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Executive Director

American Optometric Association

  • Location: St. Louis, MO

The American Optometric Association represents approximately 44,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

Position Overview

The Executive Director serves the AOA as its Chief Executive Officer, administering the business and overall management of the AOA and its subsidiaries, Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation and AOA Excel. The Executive Director recommends the formulation of new policies to the Board of Trustees, provides policy and program leadership, and implements approved policy within existing guidelines approved by the Board of Trustees and/or the House of Delegates. The Executive Director coordinates staff of approximately 100 employees in carrying out programs and activities of the association to meet the objectives established by the Board of Trustees.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • A Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) or equivalent is desirable.
  • Graduate work in health sciences or association management is also regarded as desirable.