About the Gerontological Society of America

Societies around the world are experiencing a permanent and transformational shift in the ages of their population. By 2035, adults ages 65 and older will outnumber the population under the age of 18 for the first time in American history. Older Americans — growing in numbers and diversity — will be key to the nation’s future economic health, and the public and private sectors must adapt to these demographic realities. The top membership society devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging is The Gerontological Society of America. As the world’s largest interdisciplinary organization in aging, our vision of “a society that honors older people” is forward-thinking and is aimed at driving innovative advances in the aging process. GSA has three key areas of focus: (1) to promote the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of gerontological research and by increasing its funding resources; (2) to disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, practitioners, and decision and opinion makers; and (3) to promote, support, and advocate for aging education, and education and training in higher education. Based in Washington, DC, GSA has 5,500 domestic and international members, an employee base of approximately 32 staff, and a budget of approximately $10M.

To apply for any open position, please submit your cover letter and resume to GSA at recruitment@geron.org

At GSA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to fulfilling our vision of meaning lives as we age. Starting with GSA’s hiring practices through your employment experience, we embrace your unique experiences, diverse perspectives and cultural backgrounds that are brought to the workplace which allows us to develop innovative solutions. At GSA you will feel respected, valued and empowered as part of our team in an inclusive workplace.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is more than 75 years old. Our Society serves as a voice for advancing the study of aging. We recognize the need to be intentional in our actions to achieve our highest ideals. For these reasons, we make an active and conscious effort to challenge racism and discrimination in any form and view this as central to our ideals of creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive Society that promotes meaningful lives for all as we age. We will hold fast to our vision: meaningful lives for all as we age, and that all individuals will have the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives and be treated with justice, humanity, dignity, and respect. Our policy is to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental principles and practices across the Society.

GSA — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — joins in solidarity with the movement to condemn the entrenched racism undermining American society and promote equal rights for all. GSA is an employer that pledges to not discriminate against employees based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Open Positions:

We are seeking an individual to direct the development and production of strategic alliance programs GSA Concentric Value of Vaccination initiative. In collaboration with the VP, Strategic Alliances & Integrated Communications to work closely with strategic collaborators, external consultants, and members to support outreach and relationship management of key partners to further the initiative and GSA mission and strategic goals.

As well as provide thought leadership to drive growth and new opportunities involving existing or potential new partners for the strategic alliances (SA) unit, specifically targeted to the Concentric Value of Vaccination initiative. Generate and handle inquiries, manage partner outreach, and on-board new partners. Abide by GSA policy in collaborating with financial supporters.

Direct the development and management of key relationships and alliances, including outreach, communications, strategy development, grants submissions and financial reconciliations. Represent the Society at strategic partner meetings, professional conferences, and meetings with stakeholders. Maintain proficiency in the field of gerontology, in the specialty areas of alliances and the competitive landscape.

Direct the development of grant-supported programming, in collaboration with consultants, GSA staff and members and key opinion leaders. Conduct research and analyses to produce summaries, distillations and other deliverables. Contribute to content, material development and dissemination to support strategic partners. Direct cross-selling opportunities to increase revenue and leverage relationships to better penetrate the market. Maintain proficiency in new methods of content delivery.

Coordinate engagement of programs across the SA team and serve as a liaison within the department and interdepartmentally to ensure effective coordination across the GSA enterprise. Direct and develop cross-marketing of GSA offerings with assigned programs. Collaborate with the development of content to the GSA learning management system, GSAEnrich.

Complete administrative functions of assigned programs. Develop and monitor annual budget. Maintain an organized file management system to ensure ready access by all team members. Perform annual and mid-year performance appraisals. Conduct presentations to Leadership Team on unit activities. Meet with supervisor on a regular basis to address departmental status, issues and concerns. Perform activities according to GSA mission, objectives, and CEO Action Plan. Prepare annual goals and objectives that align with GSA objectives. Abide by the GSA policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of seven years of prior related experience in an Association environment. Strong strategic and financial agility. Ability to build strong relationships, exercise diplomacy and problem solving to work effectively under pressure. Exceptional interpersonal skills; a focused listener. Ability to establish and cultivate senior-level relationships.

Strong project management skills, including budget/financial management. Exhibits a high degree of personal initiative. Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment and accomplish tasks with self-direction; provide exemplary customer service. Ability to be flexible and responsive; able to reprioritize in a fast-paced environment while maintaining high work standards. Knowledgeable of web, print and live program development processes. Must be able to travel to live events, specifically the GSA annual scientific meeting. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including editing. Attention to detail; good proofreading skills. Office management skills, including ability to organize a large number of materials and files and arranging meetings and teleconferences. Ability to handle confidential matters with professionalism and discretion. Travel is required.

The Gerontological Society of America seeks an individual in the Washington DC Metro Area to direct and implement activities to carry out the mission and aims of the RCMAR NCC. This includes the operational, developmental, administrative, and financial aspects of this major initiative. Oversees planning and implementation of program workplans as outlined in grant proposal, directs, and implements the communications and dissemination strategy, and prepares required narrative and budget reports. Supports the Contact PI in maintaining strong relationships with communities of interest, RCMAR Advisory Boards, RCMAR Centers, Mentors, RCMAR scientists, NIA program staff, and program partners.

The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs) National Coordinating Center (NCC) is a 5-year multi-PI lead cooperative agreement and the flagship mentoring program of the Behavioral and Social Research Division of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Beginning August 1, 2023, the program is headquartered at the Gerontological Society of America. The GSA Program Director (PD) for the RCMAR NCC will work with the NCC Leadership Team (LT) to direct the efforts of the NCC including implementing strategies set forth by the LT to support RCMAR Centers and scientists and disseminate work to the public.

The PD will oversee administrative management of the NCC including operation of NCC activities, preparation, and management of budget in accordance with federal guidelines, and timely submission of all narrative reports. The mission of the RCMAR NCC is to provide support and coordination to the RCMAR Centers and AD/ADRD RCMAR Centers (the Centers) and cofunction with NIA and the RCMAR enterprise to bolster the mentorship and career development of researchers from diverse backgrounds and foster rigorous behavioral and social science research in aging, health disparities, equity and AD/ADRD.

You will work in cooperation with LT, RMCAR Centers, NIA program staff, and subcontractors, facilitate activities to collect and promote demographic, scientific, and collaborative performance data to track and monitor program progress. Implement a streamlined process for collecting data to support the evaluation of RCMAR Center activities, including research, collaboration, mentoring, networking, stakeholder engagement, and DEIA. establish consensus on essential common evaluation metrics and implement a streamlined process for collecting data to support the evaluation of RCMAR Center activities, including research, collaboration, mentoring, networking, stakeholder engagement, and DEIA.

Also, you will work in cooperation with LT and NIA program staff, direct activities to share resources between and among RCMAR Centers and engage with communities of interest including Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs, AANAPISIs and other academic institutions serving predominately racially minoritized students and groups) and implement activities outlined in program plan.

Finally, you will direct a program coordinator to provide logistical and programmatic support to LT, RCMAR Centers and NIA program staff. Implement and expand new infrastructure to support the program, including an interactive website, robust community-wide online networking platform, tools to enhance collaboration, and resources supporting the creation of new scholarship and fostering culturally aware and responsive mentorship and career development. Develop new and leverage existing evidence-based tools to provide skills and technical support necessary to address minority aging, AD/ADRD and/or health disparities in older adults.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is seeking an individual for our Meetings, Exhibits & Sales Coordinator position to aid in the planning, management, and execution of the organization’s annual meeting and other events. Additionally, this position will assist on the aspects related to exhibit, advertising, and sponsorship sales, support, and reporting.

In your meeting logistics role, you will support all aspects of the planning, implementation, management, and on-site execution of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting (4,000 attendees); including, but not limited to: participate in the development and review of all meeting-related collateral. Assist in production of RFP’s, reviewing of proposals, and managing vendor contracts. Assist in the development of meeting specifications, banquet event orders, and all other logistical considerations. Assist in managing the mobile application and itinerary planner for attendee use. Manage Affiliate and Interest Group meeting space requests. Manage the Pre-Conference Workshop application and review processes and etc. And you will support the planning, implementation, and management of other GSA meetings. Assist with the development of department budgets. Serve as the primary customer service agent for the meetings department.

Additionally for exhibits, you will support all aspects of the exhibit sales and process such as development of the sales database, outreach, processing of contracts, general correspondence, and reports. Support all exhibit hall events and coordination. Assist in the development of the exhibitor publications to include the exhibitor prospectus and the promotional and logistics material, and content and messaging for the exhibit’s sections of the website, app, and other materials.

Finally for advertising and sponsorship sales, you will support all aspects of the advertising and sponsorship sales process such as development of the sales database, outreach, processing of agreements, fulfillment of deliverables, correspondence, and budget tracking and reporting. Assist in the development of content and messaging for the advertising and sponsorship sections of the website, app, and other materials. Maintain existing sales relationships for the annual meeting and support the development of new connections to grow revenue. Collaborate with various departments to develop sponsorship opportunities for various projects and member benefits.

You must conduct the highest customer service standards possible in responding to inquiries, requests, and comments from members, customers, and potential supporters. Follow all policies, processes, and procedures to ensure a high degree of timely and effective customer service, logistics and sales standards. Participate and support activities that focus on creating an internal atmosphere of customer service. Assist with the preparation and tracking of projects, operating budgets, activity reports. Special projects as assigned. Some travel may be required (e.g., GSA annual meeting, site visits, and other meetings).