Program Director, National Center to Reframe Aging
The Gerontological Society of America
Location: Washington DC
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: 4 Year Degree
Development and Foundation
Project Management/Program Development
We have an exciting opportunity for you to provide leadership and direction to develop and implement of all programs and activities for this grant funded, long-term, social change initiative to improve the public’s understanding of aging and the many contributions older people make in society. The Director leads Center programs, oversees communications, develops new programs, products and services, and cultivates new partnerships to advance the Center’s work and sustainability. And reports directly to the Executive Director, National Center to Reframe Aging. This is a multi-year, multifaceted project led by The Gerontological Society of America in collaboration with the Leaders of Aging Organizations. Additional information can be found at www.reframingaging.org
In this role you will direct the operational, developmental, administrative, and financial aspects of this major initiative. Oversee planning and implementation of annual workplans, directs the communications strategy, includes launching a proactive communication program within the first year of the grant, such as, direct activities to develop and implement a robust communication strategy to proactively advance a more accurate and complete story of aging in America. Support the maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders, clients, current philanthropic partners and prospective philanthropic partners.
You will direct activities to establish a national center for reframing aging as the recognized central hub for advancing communication strategies that improve the public’s understanding of aging. This includes directing staff, engaging national leaders in aging, developing new tools and products to teach framing, showcasing examples of best practices, and working with consultants to implement evaluation methods to assess progress of the initiative.
You will be responsible for activities to expand partnerships to grow the national center’s reach, deepen engagement, and work towards sustainability. This includes working with leadership team to cultivate new business partners, secure new philanthropic partners, direct technical assistance activities, develop and deliver new programs, products and training activities, and support dissemination and implementation of framing strategies.
Position requires a Master's degree preferably in communications and/or gerontology/aging studies with a minimum of five years of Healthcare or Aging association experience.
Must have demonstrated collaborative management style. Experience in creating / managing networks. Experience in developing and managing budgets. Strong leadership skills, with the ability to establish priorities, manage multiple demands and projects, and operationalize program goals. Results oriented. Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills including ability to effectively use social media. Able to take initiative, use sound judgment, and work effectively and cooperatively with all levels of staff and constituents.
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 just, humanity, dignity, and respect. Our policy is to embed diversity, equity, and inclusion as fundamental principles and practices across the Society.
GSA is 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, a...ge, disability, or genetic information.
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.