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The team at OAR is made up of a small, dynamic team of passionate individuals, working towards making a meaningful impact on the lives of autistic individuals and their supporters.  Opportunities to join the OAR staff are limited and all open positions will be posted on Idealist. Anyone interested in joining our team is welcome to inquire anytime by submitting a cover letter describing your interest and a resume.

While openings on the staff are infrequent, we offer opportunities for interns and volunteers year-round.

Working at OAR

We are a team of passionate staff members based in Arlington, VA. As a new addition to OAR, you’ll get to work alongside colleagues that each leverage their passion, skills, and expertise to help promote OAR’s impact and reach.

Open Positions

Any open positions will be posted below.

Business Manager


This is a hybrid position located in Arlington, VA.

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is looking for a new Business Manager to serve as the Executive Director’s strong right arm, helping to direct and manage the business functions and operations of the organization. OAR is a 21-year-old national 501(c)3 nonprofit with an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million. The ideal candidate will be passionate about OAR’s mission, experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and support-related tasks, and able to work independently with little or no supervision. The person must be exceedingly well-organized, flexible, and enjoy the challenges that come with taking on a huge mission with a small, but talented staff.

OAR’s mission is to apply research to the challenges that autism presents. We do this by funding research, providing useful, evidence-based information to the autism community, and educating parents and professionals on best practices in autism treatment and methods for translating research to practice. In addition to funding new research and providing scholarships to autistic students pursuing post-secondary education each year, OAR’s priority areas include education, safety, and increasing employment opportunities for autistic adults.


Reporting directly to the executive director (ED), the Business Manager will have both internal and external responsibilities related to business and financial management, fundraising, and administration. The Business Manager will work closely with the ED in training and supporting OAR’s staff.


Business Management

  • Oversee OAR systems (both software and hardware) and IT support requirements and related technical support contracts and agreements.
  • Act as point of contact with outside vendors, including PEO vendor, accountant and auditors for annual audit and 990 prep.


  • Coordinate business and systems support for the RUN FOR AUTISM program
  • Work with the ED and other members of staff in grant writing, the annual campaign, development and special event planning
  • Administer all fundraising and registration requirements for the Combined Federal Campaign and selected United Way, state and local workplace giving campaigns


  •  5-7 years of relatable work experience in a nonprofit organization, foundation, the military, or comparable small business setting to include:
    • Administrative support
    • Financial management
    • Grant writing
    • Fundraising
    • Event planning
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related area.
  • Track record of success managing multiple tasks, working with people, and delivering excellent results.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills.


  • Working knowledge of IT and ability to quickly learn new systems
  • Relevant personal or professional experience with autism
  • Prior fundraising or events experience, especially with charity running programs
  • Prior operations and finance experience
Details at a Glance
  • Time Commitment: Full-Time Schedule
  • Start Date: January 3, 2023
  • Application Deadline: December 2, 2022
  • Education: 4-Year Degree Required
  • Experience Level: Mid-level/Managerial
  • USD $60,000 – USD $65,000/ year
  • Flexible, hybrid office-telework schedule
  • Health, dental, and vision plans
  • 401(k) with matching after six months
  • Paid parking or equal metro fare offset
  • 12 annual vacation days and 12 annual sick days per year
  • Paid parental leave policy
  • Tuition reimbursement and professional development opportunities
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General Information

OAR offers a comprehensive list of benefits to all full-time employees, which includes:

  • Health, dental, and vision plans
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 401k with employee match
  • Hybrid telework-office schedule
  • Paid monthly parking or equivalent monthly Metro fare
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional development
  • Paid parental leave

Additional Ways to get Involved

About Our Internship Program

We established our internship program as a vehicle to support ongoing programs and offer college and graduate students the opportunity to learn and gain experience in a small, non-profit environment. The ideal intern is a dynamic individual who is interested in autism and shares our passion for helping autistic people and their families. We look for someone who excels at detail-oriented work, but thinks strategically and never loses sight of the greater purpose of a project. Interns work closely with key staff members on projects of high value to the autism community and OAR, and in the process, gain meaningful work experience in a non-profit organization with a national focus.

Prospective applicants should understand that OAR is not a clinical setting. We provide support through educational outreach and our interns will engage members of the autism community as part of their work. Interns will not be delivering interventions, conducting original research, or regularly interfacing with families face-to-face.

Due to the pandemic, we have temporarily discontinued the internship program. Please check back for updates.

Volunteer with OAR

As a small non-profit, we rely on the dedication of talented volunteers near and far to support autism families everywhere.

We offer a diverse range of service opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Contribute to our advocacy, education, or fundraising efforts. Engage with your local community or connect with the autism community online. Learn about the different ways you can get involved by clicking the button below!

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