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.  

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.

Manager, Postdoctoral Training
Grade 13

The AOA seeks a Manager to provide oversight and management of operations required in the accreditation process to approve postdoctoral training programs, provide inspection services and new program billing, and serve as Secretary to the Program and Trainee Review Council (PTRC)  and Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions (COPTI). Supervises two Program Coordinators and one Internship, Institutions, and Program Services Specialist. Ensures quality program inspections. Ensures that all Council decisions are consistent with the Basic Standards, The Basic Document for Postdoctoral Training, and Council Handbooks. Supports the Division Director with Council on Postdoctoral Training policy and issues. Manages OPTI  inspection documents. Provides staff oversight of annual OPTI Workshop and Inspector Workshops. Assists with project management in Postdoctoral Training. 

Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Association or education background; management experience preferred. 

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.

IT Department Coordinator
Information Technology
Grade: 9  

The AOA seeks an Information Technology Department Coordinator to serve as "primary contact and dispatch" for the Information Technology Department and for the support desk. They provide training curriculum and materials, as well as being the liaison for training in a classroom environment. They coordinate computer training services to all AOA staff members and maintain accurate computer training status information. They interface with vendors on billing issues, process invoices, and maintain the department files. They provide support for department management in the areas of budgeting, procurement, finance, and travel. They help coordinate project activities for the division directors. They develop training materials and department communications for the AOA staff and board of trustees.

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

Experience: Minimum three years' professional PC help and information technology experience.

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.

Program Manager
Client and Member Services
Grade: 12

The AOA seeks a Program Manager  who serves as the key staff person managing special projects for the Membership Department with the direction of the department director to contribute to overall success in member and student engagement, recruitment and retention initiatives to grow AOA membership and other department projects. Manages all activities related to the AOA Mentor Program, including the Mentor Recognition Program. Serves as secretary to the House of Delegates Credentialing Committee, Council on Student Affairs and the Mentor Selection Committee. Key point person on OMED initiatives as assigned.  Responsible for the development and ongoing management of member benefit programs developed in the department that increase the tangible value of AOA membership. The person in this position must demonstrate teamwork, initiative, adaptability and a willingness to gain new knowledge.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communication or business related field.

Experience: Five to seven years' business or project management experience.

Policy Engagement Director
Government Relations
Grade: 14

The AOA seeks a Policy Engagement Director to develop and analyze federal legislative and regulatory policies that advance and strengthen the osteopathic medical profession. The individual builds strategic alliances and collaborates with nonprofit and for-profit health care organizations, coalitions, and offices/agencies, including securing engagement opportunities, to strengthen and support AOA health care policy recommendations. The position will oversee and execute the nominations of DOs to federal panels and committees. In doing so, the position will be responsible for seeking nomination opportunities and engaging interested and qualified osteopathic physicians in the process. The position will collaborate with Department Director on agendas for Bureau on Federal Health Program meetings, Health Policy Forums, town halls, and other meetings as necessary.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, communications or related field. Advanced degree in political science, public policy, health care policy, government law or related field highly desirable.

Experience: Minimum of five years' previous experience in similar position; at least three years of health care policy experience with a federal agency, on Capitol Hill, or with health care trade association highly desirable.

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: Minimum of three years' experience working with data and experience with cleaning and maintenance of relational databases required.

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.