Executive Fellow, RJU-IFD Fellowship, for the Executive Office based in Washington, D.C.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. We are currently seeking an Executive Fellow, RJU-IFD Fellowship, for the Executive Office based in Washington, D.C.

AHA Vision: The AHA vision is of a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health. 

AHA Mission: To advance the health of individuals and communities. The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement. 

For more information about AHA, please visit www.aha.org.

Executive Fellow Description: The Richard J. Umbdenstock–Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (RJU-IFD) Executive Fellowship is 12-month full-time intensive hands-on learning, study and professional development opportunity for a graduate of a master’s program related to health care administration, public health or a related field, based in the AHA’s Executive Office in Washington, D.C. It is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about health care, the future of our nation’s health care delivery system, and aspires to a leadership role in transforming health care.
The Executive Fellowship is the ideal opportunity for an individual whose career-goal is to lead a hospital and or health care system, is seeking experience across multiple disciplines, including public policy and advocacy, while interacting with America’s health care leaders.

Essential Functions

1. Conduct research, and provide analytical and other support for the Executive Office, supporting the President and CEO of the association. Duties will include research for blogs, correspondence, issues, interviews, background reports and other product for senior AHA executives.
2. Take part in executive level activities, attend governance meetings, including meetings of the AHA Board of Trustees, and play an active role in other strategic initiatives.
3. Participate in cross association projects to organize and capture learning and recommendations for health care transformation. Cross association projects may include association-wide initiatives and organizational priorities, which provide a foundation of analysis and identification of education tools and resources for hospitals and health care systems.
4. Serve as liaison to the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, and assist with diversity and equity initiatives.


• Master’s degree in health care administration, business administration, public health, health services administration, or related degree from an accredited program.

• 3-5 years previous professional work experience required, of which 1-2 years of experience should be in a health care setting.

• Some experience interacting with senior leaders preferred.

• Knowledge Requirements: Prior experience working with senior executives. Advanced communication development, proofreading, editing and time management. Proficient in research. Attention to detail and accuracy is essential. Ability to grasp complex issues and synthesize to summary explanations. Strong knowledge of health care policy and issues facing the hospital field.

• Technical Requirements: Microsoft Office Suite, with expertise in MS Word and Power Point essential. Project management software expertise a plus.

• Desired Executive Fellow Attributes: Broad knowledge of health care issues. Flexible and able to manage changing priorities effectively. Intense work ethic. Mission oriented. Passion for improving the health care system, with a focus on hospitals and health systems. Self-starter. Strong project management skills. Strong writing, communication and analytical skills.

• 10-30% travel.