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OSA is a great place to work! With its attractive benefits package, community atmosphere and stimulating environment, the Society offers diverse and challenging opportunities for personal and professional growth. OSA fosters a productive environment in which all employees are valued as a vital part of the Society and deliver quality service to external and internal community, in compliance with all legal requirements.

To apply for a position, please send resume and cover letter to or fax them to +1 202.223.1096.

Current Employment Opportunities

Chief Public Relations Officer
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
Program Planner/Manager
Public Relations Intern


Chief Public Relations Officer

The Optical Society (OSA) is seeking a skilled advocacy and media communications expert to support this global organization’s legislative strategic planning, message development and media strategy.
The successful candidate will lead a small team of qualified, motivated talent in designing and directing PR, branding, communications, message development, online advocacy, speech and presentation development for executive visibility.
This position will support the P/R needs of the CEO and operational oversight of Government Relations, Media and Communications (internal/external).  The role will lead the development of assigned programs, as well as messaging platforms that increase awareness of the association and its products and services.  This role is also charged with developing holistic, multi-channel, multi-stakeholder communication programs and creating positive, proactive working relationships with key members of the media and other third party influencers globally and in key markets.  In addition, this position will support the CEO by translating goals into priorities and tasks, setting deadlines, monitoring Capitol Hill activities, and adjusting related work flows to match changing priorities.   
Job Qualifications:

  1. Expertise in communications, government relations and advocacy
  2. Active participation with issues management communications, including writing, serving as corporate spokesperson and collaborating with other societies & management
  3. Experience working with a volunteer-driven organization (corporate & individual membership)
  4. Extensive project management and supervisory experience
  5. Skilled in using social media as a key component of the communications plan
  6. Oversight and management of the organization’s external face to its community.
  7. Experience with a fast-paced office environment and regularly changing  priorities
  8. Strong track record of high integrity, solid judgment, confidentiality, and discretion
  9. Proven ability to analyze, prioritize, and execute complex tasks under deadline and to dedicate extra effort when necessary to complete assignments and achieve desired results
  10. Ten years’ professional work experience in progressively more responsible roles
  11. Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  12. Master’s degree
  13. Experience in the following: science and engineering industry/community; communication’s role in US national campaigns; experience with US federal agencies/ National labs

We offer a competitive compensation package. Please send your cover letter and resume with salary requirements to Human Resources at


Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Director, Financial Planning & Analysis. The Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, has three primary areas of responsibilities:

  1. Manage development of the annual operating budget and quarterly estimates, and contribute to the development of the multi-year plan and rolling forecasts.    
  2. Provide management decision support through ad hoc and special projects analyses as well as ongoing analysis of key performance indicators.
  3. Review and create monthly financial reporting packages, annotate budget vs. actual variances for the Executive Team, Senior Team, and the Senior Director, Finance.



1. Annual Budget and Quarterly Estimates Process:

A. Partner with Senior Director, Finance, to manage the development of the OSA-wide annual budget and quarterly estimates, rolling forecasts, and support the Executive Team in creating a multi-year plan.

B. Recommend and implement process efficiencies in the financial planning function; maintain the tools used for planning and reporting.


2. Management Decision Support:

A. Understand trends in business line revenue, expenses and operations to identify potential issues and opportunities; optimize ROI and pricing models.

B. Analyze complex financial information to provide accurate, timely and thoughtful recommendations to management for decision-making purposes.

C. Review current and past trends of key performance metrics; introduce predictive analysis of revenue, direct costs, overhead expenses and capital expenditures.


3. Financial Reporting:

A. Review financial statements, capital expenditures, and other performance indicators and prepare monthly management reporting packages with variance analyses and annotations.

B. Assist in the preparation and review of materials for Board Finance and Audit committees and Investment subcommittee.

C. Create and maintain financial dashboards and other graphical presentation of data for management, verifying data integrity and the story behind the data.  



  1. Assist the Senior Director, Finance, Executive Team, and other senior team members as needed.
  2. Develop professional and technical knowledge by attending educational seminars, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional societies.
  3. Support the Finance team’s goals and OSA’s vision and culture.
  4. Contribute to the development and maintenance of appropriate financial policies and procedures.




  1. Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting; MBA and CPA highly preferred. Knowledge of accounting is essential for this position.
  2. At least 8 years of progressively responsible management experience in financial/operational analysis in a medium to large size society or non-profit.
  3. Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and recommend creative solutions based on accurate and thorough analyses.
  4. Experience with cost accounting: unit pricing, incremental cost, breakeven analysis, activity based costing, fixed and variable costs, overhead allocation, labor job costing, labor utilization, etc.
  5. Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work with team members in a hands-on management capacity.
  6. Established track record of building relationships and credibility with C-level staff, department heads, senior managers and other stakeholders.    
  7. Excellent business/financial systems and project management skills.
  8. Strong presentation skills, particularly with executive management and board members, with the ability to communicate, verbally and in writing, complex financial information at the right level, depending on the audience.
  9. Ability to understand and appreciate data and details without losing focus on the big picture.
  10. Comfortable with ambiguity and able to synthesize disparate data sources to complete analyses.
  11. High level of integrity and dependability with a sense of urgency for completing quality work on time.



  1. Advanced Excel skills and strong working knowledge of PowerPoint and Word.
  2. Recent experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL/Solomon.
  3. Experience with BI360 product suite (planning, reporting, data warehouse) and Tableau.


OSA offers a competitive salary and generous benefits. Send cover letter and resume with salary requirements to




Program Planner/Manager

The Optical Society (OSA) is seeking an experienced Program Planner/Manager to manage, coordinate and execute all program development aspects of multiple conferences and meetings.  Position serves as initial and primary liaison to volunteer program planning committees; oversees production of conference program book and proceedings; balances volunteer requests and requirements with financial and performance metrics; works  collaboratively with other program managers to manage, delegate, and balance assignments for support staff. 
Requirements include bachelor’s college degree; excellent verbal, written and interpersonal  communications skills; five plus years’ experience in program development and volunteer management; ability to manage multiple prioties; strong organizational skills; Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and occasional travel.  Experience with scientific meetings with open call for papers and peer-reviewed programs preferred. 
OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please send your cover letter and resume with salary requirements to Human Resources at

Public Relations Intern

Prestigious non-profit, scientific association in Dupont Circle is seeking a college-level assistant majoring in public relations/communications to work in the PR and communications department.  Intern will assist with tasks such as:

  • Monitoring and tracking media coverage
  • Compiling and distributing weekly news round-up reports
  • Writing press releases and other promotional copy
  • Supporting conference/tradeshow PR planning
  • Updating and maintaining press contact lists
  • Other PR administrative tasks

Position requires strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and superior writing ability.  You will gain practical, hands-on public relations experience at a national non-profit organization. Assignments will be comparable to those of an entry-level PR position and will give you a well-rounded introduction to a fast-paced PR environment.
Term: Fall 2014, part-time (15 hours per week).  Stipend/hourly rate commensurate with experience. 
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Send resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to