Feb 08, 2023

Director, Adolescent Health and Substance Use Initiatives

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Hybrid (Itasca, IL, USA)
Full-Time Health Care Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

Seeking a new Director to join our Public Health Initiatives team to be responsible for the following:

·       Direct national programs designed to support adolescent health promotion, including issues of tobacco use prevention, reproductive health, and LGBTQ health and wellness.

·       Direct the operations and strategic growth of programs, research, and policy development and implementation for adolescent health promotion activities.

·       Direct the coordination of all tobacco related projects from multiple funding sources throughout the AAP, as well as with the research partners across the country. 

·       Guide strategy development, securing of funds, and implementation and evaluation of assigned initiatives, including oversight of assigned AAP committees, councils and sections related to adolescent health, LGBTQ health and wellness, and substance use.  

·       Oversee assigned budgets, staff, subcontractors, and consultants, and facilitate collaboration across AAP and external partners to ensure alignment of programs.

·       Represent the AAP in a liaison capacity with external organizations and federal agencies. Promote adolescent health in all aspects of program work and across the AAP.



·       Bachelor’s degree in public health, health care administration, social work, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. 

·       At least six years’ experience managing and leading public health programs, including planning and administration; technical writing and/or editing; writing grant applications; managing budgets; and supervising staff.

·       Experience working in a medical association and on adolescent health issues including reproductive health issues, tobacco and/or substance use prevention and/or LGBTQ health and wellness.

·       Excellent organizational, verbal/written communication, interpersonal, diplomacy, critical thinking, negotiation, project management, budget oversight, grant management, and leadership skills required.

·       Must be able to handle a varied and heavy workload, manage multiple priorities simultaneously, take initiative to advance a large portfolio of work, lead teams, facilitate and coordinate efforts among partner organizations, collaborate effectively with various internal and external constituents, and promote and maintain a positive and cooperative team-orientated 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 to advance work initiatives; experience with virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams), document collaboration platforms (eg, SharePoint), and budgeting software (eg, Acumatica) preferred.

·       Some travel and evening/weekend work required, as well as the ability to be flexible with work schedule to accommodate physicians’ availability.

Why work for the AAP?

·       Flexible hours and a focus on work/life balance.

·       State-of-the-art building equipped with standing desks, treadmill desks, cycle desks, on-site fitness center, and on-site exercise classes.

·       An on-site cafeteria with food costs that are subsidized by AAP.

·       Strong focus on mental health and wellness.

·       Tuition reimbursement.

·       Competitive PTO and sick leave.

·       Excellent parental benefits, including adoption assistance.

·       A full list of benefits can be found here.

Hybrid work environment of 40% of work time in the office per month.

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


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.



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