The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the national not-for-profit association established in 1863 & representing over 95,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services, is seeking an Assistant Director to join our Animal Welfare Division located in our headquarters office in Schaumburg, IL. Structured to work for its members, AVMA acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the profession. Our mission is to lead the profession by advocating for our members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.
Reporting to the Division Director, the Assistant Director’s primary role is to assist the Director and other Division staff in implementing AVMA policies and objectives related to animal welfare. The Assistant Director provides scientific staff support to assigned governance entities that develop and recommend policy for the AVMA. They will work collaboratively with volunteer leadership and other staff to identify and research related issues of importance to the profession; and will also assist in developing and maintaining informational and educational materials and programs addressing animal welfare and humane endings for use by veterinarians, governmental agencies, other nongovernmental organizations, and the public. The incumbent should have experience working with stakeholders with varying perspectives; experience in laboratory animal medicine and research is a plus. Approximately 15% travel.
The AVMA offers a flexible/supportive work environment & excellent benefits. Deadline for application is 2/17/20. Application must include cover letter, resume, recent publications & salary requirements. Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the AVMA:
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an office 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. The AVMA provides a number of benefits to its members, including information resources, state and federal advocacy, opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession 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 dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget.
To be successful in this role, you must be highly collaborative and passionate about AVMA’s mission and increasing member satisfaction and engagement. Additional qualifications include:
Must hold a DVM/VMD or PhD with demonstrable technical and research competence.
Demonstrated knowledge of, and expertise in animal welfare and scientific inquiry.
Experience in the areas of humane endings and laboratory animal welfare strongly preferred.
Must be able to perform interdisciplinary literature searches and critically evaluate scientific studies (including appropriateness of study design and quality of data).
Must be able to synthesize information, and write clearly, logically, and persuasively on complex scientific subjects for scientific and non-scientific audiences.
Must be able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines with excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).
Must be able to effectively interact and communicate with members of the scientific and non-scientific communities.
Must be able to organize, plan, and manage group meetings and be skilled in facilitation of consensus among multiple perspectives.
Must be able to function well autonomously and as a team member.
Familiarity with basic computer software required (e.g., Microsoft Word, Web browsers and search engines, Excel, PowerPoint).
Familiarity with statistical software preferred (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R).
About American Veterinary Medical Association
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Government 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 veterinary profession. The AVMA provides many benefits to its members, including information resources; state and federal advocacy; opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession 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 dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference. The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits, including generous health insurance, retirement and paid time-off plans. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable work environment where work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun! For more information, please visit www.avma.org.