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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 21 staff, and a budget of approximately $7M.

GSA Careers

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.

To apply for any open position, please submit your cover letter and resume to GSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEI and Discrimination Statement

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

Director of Strategic Alliances

We have an exciting opportunity for you to direct the development and production of our strategic alliance programs.  In collaboration with the VP, Strategic Alliances and Integrated Communications, assist with the organization's alliance development.  This role requires you to work closely with strategic collaborators, external consultants and members to support outreach and relationship management of key partners to further the GSA mission and strategic goals. And manage two direct reports: two Project Managers.

First, you will provide thought leadership to drive growth and new opportunities involving existing or potential new partners for the strategic alliances (SA) unit.  Generate and handle inquiries, manage partner pitches, and on-board new partners. 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. And maintain proficiency in the field of gerontology, in the specialty areas of alliances and the competitive landscape.

Second, you will 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.  And maintain proficiency in new methods of content delivery.

Third, you will 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. Maintain the SA content on the GSA learning management system, GSAEnrich. And manage department planning and administrative processes.

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. Ability to establish and cultivate senior-level relationships. 

Strong project management skills, including budget/financial management. Ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment and accomplish tasks with self-direction; provide exemplary customer service. Knowledgeable of web, print and live program development processes. 

Must be able to travel to live events, specifically the GSA annual scientific meeting. Travel is required.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including editing. Attention to detail; good proofreading skills. 

Strategic Alliances Project Manager (Two openings)

We are seeking two project managers in our strategic alliances area with strong organizational, project management, and communication skills. Our strategic alliances/sponsored projects unit is seeking one individual on the team to manage the development of grant-supported initiatives (some focused areas include Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, obesity, dental, hearing and vision, and cellular decline of aging) and the second individual (some focused areas include infectious disease, sleep health, human-animal interaction, age-inclusive universities) to ensure they align effectively with the goals of the program and the mission of GSA.

As the manager you are expected to build budgets for assigned initiatives such as publications, webinars, summits, social media programs. Manage the assigned programs by establishing development and implementation plans, contracting with key opinion leaders, consultants, writers, print and digital designers, printers, and others as needed to develop and complete each initiative. Manage grant submissions and invoices to grant providers and payments to outside development team. And provide project updates to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and programs.

Additionally, you will manage member activities of the GSA Corporate Leaders Forum, such as issuing yearly membership renewals, processing invoices, managing meeting logistics and the budget. Assists in the development of the program content for each meeting.

Finally, you are responsible for completing administrative functions of assigned programs. Maintain an organized file management system within SharePoint to ensure ready access by all team members. Manage the strategic alliances unit content in the GSAEnrich learning management system. Manage co-marketing of GSA offerings with assigned programs.

Bachelor’s degree in business, healthcare or related field. Minimum of three years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Association experience strongly preferred. 

Strong project management and leadership skills, including budget/financial management, strong computer skills, and excellent customer service orientation. Ability to schedule and manage tasks effectively. Excellent conflict resolution problem-solving skills. Skilled at cost control and budgeting. Strong organizational and multitasking skills. Knowledge of publication/online activity development process. Must be able to travel to live events specifically annual scientific meeting and key meetings. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail; good proofreading skills. Office management skills, including ability to organize a large amount of materials and files and arranging meetings and teleconferences.

Director of Digital Programs & Events

We have an exciting opportunity for you to lead and direct our efforts in the identification, design and execution of digital initiatives and learning content for the organization that involve establishing a comprehensive delivery and execution of programs for both in-person and virtual environments.  This position will also direct the planning, management, and execution of the organization’s Annual Scientific Meeting and all additional events. Plus, you will provide leadership and direction for the development of strategic product promotion plans through collaborative teams. And manage two direct reports: A Programs and Meetings Manager, and a Digital Services Manager.

First, you are responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of all professional development for virtual, and hybrid, and in-person events. Lead the digital presence on the organization’s website and learning management system including development of video, infographics, and other digital content. Recommend strategies to leverage program, event, and website content into extended learning opportunities for new and existing audiences. Keep up with the latest learning and meeting-related practices and technology to provide an effective member, stakeholder, staff, and attendee planning and logistical experience.

 Second, you shall provide the vision and leadership for directing and creating the strategic direction for the Annual Scientific Meeting a 4,000-person scientific conference to help individuals share their research. Manage all aspects of the planning, promotion, and construction of the Annual Scientific Meeting. Develop and implement innovative practices to enhance the conference experience resulting in increased attendance along with a unique and satisfying experience for attendees. Responsible for driving related key initiatives from concept to implementation working collaboratively across the Society to maximize net income.

Third, you will provide leadership and direction for the development of strategic product promotion/marketing plans to achieve increased product awareness and market share. Manage appropriate research and analysis to support and validate recommendations. Build and extend the organization’s visibility and mission through cohesive promotion and branding efforts. Lead cross-functional organizational efforts to maximize promotion opportunities. Oversee day-to-day product promotion efforts for appropriate GSA products and services; including collateral (print) materials, web-based promotion initiatives, advertising sales, trade shows, advertising campaigns, and the ad sales function. Develop promotion planning and budgets that integrate with other department financial plans.

Bachelor’s degree in business, healthcare, digital communication or related field, and a CMP. Ten years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience leading digital communication, learning, and meeting departments is essential. Association experience strongly preferred. Strong project management, budget management, leadership and decision-making skills. Results oriented. Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate effectively across organizational lines. Demonstrated ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, formulate, and implement decisions; take action and risks as needed; make difficult decisions when necessary and make sound decisions.

 

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