Opportunities at AAHD

American Association on Health and Disability – Executive Director Position

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) www.aahd.us is a national cross-disability non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to ensuring health equity and inclusion for persons with disabilities. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, advocacy, education, policy, and knowledge translation efforts at the national, state, and community level. AAHD strives to promote health equity for people with disabilities and advocate for full community inclusion and full accessibility.

AAHD is seeking an Executive Director to be based and serve full time in its Rockville, MD headquarters. The Executive Director will report to the AAHD Board of Directors, while leading the organization to fulfill its mission of promoting health equity, inclusion, and accessibility, and reducing the incidence of health disparities in people with disabilities across the lifespan.

The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director are to provide visionary leadership for AAHD; oversee multiple contracts/grants; expand the organization’s research agenda; provide guidance and leadership in areas of programmatic and policy development; oversee strategic planning; supervise staff, coordinate with Board of Directors on fundraising strategy; and provide leadership in budgeting and fiscal management. The Executive Director is expected to have a strong background in public health and disability, and represents AAHD’s interests at the national, state and community levels, while understanding and supporting the overall vision of AAHD’s goals, mission, values and initiatives.

The ideal candidate for this position should possess leadership experience at the national level and their resume should reflect experience supervising a large team of professionals along with national initiatives/research projects. The position requires a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of disability and health, with at least 8 years of experience in a leadership role at a national disability/public health organization.  The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in disability, public health, law, education, or other social sciences; and possess skills to work collaboratively with partners at the federal, state, and community level. The ideal candidate will have experience collaborating with the federal government and private foundations and be expected to participate in frequent national coalition meetings, national conferences and be comfortable with public speaking. Minimal travel is required. The opportunity to telecommute up to 2 days/week maybe possible.

The Executive Director of AAHD must be highly focused and mission driven and have excellent multi-tasking skills. The position requires a creative, “outside the box” visionary spirit, with the ability to develop short term and long-term strategic plans that serve the long-term goals of AAHD. The Executive Director must be able to express ideas intelligently and be comfortable interacting with people with disabilities, board members, staff and consultants, partners and funders while also representing AAHD at the national level in Washington, DC with advocates, members of Congressional staff, national coalitions, and potential funders.

AAHD activities are largely funded by federal agencies and foundations. The official journal of AAHD is the Disability and Health Journal (www.disabilityandhealthjnl.com). AAHD is governed by a national board of directors.

Please send resume and cover letter by March 17th to edsearch@aahd.us.  PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS.

AAHD is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.