GSA Job Opportunity

Director of Marketing

Geological Society of America
Position Description (posted 27 November 2023)

Return to Jobs at GSA

The Geological Society of America is looking for a Director of Marketing to join our Team!

About Us

The Geological Society of America (GSA) unites a diverse community of geoscientists with a common purpose to study the mysteries of our planet (and beyond) and share scientific findings. Members and friends around the world, from academia, government, and industry, participate in GSA meetings, publications, and programs at all career levels, to foster professional excellence. GSA values and supports inclusion through cooperative research, public dialogue on earth issues, science education, and the application of geoscience in the service of humankind.

The Job

The Geological Society of America is seeking a Director of Marketing with an innovative approach to leadership in the field. In this crucial position, you will develop and execute marketing strategies that engage our current members while attracting new ones, furthering the Society's goals as laid out in our mission and strategic plan. Your expertise will be essential in maintaining GSA's distinguished reputation and fostering our growth, enhancing our prominence in the international geoscience community, and promoting the earth sciences across a diverse range of career stages.

As the lead for GSA's marketing efforts, you will work in close partnership with the executive team to shape a brand narrative that reflects our mission and resonates with the values of our membership. Your role will be key in creating a detailed marketing plan and overseeing the creation and distribution of captivating content through various channels.

This position demands not just creativity but also the effective management and expansion of GSA’s resources, including budgeting and team leadership. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, your strategic insight will be the catalyst for GSA's marketing achievements.



  • Support a service-oriented approach to working with all departments and entities at GSA to identify marketing goals and develop strategic, effective campaigns with the aim of increasing publications sales, meetings registrations, program participation, and membership.
  • Oversee the creation of an annual marketing plan and calendar. Create and implement mapping and segmentation strategies, trend analyses, and custom reporting/querying that support strategic dissemination of material.
  • Coordinate market research to identify needs, values, and habits of target customers that help guide insights into marketing strategies.
  • Oversee editorial direction, content, design, production, and distribution of promotional material, including two of GSA’s monthly print and online member publications (GSA Today and GSA Connection).
  • Ensure quality of marketing communication to provide a positive user experience. Write and edit material as needed.
  • Ensure successful sales efforts for publication ads, GSA’s online job board, and other programs as identified, to ensure GSA revenue goals are met.
  • Oversee marketing and sales efforts for tradeshows and events, including working with other departments to determine strategy and management of event booth graphics, equipment, giveaways, overall branding, and associated marketing campaigns.
  • Guide GSA in creating and maintaining a consistent organizational voice and message.
  • Collaborate with GSA’s Digital Technology Solutions department to monitor compliance with GDPR, cyber security, and anti-spam regulations.
  • Ensure compliance with logo usage guidelines and GSA trademarks.
  • Consult on and coordinate statements and responses from GSA President, Executive Director, and others.
  • Assist Executive Director and leadership team with internal information-sharing to enhance employee engagement and positive corporate culture.
  • Establish policies and procedures, and coordinate staff and member-leader training and usage of GSA digital communications tools, including blast email, GSA’s guest blog, and webinars. Respond to member feedback to maintain highest-quality customer service standards.
  • Remain current on association-specific trends, challenges, and opportunities in order to adapt marketing and sales strategies according to market needs.

Other Duties

  • Develop and administer marketing program budgets.
  • Serve on GSA’s senior leadership team and ad hoc committees as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Represent GSA at professional meetings as required.
  • Establish and maintain professional peer networks to stay current and benchmark industry best practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Direct reports such as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate, an Editorial Manager for GSA Today, an Advertising Sales Manager, and may include others as assigned.
  • Demonstrate strong coaching skills and mentoring mindset, with the ability to drive team achievement of goals and high performance.

Job Qualifications

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in marketing or related field, including a solid understanding of marketing and communications principles and current practices.
  • Minimum five years experience in a senior management position.
  • Proven ability to develop, execute, and modify strategic marketing campaigns that support complex organizations and proven success in conducting/overseeing market research, assessment, and analysis.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, emotional intelligence, and a commitment to collaboration and consensus building.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Mature judgment/outstanding ethics and discretion in dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Adobe, Google applications (mail, calendar, drive, analytics), project management software, association management systems, social media, and AI tools; ability to learn new software quickly.
  • Familiarity with science and the non-profit or scholarly society environment, including mission-based marketing, is desirable.

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Extensive computer work, multiple projects, and multiple deadlines that create a demanding work environment are standard.
  • Periodic travel will be required.

Qualified candidates should send a résumé/CV and cover letter to before 15 January 2024.