Who we are: It all starts with purpose

We are a purpose-driven nonprofit with a dynamic staff culture. With a meaningful purpose, motivated staff and excellent benefits, working here will definitely have you smiling! The ADA’s headquarters is located just steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and close to public transportation. With more than 400 colleagues, the ADA Staff are some of the most talented people in the Chicago, Washington D.C. and Maryland area. Come join our team!

Top Work Places - Chicago Tribune - ADA staff
ADA Top Work Place Awards 2019 and 2020
The ADA is a Top Workplace

The ADA was named a Top Place to Work in 2021 and 2019 by the Chicago Tribune.

Discover work that makes you smile

When you work with us, your efforts will help strengthen the art and science of dentistry and improve the public’s oral health.

Diversity and equal employment opportunity
The ADA values diversity of backgrounds and experiences and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified job candidates and engages in an active affirmative action program. The ADA is an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment in open positions without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.

ADA Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The ADA cares about the health and well-being of our employees. Our benefits plans reflect this and offer our employees competitive options. This summary is intended to provide a general overview of many of our plans. A complete summary of applicable specific benefit plans will be provided during the employment process.

Protecting your health

The ADA provides quality healthcare benefits that are affordable for employees and the company.

  • Medical coverage options include a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and a Consumer Driven Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). The ADA provides employees with a contribution to their Health Savings Account (HSA).
  • We offer a direct reimbursement dental plan at no cost to employees and their dependents.

Insuring your life and income

  • Basic life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) at no cost to the employee.
  • Supplemental life insurance options for employee, spouse and child(ren) are available.
  • Employee leave plans include paid leave for maternity leave, parental/bonding for mothers and fathers and family care leave to take care of a loved one.
  • Disability plans include short-term and long-term disability
  • Travel accident insurance provides employees with insurance while traveling on ADA business.

Balancing your life and work

  • Vacation and personal days: Paid time off includes vacation days as well as personal days. Eligibility depends upon the employee’s position and length of service. In addition, the ADA offers 10 Holidays for eligible employees.
  • Sick / emergency leave: The ADA provides a maximum of six (6) paid sick or emergency days annually for full-time employees.
  • Reimbursement accounts: These accounts allow employees to contribute money on a before-tax basis to cover eligible expenses, per Internal Revenue Service guidelines. There are two accounts: The Health Care Flexible Spending Account for healthcare expenses for employees and dependents, and a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account for child care or dependents incapable of self-care.
  • Transit / commuter parking program: Employees may set aside pre-tax dollars for certain transportation and parking expenses.
  • Employee assistance program: The ADA provides at no cost to employees, a program to help manage the demands of everyday life. This assistance includes consultations, referrals, financial services and manager consultations all on a confidential basis.
  • Tuition assistance and adoption benefit: The ADA provides employees with a reimbursement towards their tuition costs and adoption fees.

Savings and planning for your future

  • The ADA currently offers competitive retirement benefits that include a 401k Plan which allows employees the opportunity to contribute from 2 percent to 50 percent of total pay on a pre-tax and Roth 401(k) basis up to the IRS maximum and the provides an annual contribution at the end of each year in the amount of 4% of salary.
  • The Association also provides a pension plan to employees.
  • Student loan refinancing is available through a benefit partner.
  • Long-term care plan is available where employees may elect to apply for long-term care insurance coverage at their cost. Benefit examples include activities of daily living, home health care, respite care as well as care in a nursing home and assisted living facility.
    Current benefits are subject to change at any time and the ADA does not guarantee the continuation of any current and/or future benefit.
Our Core Values

Commitment to Members

Members are the purpose of our work. We work collaboratively to serve our diverse membership and ensure the advancement of the profession of dentistry. We create and support tangible products, programs and services that serve our members.


  • We reflect the highest values, ethics and principles in everything we do.
  • We strive to earn members’ loyalty and trust every day.
  • We show respect to fellow coworkers.
  • We recognize that our actions and attitudes contribute to the reputation of the ADA.


We take great pride in our work, infusing innovation, creativity and commitment into everything we do by bringing our best efforts to the ADA every day.

Commitment to the Improvement of Oral Health

  • Staff — The better we serve one another, the better we serve members and the public. We actively support a healthy work environment.
  • Members — We provide members with the most accurate information and resources that benefit themselves and all those they serve.
  • Public — We promote programs that improve the oral health of the public. (For example, Action for Dental Health, MouthHealthy.org, Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, Patient Education products, ADA Seal of Acceptance program, GKAS, international volunteer programs)


  • We promote awareness of Association resources on scientific information and how to use them.
  • We provide objective, accurate, unbiased evidence/data/information.
  • We provide leadership and scientifically sound insight into emerging oral health issues of concern to the public and dental profession.


We are committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting a diverse field across all business relationships, including:

  • Staff
  • Volunteers
  • Vendors
  • Communities of interest

We believe diversity involves a daily commitment to empower each other through:

  • Genuine respect.
  • Sharing and valuing others’ thoughts, perspectives, and beliefs.
  • Treating others the way that they want to be treated.


We foster an inclusive decision-making process through flexibility and openness to change, in support of an innovative and dynamic culture that produces sustainable results.

We strive to incorporate inclusion into our everyday decisions and interactions to put diversity into action.

Learn about the ADA’s commitment to a diverse, inclusive workforce.
Professional growth
Online and in-person training is offered year-round to help you learn and grow personally.
Community involvement
ADA staff receive paid time off to support the volunteer activity of their choice.
Health benefits
Supporting your well-being with medical and dental coverage, parental leave and more.
Competitive pay, retirement savings programs, student loan refinancing and more.
Recharge and rebalance
Generous paid time off assures that you can take restorative breaks when you need them.