The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, is seeking to fill a newly created role that will manage and facilitate the development and implementation of project deliverables related to the identification and care for children, and their families, with chronic disabling conditions, focusing on spina bifida and muscular dystrophies. This role will provide support to quality improvement (QI), educational, and programmatic activities regarding the early diagnosis, treatment and care for children and families with chronic disabling conditions such as spina bifida and muscular dystrophies; provide technical assistance to pediatricians and other health professionals in primary and subspecialty care settings on how to better integrate related care considerations and guidelines into practice; and provide support to overall organizational goals and objectives focused on children and youth with special health care needs.


Hybrid working arrangement of 40% on-site at our Chicago suburb headquarters in Itasca, IL.


All AAP employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; requests for a medical or religious accommodation regarding this vaccination can be submitted for consideration upon an offer of employment.


Some tasks include:

1.             Lead the implementation of programmatic activities including educational offerings, quality improvement activities, resource development, promotional campaigns, and awareness activities.

2.            Serve as secondary staff to applicable expert panels, working groups, and other related project teams providing project management and appropriate follow-up and follow through with staff, consultants, vendors, volunteers, and other partners.

3.            Coordinate and participate in the identification and convening of subject matter experts/faculty expert groups, related to the project, in line with the AAP Equity Agenda.

4.           Assist the Manager, Birth Defects and Infant Disorders in preparing funder applications, grant continuation materials, reports and other written materials to provide updates on the status of projects and activities. Maintain appropriate systems to track and evaluate program activities

5.            Develop program materials (eg, evidence-based resource materials, training curricula and tools, project protocols) and promotional materials (eg, newsletter and listservs, articles, flyers, and brochures).

6.            Initiate, develop, and manage applicable communication plans, and promotional and awareness building activities.

7.            Plan, implement, and manage quality improvement initiatives, including development of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) application(s) and reporting.

8.            Assist with managing program operating budget(s), including helping to prepare financial and management reports for funder(s).

9.            Respond to inquiries and correspondence from program collaborators, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) fellows and other physicians, allied health professionals, governmental agencies, higher education institutions and other organizations as it relates to program activities.

10.        Oversee work of program consultants and/or subcontractors, including preparation of contracts, review of products/materials and management of expenditures.


Qualifications needed:

1.             Bachelor’s degree in public health, health administration, public administration, health policy, education or related field required, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience. Master’s degree preferred.

2.            At least two years’ related experience in public health program coordination/management required, including budget management; preferably in a medical association or national advocacy organization. Experience with grant management knowledge of public health issues, health education strategies, prevention, and pediatric chronic conditions, and/or medical home and QI concepts preferred.

3.            Excellent organizational, project management, interpersonal, diplomacy, and verbal/written communication skills required.  Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, take initiative, work both independently and as part of a team, lead collaborative efforts across multiple organizations, adapt well to change, assimilate information for a variety of target audiences and promote and maintain a positive and cooperative team-oriented work environment with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong technical acumen essential with proficiency in MS Office and database management and the ability to learn and apply new technologies; experience with web maintenance software (eg, SharePoint), budgeting software (eg, Acumatica), and virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams) preferred. Some travel and evening/weekend work required, along with the need for flexibility in arranging work schedule to accommodate physicians’ availability.


To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit https://www.aap.org/employment.

The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response. ​

About American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a membership organization of 67,000 pediatricians and approximately 475 staff committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP promotes pediatrics and advances child health priorities by developing policy, conducting research, building coalitions, raising public awareness, funding community-based projects, and supporting training and professional education for our membership.