Vice President Communications

16 Aug, 2021


Vice President Communications

Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO)
Washington, DC

About the job

The Vice President, Communications will direct communications activities across ADSO’s key strategic initiatives by working closely with the association’s leadership, team and public affairs agencies. The Vice President oversees internal and external communications programs, manages the communications team and oversees committee engagement on an ongoing basis.


The Vice President, Communications works closely with the Executive Director to determine strategy and execution of plans, including those impacting government relations initiatives, and interactions with opinion leaders, dentists, dental schools and the public about issues related to ADSO and the industry. This responsibility will be an area of critical focus for the association.

The Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO) is a non-profit organization comprised of DSO member companies, several association partners and more than 180 industry partners. ADSO represents Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) before the public, policymakers, and the media.


The ADSO Vice President, Communications will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Coordinating with the Executive Director for seamless execution of ADSO initiatives and operational excellence in support of ADSO objectives.
  • Directing effective internal and external communications initiatives; providing strategic and long-term focus for design and support of programs and initiatives.
  • Providing thought leadership and perspectives on industry “data” and decide how it is communicated externally and internally to our “audiences.”
  • Supporting and coordinating support for ADSO Executive Director messaging.
  • Communicating strategically to simplify complex ideas through the lens of stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with ADSO Government Relations Committee and team to develop strategic and tactical messaging on key initiatives both externally and internally.
  • Managing public relations team in advancing ADSO goals and objectives, including website design and content, press statements, weekly reports, state advocacy and grassroots initiatives, member information and activity, and promoting the ADSO Annual Summit.

Professional experience/qualifications

Qualified candidates will meet the following requirements in order of priority:

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in a responsible leadership position in a corporation, trade association, or non-profit organization with increasing levels of responsibility for communications, public affairs, constituent and media relations.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills, effectively analyzing and assessing opportunities and threats, prioritization of focus, analyzing and anticipating developments as well as emerging trends, threats and opportunities.
  • Comfort with ambiguity including the ability to process and synthesize significant amounts of disparate information and intelligence, and to assess and share such.
  • Ability to develop an argument and communicate complex topics into an understandable short narrative across a range of interested parties, including members, public policy stakeholders and external audiences.
  • Strong and effective written and oral communication skills, and the demonstrated ability to lead while seamlessly and collegially partnering with internal and external teammates.


An undergraduate degree in Journalism, Public Relations, or related field of study preferred.



A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract an outstanding candidate.



There is approximately 25% domestic travel estimated for this position.



This is a largely sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see and lift small objects up to 15 lbs.



Send cover letter and resume to Melissa Forburger ( Phone calls will not be accepted. Contact from recruiting agencies will also not be accepted. This position is open until filled.

Job posted: 2021-08-16