Serves as an executive leader within the headquarters in support of organization’s mission and strategic objectives. Directs the planning, management and execution of organization’s Annual Meeting and all additional meetings. Oversees all functions related to meetings, marketing, and elements of membership including the awards program, governance, retention, recruitment and engagement for the organization.
Provide leadership and direction for a comprehensive strategy to achieve targeted membership recruitment, retention and budget goals. Work collaboratively with the publishing and communications teams to develop an integrated marketing plan for campaigns. Ensure efficient and effective systems for membership, including data integrity, back-end workflow, dues invoicing, and system enhancements. Coordinate efforts for member engagement across the organization. Liaison with the Membership Committee.
Main area of focus is to provide the vision and executive leadership for directing and creating the strategic direction for the Annual Scientific Meeting. Manage all aspects of the planning and construction of the annual meeting; in-person and/or virtual. Develop and implement innovative practices to enhance the conference experience resulting in increased attendance and a unique & satisfying experience for attendees.
Responsible for driving related key initiatives from concept to implementation working collaboratively across the Society to maximize net income. Provide oversight for all meeting contracting, vendor management, budget, registration, logistics, and sales. Work with the VP, Publishing & Professional Resources to execute the call for abstracts process. Assist with additional society meetings that are held throughout the year.
Provide operations oversight for the organization’s member volunteer governance structure including support for the Membership Groups. Act as an advisor to influence volunteer leaders to work toward the optimal outcome. Provide strategic support to volunteer leaders to ensure that they are consistently providing meaningful benefits to their members and that annual work plans are completed and executed. Support colleagues across the organization in implementing governance practices.
Manages 3 direct reports: Director of Membership & Marketing, a Leadership Services Coordinator, and Meetings Coordinator. Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these areas. Oversees a team of 6.
Minimum a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. Minimum 8-10 years of progressive association and/or membership experience. At least 3-5 years in a management capacity. Preferred 10+ years association experience with specific experience working within and/or managing a membership function. Experience serving as liaison to internal and external groups. Exposure and/or experience to meetings management, marketing principles and tactics, particularly within a multidisciplinary association environment. Healthcare association experience a plus.
Strong project management, budget management, leadership and decision-making skills. Results oriented. Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills. Must be a good problem solver and facilitator, with excellent analytical skills. Ability to lead and develop staff. Ability to collaborate effectively across organizational lines. Member focused.
About The Gerontological Society of America
Society is undergoing a demographic shift where older persons are living longer, contributing to our culture in greater ways than ever before, and are driving change in all aspects of our lives. The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary membership organization devoted to honoring aging, advancing its study and disseminating information among scientists, decision makers, and the public. We believe that research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.
The Society’s headquarters is in the heart of Washington, DC. Staff — working with our energetic volunteers, manage the activities of the organization. GSA has 5,500 domestic and international multidisciplinary members that affiliate with one of four professional areas: Biological Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Research, Policy, and Practice. We have special programs for emerging scholars and the faculty of the next generation of gerontologists. The Society fosters collaboration between physicians, nurses, biologists, behavioral and social scientists, psychologists, social workers, eco...nomists, policy experts, those who study the humanities and the arts, and many other scholars and researchers in aging to ensure patient-centered care is the standard of care.
Programmatically, GSA publishes the longest-running and most widely-cited peer-reviewed journals in its field: The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences; The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, The Gerontologist, and Innovation in Aging, our first interdisciplinary open access journal. GSA convenes an Annual Scientific Meeting which showcases the latest advancements in gerontological research. This event attracts approximately 4,000 professionals, and the meeting consists of more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific sessions. Staff work to drive fact-based policy to ensure that older persons are provided the greatest opportunity for productive aging. We pride ourselves on being a connector, convener, collaborator and a communicator.