Aim of the Position -- To advance the mission and vision of the AOTF by developing initiatives that build knowledge and research capacity for the science of occupational therapy, managing the scientific programs of the Foundation, and serving as the Foundation’s scientific affairs representative.
Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate the Foundation’s scientific programs and ensure alignment with the Foundation’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Serve as the AOTF scientific programs representative to the AOTF’s internal stakeholder groups: Scientific Advisory Council, Board of Trustees, Scientific Review Group, and Academy of Research.
Serve as the AOTF scientific programs representative to the AOTF’s external stakeholder groups: occupational therapy partners (AOTA, NBCOT), external scientific community, organizations, associations, governmental agencies, and academic institutions.
Engage the Foundation’s key stakeholder groups in the work of the scientific programs of the Foundation.
Promote the visibility, reputation, and support of the Foundation’s research initiatives through programs, presentations and publications.
Monitor the external environment for priorities and opportunities that build research capacity and advance the science of occupational therapy.
Examples of Duties
Develops, implements, and tracks activities of the grant programs.
Collaborates with Communications Manager for newsletters and other communications.
Coordinates meetings of key stakeholder groups.
Nurtures relationships with the scientific community and donors to strengthen support for the Foundation.
Prepares and presents reports to internal and external audiences.
Responds promptly to inquiries related to the Foundation’s programs.
Plans, implements, and evaluates conference events.
Proposes and coordinates new research initiatives.
Oversees the fiscal and programmatic accountability of scientific programs.
Serves on the leadership team of the Foundation that advises the CEO.
Education and Experience
Doctoral education (PhD, ScD, or clinical degree with relevant research experience).
Research experience (preference given to research in occupational therapy, rehabilitation science, geriatrics / gerontology, or psychology / psychiatry) including peer-reviewed publications.
Preference will also be given to those with experience working with the disability and/or rehabilitation communities.
Skills in program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Knowledge of institutions of higher education and funding institutions, particularly those with a research mission.
Strong oral and written communication skills to both scholarly and non-scientific audiences.
Willingness to travel on an irregular schedule to represent or implement Foundation scientific programs.
Attention to detail in managing and monitoring programs.
Experience in tracking trends in science, education, policy, and practice to inform strategic directions.
Skills in collaborating with individuals and with groups, facilitating group process and decision-making, and networking with colleagues and representatives from diverse environments.
Skills in developing and managing grant programs and related activities.
This position is a full-time, exempt position. Position will be based at the AOTF headquarters in Rockville, MD. This is NOT a remote position.
Please send cover letter summarizing qualifications and Curriculum Vitae/Resume to Dr. Scott E. Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, AOTF at HRDept@aotf.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Note: AOTF does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability status, race, gender, nationality, sexual preference, or religion in its hiring practices. AOTF complies fully with the employment laws of the State of Maryland and subscribes to best practices as an at-will, non-profit employer. Employees who work more than 60% time may qualify for employment benefits.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About The American Occupational Therapy Foundation
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable, scientific and educational organization founded in 1965. It serves the public interest by supporting occupational therapy research and increasing public understanding of the important relationship between everyday activities (occupations) and health. It accomplishes its aims primarily through grants and scholarships, through programs, and through publications. AOTF envision's a vibrant science that builds knowledge to support effective, evidence-based occupational therapy. AOTF's mission is to advance the science of occupational therapy to support people's full participation in meaningful life activities.