Overview

Grant-funded through August 2026

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, is seeking a collaborative project manager to lead the operations of the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network (RPPN). This newly created position will integrate telehealth efforts, disseminate knowledge, and support partnerships that ensure widespread integration of the medical home in disaster planning efforts.

As part of the Pediatric Population Health team at our Chicago suburb headquarters in Itasca, IL, this role has a hybrid working arrangement of 40% on-site. 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. Manage and lead strategic planning efforts for the RPPN Medical Home Domain, including administration, budgeting, planning, monitoring, evaluation, and program development.
2. Lead relevant grant and cooperative agreement activities specific to the Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network.
3. Collaborate with RPPN project managers to schedule, support, coordinate, and oversee implementation of QI collaboratives of the RPPN.
4. Manage strategic alignment of the Medical Home domain with other RPPN domains by assessing needs of the Medical Home Domain and the needs of other domains across the network, sharing of resources, and identification of appropriate follow up to ensure connections between the Medical Home Domain and other teams.
5. Work with the Medical Home Domain Steering Committee and Advisory Committee to conduct pandemic preparedness needs assessments.
6. Represent the AAP at meetings with project officers, foundations, and other external partners on active public RPPN activities and develop reports for AAP leadership and external partners/funders as needed.
7. Identify and develop methodologies for strategic collaboration with local, state, and national leaders of public and private programs, family organizations, professional associations, and related organizations across programs as requested by the Medical Home Domain and RPPN leadership.
8. Lead the development, production, publication, and dissemination of materials including any newsletters, after-action discussions, evaluation, and promotional materials.
9. Leverage the AAP reach by working with other AAP staff to provide pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals with knowledge and tools to support families in their communities during pandemics, and to improve access to care for children and their families with content developed through the RPPN.
10. Manage assigned grant budgets and processing of expenditures and work with the AAP Finance staff to prepare required reports to the funders.
11. Participate in AAP cross-functional teams related to disaster preparedness and response.

Qualifications needed:
1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, health education, emergency management, or a related field required, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience. Master’s degree preferred.
2. At least four years’ related experience in public health program planning, project management or program management and administration required, including leading teams, working with medical professionals, and budget management. Experience with grant management/reporting, disaster planning/recovery initiatives, and working with federal agencies highly desired.
3. Excellent organizational, communication, diplomacy, critical thinking, interpersonal, project management, and verbal/written communication skills required. Must be able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, work both independently and as part of a team, take initiative, collaborate effectively with various internal and external constituents, 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 the ability to learn and apply new technologies; knowledge of web collaboration platforms (eg, SharePoint) and virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams, Zoom) preferred. Some travel and evening/weekend work required, as well as the need for flexibility in accommodating 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.