May 08, 2024

Manager, Disaster Management Initiatives

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

Job Description

Seeking a strong leader with excellent communication and diplomacy skills to manage the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children and Disasters (COCD) and related disaster management initiatives. This manager will also be responsible for managing the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of AAP policy, advocacy and education related to emergency preparedness and disaster management; managing the development of publications related to the topics addressed by the COCD, including policy statements, manuals, professional and caregiver education materials, conference proceedings, etc.; and coordinating the review/approval process of draft policy and other materials and ensure other interested AAP entities provide input as appropriate.

Candidates should possess the following:

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

·       At least three years’ related experience in public health program planning and administration, including fiscal/budget responsibility, facilitating collaboration between various partners, editing/drafting correspondence and reports, and developing educational materials/resources, preferably related to disaster management activities.

·       Experience with technical writing/editing, grants management/writing, pediatric public health issues, and working in a medical association, state public health agency, or national advocacy organization strongly preferred.

·       Excellent organizational, interpersonal, diplomacy, critical thinking, project management, verbal/written communication skills required.

·       Must be able to handle a heavy workload, manage multiple priorities simultaneously within established deadlines, work both independently and as part of a team, think creatively, take initiative, pay close attention to details, collaborate effectively with various internal and external constituents, quickly pivot as disaster response needs arise, 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; experience with document collaboration platforms (e.g., SharePoint) and virtual meeting platforms (e.g., WebEx, Teams) preferred.

·       Some travel and evening/weekend work required, along with the need for flexibility in arranging work schedule to accommodate availability of physicians and other subject matter experts.

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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 (chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/

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

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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