Job Description

This job opportunity is located in St. Petersburg, Florida Overview

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Guideline Advisor . The successful candidate will be considered a joint employee of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Location of the selected candidate is flexible provided location allows for effective and cost-efficient travel.

This Guideline Advisor is responsible for providing Project Management Support to expert writing committee members during the development and production of Clinical Practice Guideline documents. You will become an expert in AHA/ACC guidelines methodology, procedures, and style. You will also be responsible for overseeing manuscript preparation for organizational approval and final publication in scientific journals.

Day to day activities include planning, scheduling, materials preparation and facilitation of weekly teleconference committee meetings over the 14-month development process, hands-on document draft compilation, editing, reference linking, and version control. Because our volunteers are active clinicians in many locations, some meetings may occur before or after usual business hours. Ongoing open communications with volunteers and staff is key to smooth workflow and early resolution of any issues.

Essential Job Duties

  • Act as primary liaison and project manager for assigned guideline writing committee(s) including planning, scheduling, and facilitating committee agendas and meetings. Identify and develop relationships with expert volunteers for writing committee members leading to real-time draft development, virtual and/or face to face meetings, and consensus conferences. Build collegial and productive ongoing relationships with expert clinical and scientific volunteer writing committee members during draft development as well as kickoff and consensus conferences.
  • Support writing committee literature review and preparation of study-based evidence tables and clinical practice recommendations including supporting text and references. Coordinate with staff evidence review specialists to facilitate statistical data Analysis as required.
  • Integrate written materials drafted by multiple authors into a single document using Microsoft Word and rigorously edit under the direction of the writing committee chairs. Assist guideline writing committee members with creation of figures (ultimately produced by a graphic Designer for publication) and tables as needed.
  • Prepare and manage schedules and track progress of guideline writing committees to ensure that the project is running on schedule and deadlines are met.
  • Proof-read final, board-approved documents for accuracy, format, and style; and prepare files for delivery to journal publishers.
  • Participate in professional meetings such as the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions (May), AHA Scientific Sessions (November) and guideline writing group committee meetings (kick-off meetings and consensus conferences) throughout the year, as needed.
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


The successful candidate will have prior experience with the development and production of Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Other Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field of study.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience in medical or health research writing or editing.
  • Prior Heath Care content or Project Management experience.
  • A passion for helping bring the best in evidence-based healthcare to a wide population.
  • Excellent communications, customer service, and volunteer management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development.
  • Knowledge of systematic evidence review, development of evidence tables, and clinical research.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills as well as the ability to work well under strict deadlines and high production requirements.
  • Superior writing, proofreading/editing, spelling, and grammar skills as well as attention to detail and accuracy in all written communications.
  • Advanced MS Word skills (e.g., working knowledge of styles, section breaks, headers/footers, tables, track changes). Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe.
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 15% of the time. ​
Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Public Health, Epidemiology or related Health or Medical Research.
  • Experience with medical writing, proofreading, and editing.
  • Experience in association or similar environment with customer service orientation and committee management.
  • Familiarity with reference management software (Endnote) and Guideline Development Software (Indico.
So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Employees scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the medical, dental, and vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of service. AHA subsidizes the medical and dental cost to ensure benefits are affordable. Eligible dependents under AHA’s group benefit plans include legal spouse, domestic partner, children under the age of 26 or who are disabled. AHA offers additional benefits like an EAP, telehealth benefit for general medical and behavioral health, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability.

Retirement Plans: AHA retirement plans offer employees a way to start saving after their first paycheck. The retirement plans provides employer contributions after two years of service. If you have previous 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, within the last 5 years, at a national health agency, an institution of higher learning or a medical institution, that experience may count towards the two-year waiting period. Employees are 100% vested in employee and employer contributions.

Paid Days Off: Regular full-time and part-time employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO) based on years of service. PTO begins accruing on date of hire. Full time employees receive one paid Community Service time off day per year and are encouraged to participate in projects, programs and organizations which contribute to the health and vitality of their communities. AHA also offers 12 paid holidays per year.

Leaves of Absence: AHA offers both Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits which replace earnings if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for Short Term Disability after 90 days of service and are eligible for Long Term Disability after being disabled for 90 days or more. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks off of work for a qualified leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent FMLA leaves and leave as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-TX-Dallas Posted Date 15 hours ago (4/28/2021 6:08 PM) Requisition ID 2019-3962 Job Family Group Science and Research Job Category Science & Research Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50 US-Anywhere Location: St. Petersburg,FL American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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