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Vice President, Accreditation

Chicago, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Req #62
Friday, August 2, 2019
The mission of the American Osteopathic Association is to advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of Osteopathic Medicine.


This is a senior staff position.  This position serves as the secretary to the AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), an independent body, which serves the public by establishing, maintaining, and applying accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that academic quality and continuous quality improvement delivered by the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) reflect the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine. The scope of the COCA encompasses the accreditation of the COMs.

The Department of Accreditation is responsible for providing staff support to the AOA’s accreditation program for colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM).  The Vice President directs the operations and administration of the Department of Accreditation and provides staff leadership in development of all programs administered through the department.



A. Directly supervise the AVP, Accreditation and the Accreditation staff.
B. Lead the development and implementation of strategic initiatives to advance the mission of COCA.
C. Coordinate staff evaluations and recommendations for promotion, retention and demotion.
D. Develop departmental revenue and expense projections and review budgets for submission to the Senior Vice President of Education and Accreditation.  Assist other budget managers of the department in the preparation and submission of their budgets.  Monitor and review budgets throughout the year.
E. Analyze and recommend staff support for assigned committees.
F. Analyze and recommend personnel needs of the department.
G. Serve as official AOA liaison to the U.S. Department of Education.
H. Serve as liaison to the AOA Department of Government Relations on matters related to the Higher Education Act and other topics pertaining to osteopathic medical education as may be assigned.
I. Maintain liaison with American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and other stakeholder groups and external agencies as directed. 
J. Prepare reports for AOA officers and staff as directed.


A. Education: Earned doctoral degree, D.O. or Ph.D., preferably in a health-related discipline or in education. 

B. Experience: General administrative and management abilities acquired from at least 8-10 years of management experience in a health care or other professional association, or experience at a senior executive level with an institutional or programmatic accrediting agency or experience of a similar nature in an osteopathic medical education program.

C. Licensure or Certification: n/a

D. Special Skills and Equipment: Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills with an outcome orientation. Must have superior interpersonal skills and knowledge of medical education administration and the accreditation policies and procedures of the U.S. Department of Education. Demonstrated ability to manage a team.  Exceptional verbal and written communication skills including public speaking.

This position is based in the AOA Chicago office. Significant travel including evenings and weekends is required (up to 35%).  

Physical demands include the ability to remain in a stationary position, the ability to move from one work site to another, the ability to operate office equipment and the ability to move supplies and equipment up to 25 pounds.


This position description reflects the assignment of essential functions.  It does not restrict additional tasks that may be assigned.  This job description is subject to change based on the needs of the organization.

AOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Required Education Doctorate
  • Chicago, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America