specialty organizations on communications activities; and contributes to external outreach to the public including through the AOA’s brand visibility campaign.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or a related field of study.  Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Five to eight years' related experience. Health care experience helpful.

Coordinator, Postdoctoral Training
Grade: 9

The AOA seeks a Coordinator to coordinate activity and processes pertaining to official AOA program and institution site reviews. Coordinate pre-review documentation for the Division of Training Program Review Services. Act as primary resource and first contact for programs being reviewed. Responsible for comprehensive customer service and administrative support to the Division of Postdoctoral Training  This entails, but is not limited to, providing customer service to members, osteopathic graduate medical education programs, directors of medical education, program directors, specialty colleges and OPTIs. Individual will assist division staff with other projects within the division.

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred

Background in association work, preferably medical or education.

Database Manager, AOA/AACOM Collaborative Data Project
Grade: 13

The AOA seeks a Database Manager to manage the development of a unified research data base for conducting various kinds of research on the osteopathic workforce, osteopathic medical education – both undergraduate and graduate, and other research projects as developed. Initially the data base manager will work with existing databases from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to merge selected data elements from the unique data sets maintained by each organization. The goal is to create a unified research database to meet the needs of the two associations, others who may conduct research in various areas of osteopathic medicine, and federal and state agencies and others who may find the data useful. Although the project will initially only include data from AACOM and the AOA, over time, additional data sets from other sources may be added as appropriate.

Education: A master’s degree or equivalent experience in database management and development.

Experience: At least five years of experience developing and managing data base projects and data and the proven ability to manage multiple projects at one time. This position also requires good communication skills with a variety of internal and external parties.

System Engineer
Information Technology
Grade: 14
The AOA seeks a System Engineer experienced in Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and a virtualized environment using VMware / Citrix.  The position will work on a variety of projects in an IBM Blade Center environment with ISCSI SANs, including implementing and administering virtual servers with Linux (Apache, PHP, MySQL, Postfix) and Windows servers (SharePoint, MS SQL, Exchange, Active Directory). The position will also work with email relays, spam filters, anti-virus, and network monitoring software. Help lead and participate in the administering, development, implementation and support of business and/or technical information technology solutions encompassing multiple specializations that are deployed on variety of platforms using wide spectrum of technologies. Must be able to work in a team environment and provide both leadership and support to other team members.

Education: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems or equivalent work experience.

Experience: Five or more years' experience with Linux and administering Microsoft Windows systems, as well as wired and wireless network systems. Three or more years' experience administering Red Hat, Fedora or CentOs; with email services (Exchange, postfix, Spam Assassin, Clam AV, Mailman); with Web services ( Apache 1.x/2.x, PHP, Blog, SSL, CGI); with databases (MySQL, Oracle, and MS SQL); with database Web connectors (JDBC, ODBC); and with scripting (Perl, csh/bsh/ksh). One or more years of SharePoint administration. Must have strong project management skills, strong customer service skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to exchange information with others clearly and concisely, and the ability to present ideas and facts. General understanding of hardware, operating systems and network technologies. Strong performance management/monitoring and memory management/monitoring skills. Ability to maintain own work flow and work under minimal supervision. 

Department: Information Technology
Software Development Engineer
Grade: 14
The Software Development Engineer will develop custom software to support new organization requirements, integrate legacy systems, and update existing systems. You will design, build, test, and maintain systems using SQL Server and various web technologies including .NET, SharePoint, Wordpress, and ColdFusion. You will be involved in the full development lifecycle for new and existing systems.

This is an office-based position. Travel in Chicagoland may include occasional weekend attendance at meetings. Travel outside Chicagoland may include conferences or significant AOA meetings (once or twice a year).

Responsibilities: Software development, technical support, and problem solving. Design activities including analysis, software and database design, and packaged solutions integration. Understand pros and cons of alternative solutions, avoid unnecessary complexity, and suggest creative approaches. Work with other developers and non-IT staff and management. Coordinate activities with contractors and third-party vendors

Requirements: Two to four or more years of software development experience. One or more years of web software development experience. Experience with Visual Studio .NET (ASP.Net, VB.Net, and/or C#). Experience with JavaScript, CSS, HTML. Experience with SQL (MS SqlServer or Oracle). Experience with Object-Oriented programming. Comfortable working in small teams and independently

Desired experience: Experience with Agile, Scrum, Kanban, or XP is a plus. Experience with jQuery, AJAX, web services, XML, SOAP, and/or REST is a plus. Experience with SharePoint and/or Web Parts is a plus. Experience with Wordpress and/or PHP is a plus. Experience with ColdFusion is a plus. Experience with iMIS is a plus

Education: Bachelor's degree in computer science or similar discipline or equivalent in technical training/experience.