Feb 08, 2023

Senior Director of Subspecialty Initiatives

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

Job Description

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare, is seeking a Senior Director of Subspecialty Initiatives. This newly created position will oversee and provide strategic direction and guidance on the development, implementation, and evaluation of Subspecialty Initiatives (SI) activities, program areas, constituent committees, sections, councils, and task forces. Will oversee and direct all operational budgets, grants/contracts, and strategy implementation for SI initiatives, and ensure consistent, efficient operational procedures across all constituent entities. Represent the AAP, AAP member constituents, and SI initiatives in a liaison capacity to the Board of Directors (BOD), staff leadership, and external organizations, and present on AAP initiatives at national, state, and local level conferences and meetings. Establish and strengthen relationships between SI and external associations, federal agencies, and foundations, and provide strategic guidance on the implementation of various federal, national, state, and local initiatives addressing SI issues and topics. Responsible for leading initiatives to secure funding to support and grow SI initiatives and oversee all budgets and external funding resources.


Qualified candidates will possess:

1.       At least seven years’ related experience managing and leading health administration, community health planning, public health and/or administration required, including strategic planning implementation; policy development and implementation; grant and contract proposal development, management; fiscal oversight of operational and grant/external funding sources; serving as a liaison between various constituents; and supervising staff. Some knowledge of practice management and children’s health care policy issues required. Knowledge of medical terminology preferred. Health care payment model and payment advocacy experience helpful.

2.      Bachelor’s degree in health administration, public health, nursing, or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred.

3.       Must be a strategic and innovative thinker with knowledge of the health care industry and related trends and working with federal agencies on public health initiatives and the implementation of grant activities and compliance. Excellent organizational, verbal/written communication, interpersonal, diplomacy, critical thinking, negotiation, project management, budget oversight, grant management, and leadership skills required, as well as proficiency with MS Office. 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, WebEx, Teams), 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.


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.


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.



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