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Excellence in Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology is a non-profit medical specialty association that was founded in 1938. All the work we undertake on behalf of our members, their patients and the public is guided by a clear vision of excellence in dermatology, and our mission of promoting leadership in dermatology, and excellence in patient care through education, research and advocacy.
With over 200 employees, we support the largest, most influential dermatology group in the United States. With a membership of more than 20,500, the AAD represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States, as well as a growing number of international dermatologists. The AAD is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association is the sister organization to the AAD, and is the resource for government affairs as well as health policy and practice information for dermatologists. It plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care.
The AAD seeks to reflect the following values in all our programs and initiatives:
Patients first: Compassion, caring and listening are at the heart of delivering the highest-quality dermatologic care. We are working to ensure members' ability to facilitate access to dermatologic care and deliver the highest quality of care.
Professionalism: Adhering to an uncompromising code of clinical and ethical standards among ourselves and with the public. The cornerstones of these standards emphasize honesty, integrity, transparency and mutual respect.
Lifelong learning: Pursuing knowledge and continuous improvement, embodying a spirit of intellectual curiosity and interchange through self-assessment and ongoing evaluation.
Rigorous inquiry and creative work: Pursuing excellence through innovation, creativity, critical evaluation and open dialogue.
Collaboration: Working together with mutual respect, collegiality and transparency. Collective and coordinated efforts through partnerships and teamwork encourage engagement, inspire ideas, create essential dialogue, and foster synergistic results.
Social responsibility: A dedication to the greater good. Community leadership, volunteerism and stewardship are hallmarks of our ability to contribute to public health.
Diversity: Acknowledging, respecting and valuing differences. An inclusive approach to people, ideas and practice styles includes a willingness to listen to all points of view. The result is collectively better because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
When employees talk about why they love working at the AAD, you’ll hear “my co-workers are amazing,” “benefits are fabulous” and “the flexibility helps me balance it all” again and again. We believe hiring the right candidate involves more than just finding someone with a hard-skill set. As a membership association, it’s important to us that our team is comprised of adaptable, innovative, and collaborative professionals who embody our core values. In short, we look for employees who are:
Collaborative: You can establish and maintain effective work relationships, readily share information, resources, and credit when due, and offer assistance and support to stakeholders. You have a “we” vs. “me” mentality, but you aren’t afraid to share your own opinions respectfully.
Strong communicator: You’re able to express ideas clearly, keep stakeholders informed, and actively listen and respond positively.
Dependable: Follow through is second nature to you, and you have a keen ability to anticipate competing demands and correct courses to accomplish and meet deadlines.
Strong decision-making capabilities: While considering both short- and long-term implications of decisions, you make quality decisions in a timely manner, even under uncertain conditions.
Professionalism: You’re able to do what you say, follow-through on commitments, be transparent and speak up for what you believe is right. Accountability, integrity and diplomacy are skills that you use all the time when working in a respectful and purposeful manner to accomplish effective outcomes.
Innovative: You display energy and enthusiasm, generate suggestions for improving work, processes, and procedures, and meet challenges with openness and resourcefulness.
You’re going to love it here!
The AAD is proud to work with a supportive staff that creates a purpose-driven and growth-oriented environment that values integrity and fosters creativity. Our management style promotes open communication and collaboration while providing teams with the guidance needed to ensure the success of each individual. You’ll find we are dedicated to recognizing achievements and contributions, and financially back a commitment to your continued learning and growth. Most importantly, the AAD understands the need for balance between career and personal lives, making it a highly respected and desired place to work.
In addition to a great culture, we have a list of fantastic benefits for eligible employees. Here’s a quick guide to them:
Medical insurance: Choose between three different medical insurance plans that best fit your needs and lifestyle.
Dental insurance: This benefit includes preventative, basic and major dental services as well as orthodontia care.
Vision insurance: This benefit includes exams, lenses, and frame coverage.
Flexible spending accounts: We have a variety of flexible spending accounts including medical, dependent care, commuter and health savings accounts. Eligible employees can set aside pre-tax income to pay for eligible expenses.
Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance: This benefit is two times your annual salary up to $250,000.
Short- and long-term disability insurance: This benefit pays 60% of the employee's salary for eligible time away from work.
403(b) plan: The AAD matches dollar for dollar up to 6% of the employee's contribution. Eligible employees can contribute up to 40% of their compensation to the annual deferral limit on a pre-tax basis.
401(a) Pension plan: Eligible employees receive an amount equal to 5% of their compensation.
Vacation days: Full-time employees accrue 10 days per year for one to three years of service; 15 days per year for three to 10 years of service; and 20 days per year after 10 or more years of service. New employees receive a prorated amount of vacation days during their first year of service.
Sick days: Full-time employees accrue 12 days per year. New employees receive a prorated amount of sick days during their first year of service.
Holidays: Full-time employees receive nine scheduled, paid holidays and three floating holidays per year.
Incentive compensation program: Cash bonuses are based on the achievement of organizational and departmental goals.
Performance appraisal program: Formal supervisor and self appraisals are conducted every year and merit increases are awarded based on annual performance appraisal ratings.
Work-life balance programs: These programs provide staff with a more flexible work environment while meeting the needs of the AAD. This includes our volunteer program, employee assistance program, employee matching gift program, flexible work arrangements, and many more options.
Working on Wellness (WOW) program: Our WOW program provides all AAD employees fun incentives and opportunities for participating in a variety of healthy lifestyle activities.
Recognition programs: In recognition that employees are our most valuable asset, the AAD has established a recognition program to reward and recognize employees. This includes gift cards, additional time off, years of service awards, and many more options.
Tuition reimbursement: After six months of service, full-time employees may receive reimbursement up to a maximum of $5,250 in a calendar year for accredited courses at a university. The AAD pays on a scaled reimbursement schedule based on the grade achieved.
Through AAD humanitarian programs, we carry out our commitment to educate the public about healthy skin, hair, and nails in an effort to motivate them to take positive action in improving their quality of life, and in the case of skin cancer, save lives. Additionally, we recognize the importance our employees place on their ability to give back to their communities and to charities they feel close to and support those efforts through our employee programs.
It is currently estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Numbers like that make a world without skin cancer seem an impossible goal. But it is within our reach.
A world without skin cancer is an achievable goal and the American Academy of Dermatology is committed to reducing the incidence of and mortality from skin cancer. Public education is the key. By educating the public about how to reduce their risk of skin cancer and how to spot skin cancer, we can help change behaviors and ultimately save lives.
The American Academy of Dermatology cannot achieve this goal alone. While we know there are thousands, if not millions, of individuals, organizations and corporations that share our goal, we need to present a united front to be the most effective with our combined efforts. That’s why the AAD launched SPOT Skin Cancer™. This large-scale public awareness campaign is designed to involve the public, the AAD’s membership of more than 20,500 physicians worldwide, other health organizations, media, and for-profit corporations to advance the public’s understanding of skin cancer and motivate them to change their behavior to prevent and detect skin cancer.
The AAD's Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.
Since its launch in 1999, the AAD's Shade Structure Program has awarded 400 shade structure grants, which provide shade for over 3 million individuals each day.
With the AAD’s Skin Cancer Take a Hike!™ you can join a hike in your area or donate to an upcoming hike. This program supports skin cancer screenings, provides grants to install shade structures, and provides sunscreen dispensers to communities throughout the U.S. Every step is a step towards a world without skin cancer.
Employee matching gift program: We gladly help support the charitable efforts of our employees by giving them 50 percent of every dollar they donate to an eligible charity, up to $100 per year.
Volunteerism program: Employees receive 7.5 hours of paid volunteer time each calendar year. Time can be used in hourly increments.
I worked at American Academy of Dermatology part-time
Flexible work environment with lots of social perks and interesting projects
Occasional imbalance of workload among managers observed depending on objectives and staffing
Advice to Management
Screen employees about skill sets and willingness to work as a team to get urgent tasks done during regular meetings
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at American Academy of Dermatology (Rosemont, IL) in July 2018.
Following the phone screen, I had a 30-minute Skype interview with the hiring manager. From there, I had to complete a lengthy practical challenge. They decided to move forward with me for a half-day interview, meeting with about 5 people in July. However, their expectations on when I would receive a decision was all over the place. The HR manager told me I would likely know at the end of the week. After I realized that deadline wasn't attainable, I checked in with them about once a month and they kept saying they "hope to be wrapping up interviews within the week." I finally received a no at the end of October. I would suggest they fine-tune their interview process and how they handle informing candidates.
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