The AVMA is seeking an Assistant Director for our Animal Welfare Division (AWD) in our Advocacy and Public Policy Strategic Business Unit (SBU) located at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, IL, a northwest suburb of Chicago
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its 88,000+ members, and acts as a collective voice for the membership and for the profession. AVMA provides a number of benefits to members including information resources; state and federal advocacy; and opportunities to address issues and affect policy that govern the profession and the practice of veterinary medicine; continuing education opportunities; quality publications; and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of AVMA is carried out by a staff of over 150. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $30M annual operating budget. For more information, visit https://www.avma.org/AVMAcareers .
Reporting to the Division Director, the Assistant Director helps support the association’s animal welfare-related public policy and advocacy efforts by assisting the Director, other Division staff, and AVMA volunteer entities in developing and implementing AVMA policies and objectives related to the welfare of farm animals with a species emphasis including, but not limited to, cattle, equine, small ruminants, swine, and farm-raised aquatic animals. They will facilitate and provide scientific staff support for assigned governance entities that develop and recommend proposed policy for the AVMA, and oversee approved programs and projects designed to achieve the association’s objectives related to the welfare of farmed animals. The Assistant Director works collaboratively with volunteer leadership and other staff to identify, research, and analyze related issues of importance to the profession, and assists in the development and maintenance of educational and informational materials and programs for use by veterinarians, governmental agencies, other nongovernmental organizations, and the public. Serves as a project lead for student and recent graduate educational initiatives with regard to animal welfare, including coordination and management of the Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment Contest. The Assistant Director also supports the Director by providing input and ideas that help achieve the strategic objectives of the Division, within the context of meeting overall objectives for the Advocacy and Public Policy SBU.
Deadline for application is March 30, 2017. Submit cover letter & resume with salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The qualified candidate will have a DVM/VMD or PhD in animal science, animal behavior, or a related field; DVM/VMD with additional advanced degree and/or board certification in animal welfare is preferred with demonstrated knowledge of, and expertise in farmed animal welfare issues and science. Must hold a doctoral-level degree with demonstrable scientific competence in veterinary medicine, animal science, animal behavior, or a related field and be able to synthesize information, and write clearly, logically, and persuasively on complex scientific subjects for scientific and non-scientific audiences. We are looking for a collaborative team player who can also function well autonomously, with excellent written & verbal communication skills, strong project management skills and able to organize, plan and manage group meetings. Must also be skilled at the diplomatic facilitation of consensus among multiple perspectives. Good computer skills and the ability to interact effectively with the scientific and non-scientific community are also required. Up to 25% travel.
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members, and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession and provides a number of benefits to its members, including information resources, state and federal advocacy, opportunities to address issues and affect policy that govern the professio...n and practice of veterinary medicine, continuing education opportunities, quality publications, and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a staff of over 150. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $30M annual operating budget. For more information, visit www.avma.org. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference.The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits! Our insurance, retirement, and paid time off plans are very generous. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable working environment. Work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun!