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The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from nearly 100 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, the AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities), and the online AAG Newsletter.

The AAG promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, in part through the activities of its affinity groups and more than 70 specialty groups. The meetings and activities of our regional divisions provide the opportunity to network with colleagues near you.

The AAG provides a generous and comprehensive employee benefits package, including group health, dental and vision plans, life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance, matching 403(b), flex plans for medical and dependent expenses, commuter Smart Benefits, and paid sick and annual leave.


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CHIEF OF STAFF

The Chief of Staff will assist the Executive Director in providing leadership and oversight for the Association's day-to-day functions and staff. This Chief of Staff will be part advisor, part gatekeeper, part problem solver, and part all-round strategic partner to develop strategy to meet organization goals. The role will have both internal- and external-facing responsibilities, ranging from human capital development (day-to-day management and professional growth) to project management.

The ideal candidate will handle complex situations and multiple responsibilities simultaneously, mixing long-term projects with the urgency of immediate demands. He/she must also have the demonstrated ability to deal with highly confidential information and act as a liaison between the Executive Director and other constituencies, both internal and external. He/she must exhibit the skills to collaborate with and achieve actionable results through others, the ability to build strong and sustainable relationships and the capability to interact within all levels of the Association.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides integrated analysis and strategic consultation on major issues impacting the organization.
  • Manages projects from beginning to end by tracking, communicating, and adapting as needed.
  • Supervises the Research and Data-focused staff team, providing guidance on work priorities and focus areas, setting goals and evaluating performance success and results.
  • Proactively identifies issues and supports effective communication. The Chief of Staff elevates issues about which the Director should be aware, and, conversely, represents the Director's position to constituents throughout the Association. By keeping both the Director and senior leaders informed of issues and initiatives, the Chief of Staff plays a critical role in the efficient flow of information across the Association.
  • Manage current facilities and help plan for future facilities' needs; direct other capital projects as needed.
  • Acts as part of a team ensuring successful board meetings in both preparation and completing follow-up assignments.
  • Executive project management: act on the authority of the ED to oversee projects that typically require cross-functional collaboration and resource allocation. Providing project planning and management for both departmental projects and initiatives.
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis and decision support.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography or related field (advanced degree preferred)
  • 6-8 years of experience in organizational administration, at least two years of experience in similar position
  • Experience leading complex projects successfully
  • Ability to manage logistics and to resolve challenging issues
  • Strong analytical-reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Attention to detail

Location:

Hybrid Position (Washington, DC and Remote)

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and desired salary requirements for consideration.

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The AAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Reporting to the Executive Director and Director of Operations, the Executive Assistant provides executive support in a one-on-one working relationship. The Executive Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the AAG executive offices. The executive assistant also serves as primary administrative support and contact to the American Association of Geographers' governing Council for all Council meeting logistics, preparation and execution of meetings and communications throughout the year.

Essential Skills and Responsibilities: Executive Support

  • Completes a broad variety of administrative tasks, including: managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence that is sometimes confidential; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries and agendas; and compiling documents for travel-related meetings.
  • Researches, prioritizes, and follows up on incoming issues and concerns, including those of a sensitive or confidential nature. Determines appropriate course of action, referral, or response.
  • Provides a bridge for smooth communication between departments; demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust, and support with senior management staff.
  • Works closely with Executive Director and Director of Operations to keep them informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Prioritizes conflicting needs; handles matters expeditiously, proactively, and follows through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, Council members, external partners and donors.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated, proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be effective independently.
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience as an Executive Assistant reporting directly to Senior Management.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, with an ability to become familiar with Association-specific programs and software.
  • Experience working with Office 365 a plus.

Location:

Hybrid Position (Washington, DC and Remote)

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The AAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Questions of geography — where, and why there? — lie at the heart of humanity's greatest challenges, from sustainable development to human rights to climate change. The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society with professional members from nearly 100 countries who are at the forefront of academic and applied geography globally. AAG members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's annual meeting, scholarly journals, and other events and communications, including affinity groups and more than 60 specialty groups. Now in its second century, the AAG is in the midst of a transformation to serve its members more effectively and advance geographical expertise and viewpoints in local, national, and global discussions of public policy, education, urban and transportation planning, environmental sustainability, and other fields.

The Senior Director of Marketing and Communications is a role that sits at the forefront of AAG's transformation to better serve and expand its membership and to build the visibility and influence of its members in public discourse and decision making. In this senior executive role, you'll be a sure-footed strategist and talented tactician, and you'll contribute directly to the strategy and direction of the organization. You'll leverage an entirely new web platform rolling out in late 2021 or early 2022, and you'll manage and build a communications team. You'll build proactive media relations operations for AAG and its members. You'll be both curious and decisive, with great judgement and managerial capabilities, and you'll be experienced and confident with digital media, paid growth strategies, and inclusivity and cross-cultural communication. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Direct AAG's marketing and communications strategy, including ongoing refinement of and research into target audiences, message development, and tactical implementation across all of AAG's communications channels (including recommending new channels and optimizing existing channels)
  • Lead collaboratively across the organization to support staff and leadership who work on AAG's events, membership services, academic journals, and fundraising, and improve internal communications
  • Direct a marketing campaign to expand AAG's membership, including targeting, research, helping define value propositions, developing partnerships, setting and measuring growth and turnover targets, and executing paid and organic marketing activities
  • Develop and implement a content and conversion strategy for AAG's new web platform, including setting and evaluating key performance indicators and assigning and managing content production
  • Manage communications for AAG's flagship annual meeting and other events, the AAG newsletter, and other regular vehicles for communicating with the AAG membership and external target audiences
  • Bring cultural competence, expertise and experience in inclusivity and equality, and global awareness and sensitivity to all of AAG's communications
  • Build a media relations program to connect AAG members and leaders with journalists who are covering topics that are informed and influenced by geography, from climate change to human rights
  • Manage and develop a team of 2-4 communications professionals and vendors and contractors providing a variety of marketing and communications support

Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of demonstrated success in marketing and communications roles with consistently increasing levels of responsibility, including staff and vendor management, strategic planning, brand building, member or customer growth, and internal communications
  • Demonstrated success as an effective and collaborative leader inside an organization
  • Exceptional capabilities as a writer and editor
  • Successful execution of digital marketing campaigns for online or offline events, membership growth, advocacy, etc.
  • Media relations portfolio, skillset, and relationships
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and advocacy for gender and racial equity and global human rights concerns
  • 2+ years of experience working with community colleges, colleges/universities, faculty members, or postsecondary students in professional or consultative capacities preferred
  • 2+ years of experience with managing and communicating in a professional membership association and/or nonprofit context preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, or Mandarin a significant plus

Location:

Hybrid Position (Washington, DC and Remote)

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The AAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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PROGRAM ASSISTANT

The Program Assistant will support new and ongoing projects related to careers and professional development and geography education. The Program Assistant will work closely with the Manager of Career Programs on a range of AAG projects that address some of the Association's core goals of delivering new and improved services to AAG members, advancing geography as a sustainable discipline, and expanding outreach to geographers working in government and private industry. The Program Assistant will also provide content and support for multiple webinar series on the AAG virtual platform focused on careers and professional development, and conduct research on the geographic/geospatial job market. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the launch of a new Guide to Geography Programs, an interactive, map-based directory of all geography, GIS, and closely related programs in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America
  • Maintaining a master list of all geography, GIS, and closely related programs in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America
  • Help organizing webinars and online workshops, recruiting panelists and session organizers, brainstorming topics, day-of logistical support, and compiling results and key insights from post-webinar surveys
  • Researching geography department alumni websites, identifying employers, inputting information, and maintaining a master list of employers known to hire geographers
  • Supporting the Disciplinary Data Strategic Insights (DDSI) team gathering primary and secondary data on the geospatial workforce
  • Providing organizational support for virtual and/or in-person career fairs and other careers/professional development events at AAG regional and annual conferences
  • Help developing new content related to careers and professional development for the AAG website such as brochures, tip sheets and other popular resources for geography departments
  • Additional administrative support duties as assigned

Qualifications:

This is an early-career position ideal for a recent graduate.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography or related field required (advanced degree preferred)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and follow-through skills
  • Confidence to reach out to new stakeholders and make introductions
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work under the pressure of a quick timeline
  • Strong analytical-reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • GIS skills preferred, but not required

Location:

Hybrid Position (Washington, DC and Remote)

Apply here

The AAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 


For internship opportunities at AAG, please visit http://www.aag.org/internships.