Program Manager, Maternal and Child Health Initiatives

American Academy of Pediatrics

About the organization

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a membership organization of 67,000 pediatricians and approximately 475 staff committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP promotes pediatrics and advances child health priorities by developing policy, conducting research, building coalitions, raising public awareness, funding community-based projects, and supporting training and professional education for our membership.

Mission: The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To accomplish this mission, the AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.


Grant Funded

The AAP seeks an engaging communicator to manage grants related to capacity building on maternal and child health related topics. Work will be performed onsite at our Itasca, IL location within the Pediatric Practice and Health Care Delivery team.

Some duties include:
1. Manage and implement activities of assigned grant projects focused primarily on breastfeeding and oral health, including preparation of required progress reports and reporting materials, continuation applications, and other required documents.
2. Build capacity through development of AAP education and training resources to improve knowledge and expertise of pediatricians and other relevant specialists.
3. Facilitate and organize quality improvement focused learning collaboratives, monthly virtual meetings with educational institutions, hospitals, and/or practices focused on funded maternal and child health topics.
4. Provide administrative support to relevant project advisory groups; follow-up on relevant action items.
5. Identify and monitor the work of consultants, execute and oversee subcontracts necessary to complete project activities.
6. Establish and maintain relationships with funders and other key partners.


1. Bachelor's degree in health administration, public health, nursing, or a related discipline or an equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience required.
2. Two to three years' related experience in program coordination/management required, including educational program development and/or implementation and budget management, preferably in the public health or child health field. Experience working with pediatricians, community outreach, grants management, program evaluation and quality improvement, social media communications, and coordination of public health partnerships preferred.
3. Excellent interpersonal, communication, diplomacy, organizational, and written/verbal communication skills required. Must be outcomes-oriented and able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, take initiative, work both independently and as part of a team, lead collaborative efforts across multiple organizations, adapt well to change, assimilate information for a variety of target audiences and promote and maintain a positive and cooperative team-oriented work environment with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Strong technical acumen essential with proficiency in MS Office and the ability to learn and apply new technologies; familiarity with web maintenance software (eg, SharePoint), social media platforms (eg, Twitter, Facebook), and virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams, Zoom) preferred. Some travel and evening/weekend work.

Application instructions

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The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-6266297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

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