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Director, Executive and Internal Communications

Chicago, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America Req #69
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The mission of the American Osteopathic Association is to advance the distinctive philosophy and practice of Osteopathic Medicine.


Working with the Vice President, Communications and other department leaders, the Director of Executive and Internal Communications develops key messages, talking points, presentations and reports to drive awareness and understanding of the AOA and its strategic priorities. The Director gathers and disseminates news from departments including Certifying Board Services, Education, Membership and Affiliates for organizational stakeholders through various AOA channels. This role also provides presentations, talking points, speeches and thought leadership assistance to the CEO, President and President-elect and AOA Trustees.


The following description of job responsibilities and standards is intended to reflect the major responsibilities and duties of the job, but is not intended to describe minor duties or other responsibilities as may be assigned.

Under the direction of the VP, Communications:
• Works across departments to develop strategic updates/reports for internal and affiliated stakeholders
• Contribute to development of the narrative for various internal and external stakeholders
• Coordinate with the Executive Administration department on planning and execution speaking opportunities/invitations
• Assist with social media strategy and execution for CEO, President and President-elect
• Produce/manage development of speeches, talking points and presentations for the CEO, President and President-elect and other members of the Board of Trustees for internal and external audiences
• Produce run-of-show, awards and other planning of critical meetings including House of Delegates and OMED
• Collaborate with Communication Department colleagues on executive thought leadership and visibility, including content and opportunities that promotes DOs and the osteopathic medical profession
• Attend meetings of the AOA Board of Trustees and/or AOA Bureaus, Councils and Committees as appropriate


A. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field of study.

B. Experience: 7-10+ years of progressive experience. Ideal candidates have strong writing and narrative/message development skills; experience with complex, highly matrixed organizations; a track record of building visibility and thought leadership through digital/social media; and experience working with senior executives and board members.

C. Licensure or Certification: N/A

D. Special Skills: Strong time management skills and the ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks efficiently. Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access) and email marketing platforms. Must be a team player, have superior attention to detail and strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task. Must be high energy, positive, maintain a professional attitude and take pride in the work product.

E. Communications: Exceptional written communication and presentation skills required.

This is an office-based position with minimal out-of-state travel (estimate 5% effort). The ability to work longer than standard business hours during the week and the ability to work weekends as requested and as needed is a crucial component to this role.

Physical demands include the ability to remain in a stationary position, 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
  • Travel % 5
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
  • Chicago, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America