GSA Job Opportunity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Associate Director

Geological Society of America
Position Description (posted 31 Aug. 2021)

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About Us

The Geological Society of America (GSA) ( unites a diverse community of geoscientists in 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.

GSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and GSA is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the business organization and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. This commitment is embodied in our organizational policies and the way we do business at GSA, and is an important principle of sound business management. Please see GSA’s Commitment to Diversity.

Position Summary

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Associate Director will coordinate across the GSA mission, strategic plan, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) initiatives, programs, and centers of excellence to leading GSA to become an inclusive and equitable organization that engages diverse students, professional and academic geoscientists, and the communities they serve, and creates an environment in which all can thrive. They will lead the development, management, analysis, and operation of GSA’s work to embed JEDI in all aspects of GSA’s operations, outreach, education, and actions. They will hold equity and justice for all geoscientists at the forefront of their work at GSA. The Diversity and Inclusion Associate Director is responsible for developing the implementation strategies regarding the recommendations of the GSA Diversity Working Group and the GSA Decadal Strategic Plan. The Diversity and Inclusion Associate Director will work with the GSA URGE (Unlearning Racism in the Geosciences) pod and coordinate with the GSA HR Manager in assisting with GSA staff integration of JEDI into the GSA workforce and workplace. The Associate Director reports directly to the GSA Executive Director.

The position is full time with benefits. GSA headquarters is located in Boulder, Colorado. For the right candidate, business may be conducted remotely with some time required on-site or at meetings.

Key Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Understanding of DEI issues in the sciences and experience with developing DEI programs.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an earth-science discipline or science education. Geoscience is preferred.
  • Proven excellent oral & written communication skills to a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Grant-writing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and influence others.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to learn iMIS (Association Management System).
  • Ability to use Google Workspace Suite.
  • Ability to maintain program web pages.

Other Requirements

  • Travel required, including GSA annual and section meetings as well as to represent GSA DEI initiatives and programs at relevant venues.
  • Extensive computer work—six or more hours per day; multiple projects and multiple deadlines that create a demanding work environment are standard, may need the ability to carry luggage and equipment.
  • Must be fully vaccinated from COVID. Note: Medical or religious exemption may be considered.

Contact for further information.

Salary range is $60,000 to $97,000 based on experience. Benefits include 403(b) and PTO.

Submit cover letter, résumé, and three professional references. The cover letter must detail why the applicant is a perfect fit for this position, include examples of not-for-profit experience if applicable. Please submit your application to