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Director of Development

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) seeks a seasoned Director of Development to build and sustain a fundraising program with an emphasis on foundations, corporations, and individual donors. This senior position is based at AAG headquarters, Meridian Place, near DuPont Circle in Washington, DC and reports directly to the Executive Director. AAG has a strong revenue base that is not dependent on traditional fundraising. Therefore, the Director has an opportunity to grow new revenue sources to fuel expanding member services and forward-looking initiatives that sustain the pipeline of geographers as well as the discipline of geography. The Director will hire and manage a small team and work closely with other teams.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Director will be responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and AAG’s funding strategy from all sources, but especially from foundations, corporations, individual donors, and special events.

The Director will be a mentor and relationship builder with a deep understanding of fundraising and will create and sustain a culture of fundraising in partnership with the senior staff.

The Director will build a small team of fundraisers and develop new fundraising relationships with corporations, foundations and individuals.

The Director will also be responsible for setting fundraising targets, ensuring regular communications and managing internal and external activities to achieve development goals and objectives.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in development, including a track record of success in leading and securing resources for a nonprofit organization.
  • Fundraising experience in a comparable nonprofit advocacy or policy organization at the state or national level.
  • Experience working with foundations (particularly those that support education, science, technology, and policy), individual donors, and board members.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build, lead and mentor a team.
  • Knowledge of nonprofit finances, ability to work closely with the finance team.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with senior staff to advance the fundraising agenda.
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, and goal oriented.
  • Self-starter with high energy who can manage multiple tasks and adapt and respond quickly to opportunities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to set strategic priorities, including soliciting input, making thoughtful judgments, and communicating priorities to colleagues and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, customer relationship management (CRM) databases and other fundraising software and tools.
  • CFRE credential preferred.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and CV to

Director of Communications

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is seeking a Director of Communications, based in Washington DC, to lead its communications team. The director will manage internal and external communications, strategy, and related staff. The director will be part of the senior leadership team and will work closely with membership, development, and executive teams. The director will ensure that AAG is viewed as a trusted source, disseminator, and conduit of information about Geography.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for the applicant who has the managerial, people, creative, and professional communications skills to help direct and shape a scientific and educational non-profit organization. The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to lead a team that tells stories over multiple platforms and to multiple audiences.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop a cohesive annual communication plan that partners well with AAG development and membership teams; enhance AAG’s brand by marketing geography to diverse audiences
  • Advance AAG's strategic goals by ensuring the production of high-impact campaigns and accessible content
  • Provide strategic, hands-on leadership and managerial support to the Executive Director to ensure high staff engagement and motivational levels
  • Manage staff, plan performance/evaluation discussions, facilitate staff development opportunities, and create a productive, inclusive and respectful work environment
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of AAG’s full communications network including direct email blasts, listserv messaging, social media, press releases, op-eds, newsletters, websites, print collateral, and interactive visualizations
  • Establish communications vehicles to create momentum and awareness; manage crisis communications
  • Develop and foster relationships with media outlets across multiple audiences

Qualifications and Experience:

  • College degree and 5-8 years of progressive communications experience, especially with non-profits; management experience preferred
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills in English; ability to represent AAG externally
  • Ability to interact directly and independently with senior management of existing and potential partners and clients
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrentl
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at strategic and tactical levels
  • Ability to communicate complex research findings for stakeholders, in both written and verbal form
  • Tech-savvy and adaptable; prior experience using project management or communications tools like Asana or Slack preferred

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and CV to


The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 115 years, AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Geographers focus on the intersection of place, people, and the environment. With 12,000+ members spanning nearly 100 countries, the primary goal is to share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which is cultivated through AAG’s Annual Meeting, Regional Division Meetings, through scholarly journals, and the association’s online newsletter. AAG members are geographers and related professionals who work in the public, private, and academic sectors.

AAG, an equal opportunity employer, values diversity and is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. As such, AAG does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran's status, or genetic information in its hiring or programming



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