The HR Team
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The AAG provides a generous and comprehensive employee benefits package, including group health, dental and vision plans, life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance, matching 403(b), flex plans for medical and dependent expenses, commuter Smart Benefits, and paid sick and annual leave.

The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is looking for a Director of Diversity and Inclusion to provide strategic leadership to advance the AAG's JEDI Strategic Plan, working closely with the Executive Director, Chief Program Officer, and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee. They will work collaboratively across the association to enact, evaluate, and report on actionable and measurable JEDI goals and strategies.

This highly strategic position requires proven experience in diversity and inclusion training, facilitation, and coaching. This position will serve as a thought leader, strategic partner, and sponsor for JEDI by leveraging deep subject matter expertise and by keeping abreast of industry best practices, benchmarks, and emerging JEDI approaches. This role will be responsible for further scaling our JEDI practices at the AAG, based on changing organizational needs, including identifying, planning, developing, and implementing a variety of programs and projects. The position also requires project management skills including research, planning, organizing, developing, and participating in and/or leading cross cultural/functional teams. In addition, this role requires collaboration and experience in problem solving with a balance of empathy and pragmatism and someone who is a team player and leads by example to build trust and credibility. This position will report to the Chief Program Officer.

Location: Hybrid Position (Washington, DC and Remote)

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in implementing the JEDI Strategic Plan, working with key constituencies across the AAG
  • Act as primary liaison to the JEDI Committee, a standing committee that works to advise leadership and staff, serves as a communication conduit between AAG and members, and helps to facilitate action on JEDI-related matters
  • Provide coaching, technical assistance, and monitoring to all programs and central office departments in their development of multiyear diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, objectives, and goals in alignment with the JEDI strategic plan
  • Work with staff, board, and committee leadership to embed JEDI principles and strategic goals throughout AAG programming, including but not limited to:
    • Organizing listening sessions, plenaries, and a curated research track at the annual meeting
    • Supporting an array of AAG communities (e.g., Specialty Groups, Regions, etc.) to increase collaboration and organize programs
    • Working with the JEDI Committee to conduct regular webinars that spotlight work and experiences in the JEDI arena
    • Tracking JEDI efforts and developing appropriate resources and evaluation tools to advance departments' JEDI goals
  • Lead efforts to curate knowledge by creating and maintaining a virtual repository of resources to support knowledge-sharing on issues of JEDI in geography and provide access to training resources
  • Lead efforts to gather and present data on diversity-related issues


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in a related field or an equivalent combination of formal education and experience required
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing diversity and inclusion efforts within an association or other complex organizational structures
  • Demonstrated experience and success in facilitating groups of varying in size, scope, and stakeholder composition
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly convey information and ideas both verbally and in writing
  • Resiliency, flexibility, and capacity to be effective, maintain productivity, keep focus on results and use sound judgment are required attributes
  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate programs and monitor progress over time
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external individuals and organizations
  • Personal qualities of integrity, honesty, credibility, and dedication to the mission of AAG
  • Experience working in academia, non-profits, or research institutes preferred
  • Experience fundraising for programs and working with development staff preferred

About the American Association of Geographers

Questions of geography-where, and why there?-lie at the heart of humanity's greatest challenges, from sustainable development to human rights to climate change. The American Association of Geographers (AAG) is a nonprofit scientific and educational society with professional members from nearly 100 countries who are at the forefront of academic and applied geography globally. AAG members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's annual meeting, scholarly journals, and other events and communications, including affinity groups and more than 70 specialty groups. Now in its second century, the AAG is in the midst of a transformation to serve its members more effectively and advance geographical expertise and viewpoints in local, national, and global discussions of public policy, education, urban and transportation planning, environmental sustainability, and other fields.

The AAG provides a generous and comprehensive employee benefits package, including group health, dental and vision plans, life/AD&D and long-term disability insurance, matching 403(b), flex plans for medical and dependent expenses, commuter Smart Benefits, and paid sick and annual leave.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and desired salary requirements for consideration.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The HR Team
  • Apply Now

    with our quick 3 minute Application!

  • * Fields Are Required

    What is your full name?

    How can we contact you?

  • Sign Up For Job Alerts!

  • Share This Page
  • Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email
logo fb twitter linkedin get consultation home hr outsourcing hr consulting industries we serve resources about us blog contact email YouTube