The Director of Education is a leadership role with strategic priorities that include curriculum development; training; program development, oversight, delivery, and evaluation as well as supervision. This position serves as a liaison with ASA staff, Board, members, the professional aging community and funder personnel. This position requires leadership at every level and extensive collaboration. The goal is for the department and organization to meet its objectives with polished customer service skills, excellent faculty and member communications and management of complex data. The Director of Education contributes tangibly to the organization’s goals of providing member benefits and increasing revenue for sustainability.
Annual Conference—Working with the conference planning team, the Director of Education provides strategic oversight and conference content and planning expertise. More than 400 workshops delivered by more than 1000 presenters during the annual conference are generated by program content proposals generated by our members. The director position includes curriculum design, program development, and coordination of specialized, high level programs such as National Forums and Summits, and session selection and curation as per conference priorities. This position supervises Education staff and works with others responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery and provides oversight on reporting of abstract submissions, peer review, scheduling, faculty invitations, faculty waitlist management, monitoring of conference revenue and expenses, year-end accruals, budgeting and other tasks as required culminating in the delivery of the American Society on Aging’s annual conference. This role assists with marketing and outreach, conference QA/QI and presenter and participant satisfaction.
Program Oversight/Delivery for other ASA educational programs includes:
• Leadership Institute—Manage the Leadership Institute including program development; presenter management and materials; logistical arrangements; outreach and marketing, budgeting and meeting revenue and expense projections; working with staff who manage the online assessments, materials and registration; and onsite facilitation.
• Online Gerontology Programs—Acting as a liaison with USC staff to ensure successful implementation of the online courses offered jointly by ASA and USC. Manage enrollee questions and provide reports on enrollment and revenue.
• Reframing Aging Initiative—work with the CEO on training and outreach to a diverse constituency of aging providers and others to further the goals for dissemination of evidence-based research and tools desired to undo the cultural impact of ageism.
• General oversight of web seminar program and staff for the more than 80 web seminars ASA produces each year.
Program Development—In collaboration with other director-level staff, work to identify, procure and develop new educational programs through grants and contracts. Strategic focus areas include but are not limited to elder justice/elder mistreatment, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and ageism.
Supervision—This position supervises the Operations Manager, Education Programs; Senior Manager, Education and Webinar Programs; and the Education Manager providing one-on-one coaching; coordinating team meetings; facilitating cross-team collaboration in order to support staff and meet organizational strategic priorities.
Essential Job-Related Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
Education program development and management
Ability to work well in cross-functional teams
Ability to work independently, use initiative, identify problems and propose solutions
Demonstrated skill in leading a group through a process to reach a satisfactory conclusion
Ability to travel to ASA education programs to provide strategic support
Experience planning and moderating web seminars
Ability to set up focus groups and manage them with administrative support
Skill as a liaison to USC’s professors, administrative leaders and tech staff for online gerontology programs
The American Society on Aging (ASA), a San Francisco-based professional membership association, is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of our members and others who work with, and on behalf of, older adults. The membership of ASA is multidisciplinary and inclusive of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.
ASA is committed to a diverse workforce. We value and actively seek to recruit, develop and retain people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives reflecting the full diversity of our economy and society. ASA is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are sought from all qualified persons, regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and veteran status. ASA policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status.