ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

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Volunteer Leadership Center

ASA Seeks Nominees and Self-Nominees for 2018-2020 Board and Volunteer Leadership Openings.

Applications for the Board of Directors, volunteer leadership committee and council opportunities will be accepted through September 7, 2017.

ASA is a member-driven, member-led organization whose committees and Board structure offer many opportunities for members to engage as volunteer leaders in the organization. Following is information describing those committee and volunteer opportunities. An application follows, along with links to additional information. We welcome your deeper engagement in the life of ASA and welcome your expression of interest and your completed application for service.

Please Note: In order to apply for service as a member of ASA’s Board of Directors, or to serve on an ASA Standing Committee or Constituent Group Council or Editorial Committee, you must be a current ASA member, and you must maintain your membership through the duration of your term of service. Applications from individuals who are not ASA members will not be accepted.

ASA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with providing effective governance to the organization. As trustees of a nonprofit organization, the directors comprise the governing body legally responsible for carrying out ASA’s mission, safeguarding the organization’s assets, and ensuring the future of the organization. The board is responsible for providing clarity of mission and strategic direction for ASA, as well as giving guidance, assistance, and oversight to ASA’s Chief Executive Officer.

Applications for two year Board terms beginning in March, 2018 are now being accepted.

In addition to the core competencies outlined on the Board Roles and Responsibilities document, ASA is looking to bring Board candidates with the following skillset:

  • Ability to advance collaborations and strategic alliances
  • Ability to connect ASA with foundation and corporate donors and supporters
  • Finance and accounting expertise
  • Marketing and social media expertise

Click here to apply for an ASA Board of Directors position. Serving Board members should also complete a Board application for a continuing term, detailing their contributions to the Board.

Click here to view the current Board of Directors Roster (PDF).

Click here for an outline of Board Roles and Responsibilities (PDF).



ASA Standing Committees

Click here to apply for service on an ASA Standing Committee.

ASA is seeking volunteers to serve on the Standing Committees listed below. All positions are at-large two-year appointments, and begin in March in conjunction with the annual meeting. All committees meet at least twice a year via conference call and, in most cases, one time in-person at the ASA annual conference. Committee service is open to ASA members only.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee provides input to ASA staff on all aspects related to the ASA Awards Programs, including review of award nominations and applications as well as the selection of award recipients.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a standing committee, the purpose of which is to ensure universal inclusion and participation of people at all levels of ASA activities. We invite and value such participation without regard to age or ability; racial, ethnic or gender identities; or sexual orientation. The committee work may touch upon or include such activities as membership recruitment or developing learning opportunities at regional, national and international levels where possible.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee’s responsibilities are to represent the general membership, and to guide and shape the membership value proposition. The Committee encourages, promotes and enhances networking and marketing opportunities to expand and retain the membership base of ASA. This includes expanding outreach efforts, refining marketing and retention strategies, assessing membership costs and benefits structures and building a stronger membership community based on ASA's strategic goals.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee is responsible for developing activities that ensure a voice in appropriate state and national public policy which address the needs of older people. The Committee members work with staff in the coordination of ASA's activities on public policy for the good of ASA and the constituency it serves. 

ASA Constituent Group Council and Editorial Committee Opportunities

Click here to apply for service on ASA Constituent Group Council(s) and/or CG Editorial Committee(s)

Each of ASA's constituent groups focuses on the interests and concerns of professionals working in the settings and disciplines addressed by the group. The Council of each constituent group is responsible for providing direction and guidance to the network and meets at least twice a year via conference call as well as during the ASA Annual Conference. Constituent Group Council and Editorial Committee service is open to ASA members only.


ASA Editorial Advisors


Click here to apply for service on Generations Editorial Advisory Board.

Each issue of Generations, ASA’s flagship quarterly journal, is devoted to a particular topic in aging and features nationally recognized authors and guest editors.

Responsibilities of Generations Editorial Advisors:

  • Participating in two one-day in-person meetings per year, held at the ASA Annual Conference and also at the GSA Annual Conference
  • Participating in a group process for Generations issue theme selection
  • Acting as a contact to prospective authors and/or guest editors
  • Contributing articles (optional)
  • Promoting the publication

Aging Today

Click here to apply for service on Aging Today  Editorial Advisory Committee.

ASA’s bimonthly newspaper, Aging Today, covers advances in practice, policy and research nationwide.

Responsibilities of Aging Today Editorial Advisors:

  • Participating in quarterly meetings (three meetings via conference call and one in-person meeting during the ASA Annual Conference)
  • Acting as a contact to prospective authors
  • Contributing articles (optional)
  • Identifying reprint possibilities
  • Promoting the publication

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