The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that promotes the health of women and newborns. Our mission is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals.

AWHONN’s Diversity Statement

AWHONN is committed to promoting diversity throughout the organization by recruiting, retaining and mentoring a diverse workforce of women’s health and maternal child nurses. We are dedicated to integrate cultural competence and diversity into all aspects of our work and the communities we serve.

Guiding Principles

  • AWHONN strives to shape a diverse work environment that promotes opportunity for personal and professional growth.
  • AWHONN has a responsibility to incorporate evidence based practice in all educational materials for the diverse populations we serve.
  • AWHONN encourages a diverse workforce that complements that of women, newborns and their families.

Our Core Values

Core Values: (as expressed in the acronym “CARING“)
Commitment to professional and social responsibility

  • Accountability for personal and professional contributions
  • Respect for diversity of and among colleagues and clients
  • Integrity in exemplifying the highest standards in personal and professional behavior
  • Nursing Excellence for quality outcomes in practice, education, research, advocacy and management
  • Generation of Knowledge to enhance the science and practice of nursing to improve the health of women and newborns

How to Apply

AWHONN provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

AWHONN remains committed to protecting the health and wellness of our staff while continuing to serve our membership who are sacrificing so much to serve their communities.  In support of our mission, AWHONN is still actively recruiting for vacant positions. However, to help ensure the safety of our staff and applicants, all job interviews will be conducted by phone or virtually until further notice.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and desired salary to recruitment@awhonn.org.

Incomplete application submissions will not be considered.

Current Positions

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Department: Research, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Exemption: Exempt

Position Summary

The Vice President, Research, Policy and Strategic Initiatives provides strategic direction, leadership and administrative management for the department. Manages research, evidence-based practice and public policy/government relations related activities and projects for the association. Oversees library services, archives, copyrights, licensing, trademarks, data analytics, textbooks, monographs, guidelines, standards, position statements, and selected practice briefs for the organization. Provides staff, members, and the public with research resources and information services to support the goals and mission of AWHONN.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop and monitor department budgets.
  • Either independently or collaboratively, engage with AWHONN Vice Presidents and Directors in business contract development and negotiation.
  • Represent AWHONN at national meetings and through coalitions, task forces, federal hearings, Capitol Hill briefs and other external meetings.
  • Remain abreast of current issues, hot topics and clinical findings within the areas of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing. Report findings and recommendations for action to the CEO as needed.
  • Manage the work of outside consultants utilized in accomplishing research related work of the association.
  • Serve as the staff lead for the member-led Public Policy Committee and Research Advisory Panel.
  • Oversee the research abstract review process and selection of small grant, research, and evidence-based practice training awards.
  • Recruit, select, appraise performance, recommend compensation, and handle disciplinary matters for assigned staff.
  • Coach, model, and create opportunities for individual performance, team building, and group development.
  • Promote and uphold all human resources policies, processes and systems.
  • Coordinate research science teams and the dissemination of research related information, including presentations at local and national conferences and the annual meeting.
  • Respond to research questions from other staff and constituents of the organization.
  • Coordinate research-based practice projects.
  • Liaise with private organizations and public agencies to advance the research and government relations/public policy objectives of the organization.
  • Collaborate on activities to educate members and others on the value of research to practice.
  • Support constituents in meeting regional, local and individual needs related to policy, research and implementation of evidence-based care.
  • Work in collaboration with business development staff to recommend external funding sources for research activities and provide grant writing assistance on designated grant proposals.
  • Conceptualize and coordinate AWHONN research studies.
  • Develop and implement a strategic and operational plan for the department.
  • Evaluate pending legislation and survey the impact of legislation on the organization.
  • Write testimony and talking points for campaigns.
  • Develop government affairs strategies and enhance the organization’s image among authorities.
  • Develop the organization’s response to legislation.
  • Build relationships with federal, state and local authorities, regulatory agency heads and key policymakers.
  • Enhance Executive Office capabilities by cultivating new relationships and manage projects to deepen and broaden our impact, while leveraging existing partnerships.
  • Provide project focused support to the Chief Executive Officer to help advance organizational strategic goals and objectives.
  • Act as liaison with member/partner points of contact for coordination of key meetings.
  • Coordinate public comment and requests for letters of support from members and outside agencies.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as appropriate.

Leadership Expectations

Interfaces with the Board of Directors, committee members, public health leaders, experts, government agencies, members of the association, other departmental Vice Presidents, researchers and individuals who have relevant information on research issues to plan, coordinate and advise on research related issues and activities.  Reports to and receives guidance and feedback from the Chief Executive Officer on individual and departmental goals and strategies. Expected to work and lead independently, drawing upon supervisor as needed. Supervise department staff. Contact with members, internal units in answering reference questions and performing extensive research.  Contact with competitor organizations and special interest groups for networking and information exchange.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • PhD in clinical nursing research or related field.
  • At least 7 to 10 years of related professional/ technical experience of which a portion of the experience was heavily involved in the administration, development and dissemination of a research program. Experience in evidence-based practice and quality measurement and implementation a plus.
  • Experience in clinical and research specializing in improving the health outcomes of women and newborns highly desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and facilitate relationships and work successfully with other organizational units to achieve common objectives.
  • Strong listening, communication and collaborative skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management and grant writing.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in strategic thinking and tactical application of the organization’s finite resources.

Remote Eligibility: This position is not remote eligible and is based in Washington, DC. This position may be eligible for telecommuting options in accordance with the organizational policy.

Applications will be accepted for this position through Friday, May 1.

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Department: Executive Office
Exemption: Exempt

Position Summary

The Vice President, Education and Clinical Services is an established nursing leader who provides vision and direction to the department of Education and Clinical Services. This role is critical to the continued growth of the association, through dedicated relationship management and skillful negotiation of clinical contracts and services. There are key areas that are required for successful execution of this role: clinical guidance, strategic vision, external relationship management, staff leadership, education development, and revenue generation.

Duties & Responsibilities

Clinical Guidance
  • Serves as a clinical expert in the areas of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing.
  • In collaboration with CEO, liaison with key nursing and clinical associations, and serves as a resource to the organization and to the Board of Directors.
  • Positions AWHONN as a thought leader before relevant audiences and the media.
Strategic Vision
  • Lead and direct nationally recognized programs within the association.
  • Develops and executes departmental strategic plan, including development of key metrics and evaluation of effectiveness.
  • Facilitate and drive key educational initiatives from inception phase. Scoping and implementing special projects and initiatives to support AWHONN and executing on the long-term vision as well as to meet short-term objectives.
External Relationship Management
  • Oversee all external clinical relationship management and development.
  • Partner and develop strong working relationships with external association and organization leadership, special committees, and consultants to support execution of key AWHONN initiatives.
  • In collaboration with CEO and VP of Business Development, liaises key industry partners and public agencies to advance the objectives of the organization.
  • Leads collaborative efforts with internal and external customers for the purpose of implementing and/or maintaining AWHONN services and programs.
  • Participate in the development of industry partnerships and funding proposals in collaboration with the CEO, Vice President of Business Development and the Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publications.
Staff Leadership
  • Leads professional team of 13 staff who demonstrate a commitment to excellent member service and delivery of cutting-edge educational programs and events.
  • Attracts, cultivates, and retains a strong, inspired staff while developing bench strength and bandwidth.
  • Builds a culture of customer service, performance and accountability.
  • Lead programs that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across the organization, and with external stakeholders.
  • Evaluates project opportunities and, for the purpose of executing and achieving AWHONN objectives within area of responsibility.
Education Development
  • Establishes vision and strategic plan for educational development and oversight.
  • Leads and oversees educational planning for Annual Convention.
  • Curates and implements industry best practices for adult education, and spearheads innovation for content development.
Revenue Generation
  • Builds upon current revenue sources and identifies new value-added services/products and sources of revenue.
  • In collaboration with CEO, guides and develops contract negotiations for clinical development strategies and programs.
  • Develops and ensures a fiscally responsible annual budget that is aligned to the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Drives innovation to enhance value proposition and sustained relevance for members.

Leadership Expectations

Provide ongoing professional mentoring within the organization, assist in expansion of learning,
translation of clinical expertise to non-clinical staff, provide tools to help build knowledge, skills, and
growth capacity. Serve as a knowledgeable resource for new and current staff. Promote positive work environment for all staff and effectively collaborate with leadership team.

Supervision

Supervises large, multi-functional team that includes in-house and remote team members.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Doctoral preparation in nursing (PhD, DNP, DrPH).
  • National certification in nursing strongly preferred (AONL, ANCC, NCC, etc.).
  • Ten (10) years of progressive nursing leadership experience, including executive level leadership.
  • Superior interpersonal capabilities with emphasis on relationship building.
  • Demonstrated history of working independently and creatively.
  • Demonstrated complex problem-solving skills, including interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Demonstrated skill in supporting multiple clients in a highly professional manner.
  • Experience in writing and securing commercial and non-commercial grants preferred.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Customer service mindset.
  • Exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to travel nationally, at times with short notice.
  • Knowledge of systems for project management and timely completion of tasks in high pressure environments.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Remote Eligibility: This position is not eligible for telecommuting, is based in Washington DC and may be eligible for ad hoc work from home hours. Team member will be responsible for adhering to the AWHONN Work from Home policy.

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Department: Executive Office
Exemption: Exempt

Position Summary

Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Assistant (EA) role is a highly visible position at the organization, requiring interaction with a broad range of internal and external constituents and playing a key role in support of our mission. The EA provides overall administrative and project support to the CEO and serves as a key liaison to the Board of Directors. The Executive Assistant must be able to work independently with minimal supervision and exercise sound judgment. The Executive Assistant must be exceedingly well organized, proactive, resourceful, and efficient. The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role.

Duties & Responsibilities

Board Management & Governance

• Provides principal administrative support to CEO and select members of the Board of Directors.
• Responsible for effective Board communication and meeting management in accordance with
parliamentary procedures and Robert’s Rules.
• Manage organizational Bylaws, review, revision, and overall compliance.
• Prepare meeting minutes and maintain corporate documents.
• Plan and oversee logistical arrangements for all Board and Executive Committee meetings, including space and facility needs, meals and refreshments, supplies, and technology.

Administrative Support

• Responsible for complex calendar management, requiring interaction with both internal and external executives and assistants, as well as consultants.
• Assists with organization-wide meeting planning.
• Represents the CEO and organization in a professional and congenial manner.
• Manages CEO’s travel arrangements.
• Composes, edit, design, and format documents
• Assists CEO in communication management and prioritization
• Prepares meeting materials for dissemination to meeting participants.
• Prepares expense reports and reimbursements for the CEO.
• Assists in budget development and management for Executive Office.
• Proactively support the CEO to ensure their prepared and equipped for success.
• Reviews and summarizes miscellaneous reports and documents and briefs the CEO as needed.
• Prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, and follow through on issues in a timely manner.

Facilities & Operations

• Assist CEO in facilities, building, and operational management, as needed

Supervision

Reports to the CEO. Essential responsibilities are performed independently with general guidance and approval via the CEO.  Clear guidance is given on difficult or non-routine assignments or as requested.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in an Executive Assistant role with proven ability to succeed
  • Prior experience providing high-level support to boards, committees, or other similar work groups
  • Working knowledge of parliamentary procedures and Robert’s Rules
  • Minimum of five years of experience managing projects and initiatives
  • Ability to learn and anticipate the needs of executives and board members
  • High degree of personal and professional integrity and the ability to work with confidential information
  • Experience working under pressure and managing multiple, competing tasks and priorities
  • Experience drafting agendas, presentations, reports, and correspondence on behalf of senior executives
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to be self-directed, take ownership, and see projects to completion in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate with others on behalf of the CEO and board
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong customer service orientation
  • Excellent writing, copy editing, and formatting skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively, exercising good judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to achieve shared goals
  • Strong project management, organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • High-level of proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and SharePoint) and Adobe (Acrobat DC), and ability to quickly adapt to new technologies
  • Ability to take part in meetings and events outside of core business hours

FLSA Classification

This position is classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

Reports to: Interim – Chief Financial Officer
Department: Finance and Accounting
Exemption: Exempt

Position Summary

The Staff Accountant will support the Finance, Administration & Technology Department by coordinating accounting information with Sections and Chapters. Expected to treat all clients, vendors and fellow employees with professionalism, courtesy and respect. Required to maintain a positive and constructive attitude while being a team player.

Duties & Responsibilities

Section & Chapter Accounting and Processing

• Reconcile and prepare balance sheet account schedules for Sections.
• Assemble and ensure accuracy of financial reports for Sections.
• Arrange the general ledger for Sections and Chapters.
• Process Sections’ and Headquarters’ cash receipts and revenue
• Manage wire transfers between accounts.
• Work with auditors at year end by providing them all required audit schedules.
• Assist with the preparation of monthly financial package for the Sections.
• Assist interim CFO with preparation of Section’s annual budget.
• Perform other duties and responsibilities as appropriate.

Section & Chapter Customer Support

• Liaison with Sections and Chapters to obtain financial information and to assist with financial questions.
• Interface with stake holders both inside and outside the organization to obtain and provide information.
• Volunteer customer accounting support to Sections and Chapters as needed.
• Provide assistance during Annual Convention or other AWHONN events.
• Act as gatekeeper for Section’s Bill.com processing, including review of invoices submitted and routing to Section leaders for approval using this web-based accounts payable system.

Supervision

Reports to interim CFO. Routine assignments are handled within the parameters of the defined pattern of work with periodic review.  Clear guidance is given on difficult or non-routine assignments or as requested. Occasionally work is reviewed while in progress, but all work is reviewed upon completion.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent.
  • At least 2 to 4 years of related accounting experience including working with auditors and in an association environment. Experience working with chapters and affiliates is a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to perform accounting tasks in a timely, complete and accurate manner with great attention to details.
  • Experience working with and maintaining accounting software applications specifically Sage
  • Intacct and Bill.com.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities.
  • Proficient in MS Excel and Word.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as proven customer service skills
  • Knowledge of accepted accounting practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of auditing practices and principles.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and work independently.
  • Ability to handle sensitive/confidential information with tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision.

FLSA Classification

This position is classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.