Senior Vice President of Research and Medical Education

Highly Competitive Compensation 
Generous 403(b) Retirement Plan Match 
Fully Paid Medical and Dental

POSITION TITLE: Senior Vice President of Research and Medical Education
CLASSIFICATION: Professional, Exempt
STATUS: Full-time
LOCATION: Chevy Chase, MD. Moving Summer 2017 to Bethesda, MD
DATE: April 17, 2017

Company Overview

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education.

Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty and students of over 33 osteopathic medical schools operating through over 48 campuses across the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans and various other member councils and committees, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education.

Position Details

AACOM is seeking a Senior Vice President to lead our newly-reorganized Research and Medical Education Department.

The SVP for Research and Medical Education ensures the department advances AACOM’s goals and objectives. As a key member of the senior management team, the SVP reports directly to the CEO and provides a research and medical education perspective for AACOM’s planning and operations while continually striving to improve the overall quality of AACOM’s services and programs to its members (Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine – COMs), the larger medical education community, medical students and prospective students, faculty and administrators, as well as other organizations important to AACOM’s mission.

The Senior Vice President leads AACOM’s Medical Education activities, devising and supporting programs to advance osteopathic medical education at all levels by developing information to analyze and disseminate best practices in medical education, specifically, osteopathic medical education. This includes creating and maintaining alliances and contacts with faculty, administrators, and others engaged in medical education and providing leadership within key networks in the osteopathic medical education community paths. The SVP participates in and promotes programs such as the AACOM Medical Education Grant Program and the Medical Education Scholar in Residence Program. In addition, s/he manages relationships with institutions, such as the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, the American Medical Association’s Medical Education initiatives, International Association of Medical Science Educators, National Academy of Medicine’s Osteopathic Fellowship, Association of Osteopathic Medical Librarians, and the Council of Student Government Presidents.

The Senior Vice President directs AACOM’s research activities which consist of developing and managing databases and retrieval systems supporting medical education research, as well as the osteopathic approach to medical practice and education, maximizing the quality of outputs and products while identifying innovative and appropriate technology to maximize effectiveness. Research activities include major national, special, and ad hoc surveys in the medical education field. This area of responsibility also includes partnering with the COMs, particularly deans and constituent groups, to enhance the efficacy of osteopathic medical education models, osteopathic workforce and workforce outcomes, as well as access to care and its relationship to osteopathic medical education and practice.

The Senior Vice President participates in the monitoring of federal guidelines and policy priorities and is responsible for developing responses to these issues related to all aspects of health professions education and research. In the role, they engage with other individuals and entities that study health profession education and workforce. The SVP is also responsible for developing, negotiating, and managing various data sharing agreements to support the performance of descriptive and analytic statistical analysis.


The ideal candidate will have exceptionally strong management and people skills and the ability to build a high-performance, service-based team. This candidate will possess a broad-based background, understanding and dedication to improving higher education, in particular as it relates to medical education.

  • PhD, DO, MD, or equivalent advanced degree. Exceptional candidates with equivalent levels of experience may be considered. 
  • At least 15 years experience, including at least 10 years at the Vice President or equivalent level, in the areas of research with higher education/medical education experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability and experience developing a department-level strategic plan, developing a related budget, and achieving results against plan objectives and budget requirements.
  • Exceptional management skills with proven ability to motivate and work well with others and develop a team-focused and customer service-oriented department coupled with the ability to build strong, productive relationships at all levels of an organization and with outside organizations to achieve results.
  • Strong background and management abilities in statistical and database research.
  • Broad-based experience with organizations promoting improvements to medical and health profession education.
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, especially the ability and experience preparing and presenting reports.
  • Experience in grants management, fund-raising, and financial and business relationship development and management.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to be physically in attendance at workstation at designated company office location during normal business hours designated for the position.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds to a height of 48 inches and/or roll a cart with a loaded weight not to exceed 150-200 pounds is required.
  • Ability to operate office equipment.
  • Ability to travel to locations outside of the Washington, DC area in the United States and/or internationally.

AACOM is an equal opportunity employer. EOE, M/F/D/V.