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. 

Associate Executive Director of Research and Development
Grade: 19

The AOA seeks an Associate Executive Director of Research and Development to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and is directly responsible for the development and implementation of the research grant programs and other initiatives of the organization that include all Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education (OGME). The AED marries AOA’s strategic direction, the results of research initiatives, and effectiveness of grant-making to demonstrate the impact of AOA’s programs to its donor base and the entire osteopathic community.

The AED will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and supervise the programs and activities of Quality and Research. The department will include clinical quality, research development, public health, applied research, development of revenue strategies to support research, and all programs related to research (e.g., research conferences, clinical assessment and survey design).

This AED partners with AOA’s development team to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; maintains ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituents; and takes part in coordinating various programs and educational opportunities for donors, AOA constituents, grantees and the general public. Under OGME Development, this position will staff the Bureau of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Development (BOGMED) and work collaboratively with the Association of Osteopathic Directors of Medical Education to increase the numbers of osteopathically focused graduate medical education programs and slots. 

Additionally, the AED will work closely with volunteers and oversee the staffing of the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, the Council of Research, the Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, the Council on Women’s Health Issues, the Council on Palliative Care Issues, and the Council on Minority Health Issues.

Education: JD, PhD, or master’s degree, minimum.  Degree should be in law, a health-related discipline, and/or education.

Experience: Six to eight years in health facility legislative and regulatory arenas, with significant concentration in graduate medical education. Experience in directing grant programs. Knowledge of best practices in grants management. Sound judgment and professional maturity and have strong interpersonal, team-building, and supervisory skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strategic thinking and analytical skills. Ability to work as part of a team and able to relate well with the public, community, volunteers and support groups of the organization. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations; and familiarity with issues in women’s health, palliative care, minority health and other health-related topics. Excellent planning and time management skills.

Human Resources (HR) Generalist
Human Resources
Grade: 10

The AOA seeks a Human Resources (HR) Generalist to have full oversight for HR requests, the full recruitment process for open positions both internally and externally, oversight of orientation and onboarding, and ensuring that all employees have all needs met as relates to general employment requests.

Education Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred

Experience: Two to four years' experience in human resources and human resources information systems (HRIS)

Data and Postdoctoral Training Coordinator
Grade: 9
The AOA seeks a Data and Postdoctoral Training Coordinator to provide information systems support for the Department of Education. This individual will oversee education data for hospitals, postdoctoral training programs, certification candidates, trainees, and OPTIs and will work closely with education staff in development and support of online educational data products including but not limited to CODE, TIVRA and Opportunities; and assists with resource gathering for the OPTI Clearinghouse.

Education: Bachelor‘s degree

Experience: Working with data and experience with cleaning and maintenance of relational databases required

Certification Manager
State, Affiliate & International Affairs
Grade: 13
The AOA seeks a Certification Manager to interact seamlessly with professionals on all levels within the association and the certification process; the ability to handle confidential material with the utmost discretion; deal with highly sensitive situations, and possess scrupulous attention to detail. The ideal candidate will be able to understand a complex system of inter-related activities; to demonstrate critical thinking skills that allow the candidate to draw independent conclusions based on information provided by candidates and board members and will also be prepared to interact meaningfully with the Division Director of CBS based on these assessments at a moment’s notice.

Education: Bachelor's of Science or Bachelor's of Arts.

Experience: Association management

Director - Media Relations
Grade: 14
The AOA seeks a Director who leads media outreach strategy for the AOA to increase national visibility of DOs and osteopathic medicine. Oversees all media relations activities and staff; coordinates media relations activities for major AOA meetings; creates and maintains media relations budget; and helps to lead the Department of Communications.

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

Experience: 10+ years of progressive experience as a journalist or in media relations leadership roles with agencies, professional services firms and/or health care or academic organizations; strong relationships with tier-one media who cover health care/policy. Ideal candidate has experience building high performance media teams with focus on content development and distribution through the full range of traditional and digital/social media channels; five years of management experience. Health care and/or medical journal media relations experience, preferred.

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.

State, Affiliate & International Affairs
Certification Coordinator, Certifying Boards
Grade: 9
The AOA seeks a Certification Coordinator to serve as a highly motivated, detail-oriented, seamlessly organized professional to join our team. The Certification Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day activities for the Division of Certifying Board services as they relate to the Division Director and Certification Manager(s).

The successful candidate will have knowledge of the medical certification process and exhibit the ability to handle confidential materials as well as manage a complex system of inter-related activities on a daily basis.

The right candidate will have excellent computer skills and the ability to draw independent conclusions based on information provided by both candidates and board members alike. The successful candidate will need to be able to work on multiple projects at one time while meeting strict deadlines.

The candidate must be an avid team player and will report to a Certification Manager.