Serves as a leader within the headquarters in support of organization’s mission and strategic objectives. Directs the planning, management and execution of organization’s Annual Scientific Meeting and all meetings held throughout the year. Oversees all functions related to virtual and in-person meetings for the organization.
Provide the vision and 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. 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 programming, networking and net income. Provide oversight for all contracting, vendor management, budget, registration experience, and logistics. Produce RFP’s, review proposals and make recommendations for all future meeting sites. Develop and maintain budgets and identify innovative ways to increase non-dues revenue through these activities. Work closely with professional resources team to coordinate with abstract submission process.
Collaboratively work with other staff functional areas to effectively develop and implement virtual and in-person meetings in support of current and new strategic initiatives. These meetings are held throughout the year and require management for: RFP process, review proposals and contract with selected properties; coordinate all logistics including food and beverage, audio visual, etc.; review invoices and process with accounting; conduct site selection and logistics for staff events.
Participate in the development of the meeting publications and marketing materials. Oversee the continuing education program, including development and coordination of applications, forms, certificates and any other required follow-up.
Maintain knowledge and skills on the latest developments with virtual and in-person management and attendee experience.
10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 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.
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.