Positions Available as of 5/17/2017

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is seeking to add an experienced Director of Policy Research to our team of high-performing professionals.
In this position, you will be responsible for conducting in-depth research and complex analysis of reports, scientific studies, and other information affecting academic dentistry and oral health care. You will synthesize large volumes of information in order to focus on issues of importance to the Association. You will draft policy positions, summarize reports, give presentations, represent the Association on committees, workgroups and task forces; coordinate the production of white papers, issue briefs, talking points and other written materials. You will establish collaborative relationships with agencies, institutions and organizations to further the goals of ADEA. In collaboration with others, you will seek and obtain grants and other funding for projects and initiatives of the Association.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Chief Policy Officer and in collaboration with other ADEA divisions, conduct research for and write ADEA issue briefs, white papers, fact sheets, reports, summaries and other written materials.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on behalf of the Association to members, agencies, institutions and organization to further the goals of ADEA.
  • Identify, monitor, evaluate, and analyze national and state trends, factors and actions that have potential to positively or negatively impact dental education, dental research and oral health. 
  • Identify funding sources, write grant proposals and seek other funding for policy related initiatives.
  • Provide strategic and technical assistance to inform members of issues affecting academic dentistry, dental research and oral health. Respond to members’ inquiries regarding policy issues.

Desired First Year Outcomes

In the first 6 months, you will make contact with key collaborators and partners, identify trends and key issues to be addressed, identify potential grants and funding sources, review ADEA publications and Association reports, and in collaboration with the Chief Policy Officer, Senior Vice President of Educational Research and Analysis and the Senior Vice President of Access, Diversity and Inclusion, draft a plan for reports and publications over the next 6 months.


  • A master’s in public health (M.P.H.), public policy (M.P.P) or relevant field and a Ph.D., doctoral level degree in dentistry or other health professional field is required. 
  • At least 6 years of previous relevant educational and work experience in policy and health research. 
  • The organizational level of this position requires analytical skills, acute attention to detail; self-motivation and confidence; and professional discretion with sensitive and confidential materials. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on effective verbal and written communication are required. Strong organizational and planning skills are essential. 
  • Proven accomplishments in publishing scientific or policy manuscripts.
  • Proven experience in writing and obtaining grant or other support funding.
  • Ability to develop partnerships and alliances with critical agencies and institutions.
  • Experience in public speaking and presentation.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Have the ability to travel on a frequent basis.

Apply Online at http://adea.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2xox1bl513a

About ADEA
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals.

The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. For more information, visit www.adea.org

Posted 5/17/2017