Executive Director

American Association of Geographers
Washington D.C.
February 18 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

American Association of Geographers

Invites nominations and applications for the position of:

Executive Director

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational scholarly association with 12,000 members who hail from nearly 100 countries. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography for more than a century, helping members to share interests in theories, methods, and practices of geography through the AAG's Annual Meeting, scholarly journals (Annals of the American Association of GeographersThe Professional Geographer, the AAG Review of Books and GeoHumanities), and the online AAG Newsletter. The AAG also oversees an array of programs that seek to advance professional studies in geography and encourage the application of geographic research and training in education, government, and business for the benefit of the discipline and of society. Whether the topic is climate change, health care, poverty, food security, biodiversity loss, geospatial legislation, or one of many other important topics directly impacted by geography, AAG senior leadership and members are called upon as thought partners by some of the most renowned and influential leaders of our time.

The next executive director will build upon the successful organizational renewal of the AAG by the retiring executive director, which has provided financial security, expanded its membership greatly, developed strategic new research and educational initiatives, and extended the AAG’s international reach and programs substantially. Reporting to the elected AAG Council, the executive director oversees the strategic planning and operations of the Association and oversees a highly talented staff of 23. The executive director leads the concept development of initiatives for the Council to consider and serves as a key figure in setting the strategic direction of the organization.

Candidates must possess a strong understanding and deep interest in geography. While not required, a PhD is preferred. The AAG’s next executive director will have a track record of successful senior leadership experience in one or more of the following fields: higher education administration, business, non-profit organizations, or government. Experience inspiring and engaging a membership-based constituency is especially appreciated. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, a passion for mentoring and developing a staff, and a willingness to build strategic alliances that further the goals of the AAG. For a more-detailed description of the opportunity, please visit: AAG ED Description.

Please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest, in confidence and electronically, to:

Jim Sirianni, Partner

Susan VanGilder, Partner
Holly Jackson, Senior Associate


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