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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

Executive Office Manager - New
Marketing Manager, Publishing - New
Program Manager - Replacement
Senior Editorial Development Manger - New
Staff Accountant - Replacement
Volunteer Engagement Manager - New


Executive Office Manager - New

The Optical Society (OSA) seeks an Executive Office Manager.  The ideal candidate is able to handle projects in an efficient, proactive, organized, and a professional manner.  This position requires the incumbent to have strong planning, project management, writing and communications capabilities, which will be essential to the effectiveness of the Executive Office activities. The Executive Office Manager must diplomatically interface with all levels of the organization, and manages challenges, from the complex and confidential to some that are more administrative in nature.   
Roles and Responsibilities:
  1. Managing CEO’s Schedule:  partner with the CEO to coordinate and review his/her time, and daily objectives; use that information to develop manage their schedule. Schedule work based on an understanding of the CEO’s priorities and preferences.  He/She will be responsible for calendar management of the CEO (i.e., schedule meetings, appointments, conference calls, travel arrangements, etc.).
  2. Research: Conduct research on issues assigned by the CEO and synthesize findings into presentations, discussion points, or recommendations.  Prioritizes, and follows up on issues and concerns addressed to the CEO, including those of a sensitive or confidential nature.
  3. Planning:  Plans, coordinates and ensures the CEO's schedule is reasonable and prioritized. Provides access to key stakeholders (The Board, C level staff, legal counsel and more), with a high level of flexibility, which would require the SA to understand the CEO’s priorities. .
  4. Communication:   Develop meeting agendas, identify and provide materials, take notes, develop next steps and ensure follow through. Provides a bridge for smooth communication between the Executive Office and internal departments; demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust and support with senior management staff. departments; and demonstrating credibility staff.  Works closely and effectively with the CEO to keep her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  5. Newsletter / Writing: He/She will be responsible for writing, coordinating and managing monthly CEO Newsletter. Partners with key stakeholders across the Society. Creates presentations, and drafts scripts/talks for CEO.
  6. Improve Efficiencies:  Evaluate, prioritize and guide projects and processes by identifying barriers and recommending solutions.
  7. Project Management:  Prioritizes conflicting needs; handles matters expeditiously, proactively, and follows-through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
  8. Organization: Develop intuitive and useful physical and computer filing systems to help CEO stay organized. Help with hand written notes, prep for paper documents, such as speeches, presentations, critical business documents.
  9. Administrative: Handles support tasks for the CEO and Executive Office
Education and Experience Requirements
  1. Bachelor's degree required.
  2. Work tenure: five years plus of experience supporting C-Level Executives.
  3. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high energy environment.
  4. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms.
  5. Experience with day-to-day use of PDA, electronic calendar, voice mail and other technologies to assist with effective and efficient management of the CEO’s office.
  6. Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including editing
  8. Exceptional internal and external interpersonal communication skills
  9. Politically savvy, exhibits good judgment, good common sense
  10. High analytical abilities; good with budgets; numbers
  11. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and volunteers.
  12. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  13. He/she will have demonstrated capabilities to create maintain and analyze reports/graphs that provide value-added information for the CEO.
  14. Ability to travel occasionally, which would involve weekend meetings.
  15. Become part of the C-level team, which requires a high degree of confidentiality.
  16. Assigned a cell phone at OSA’s cost of monthly fees.
If you are interested please submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to OSA offers an attractive compensation package, consisting of a competitive salary and excellent benefits.



Marketing Manager, Publishing - New

The Optical Society (OSA), a Washington, DC-based scientific society, is expanding its marketing team in its Publishing Division and is seeking a dynamic individual for its new Marketing Manager position. The position’s primary role is to execute effective marketing and communication plans including email, direct mail, advertising, exhibits, and web-based promotions.  
Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Developing comprehensive marketing plans, schedules, and strategies on an annual basis for assigned journals to drive usage so as to retain existing or acquire new institutional subscriptions and/or to solicit authors to submit to Open-Access journals.
  1. Executing print, email, online, exhibit and multimedia promotional campaigns outlined in the marketing plans to effectively promote select journals and other products and services as assigned. Implementation of the marketing plans includes the development and distribution of email broadcasts; coordinating targeted list development for print or email promotions; and developing marketing materials for exhibits.
  1. Devising and executing strategies that drive usage of OSA’s electronic products and that best meet the needs of its major constituencies, the library market and authors.
  1. Managing the coordination of OSA Publishing marketing materials needed for table tops or larger booth exhibitions at industry trade shows for scientists and/or librarians.
  1. Producing and scheduling web and print OSA Publishing advertisements along with brief product updates for internal or external websites, print publications, or OSA member newsletters.
  1. Executing and analyzing marketing campaigns and presenting results to editors for assigned journals.

Bachelor’s degree required with five to seven years of experience marketing journals preferred. Excellent communication, interpersonal and project management skills required. Candidate must be a high-energy self-motivated person who is detailed oriented with the ability to multi-task on a daily basis in a fast paced environment.
OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Send resume w/cover letter and salary requirements to



Program Manager - Replacement

The Optical Society (OSA) is seeking an experienced Program 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 priories; 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




Senior Editorial Development Manager - New

The Senior Editorial Development Manager coordinates activities for a portfolio of OSA’s open access and subscription journals, providing input and data for strategies to improve the Journals’ reputation in the community, standing in the marketplace and ultimately their impact on OSA’s finances. The position supports the Sr. Publisher to work with the Editors in Chief to attract and retain authors, to ensure the Journals’ topic scopes evolve to include emerging research areas, and to maintain or improve key journal metrics. Other responsibilities include preparing reports on OSA’s editorial trends for the Board of Editors and Publishing Senior Team along with monitoring editorial trends for competing journals. The position also manages a portfolio of OSA’s partnered titles and supports the associated oversight committees and contract negotiations for partner journals.
Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Editorial Support
    1. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with Editors in Chief, Deputy Editors and other editorial board members.
    2. Support strategies to improve the key performance metrics and reputation of each journal in the portfolio.
      1. Prepare for and conduct monthly status calls to discuss journal performance and strategies with each Editor in Chief. Follow-through on action items.
      2. Work with Sr. Publisher and Editors in Chief to develop editorial plans and monitor progress made towards fulfilling the plans.
      3. Help the Editors in Chief solicit special issues on engaging topics, prepare proposals for the Board of Editors and coordinate review of unsolicited proposals.
      4. Coordinate the schedule of special issues with the editorial office to maintain time lines and prevent a backlog of feature papers.
      5. Monitor trends of monthly top downloads to determine hot topics and work with Editors in Chief and Sr. Publisher to develop initiatives to take advantage of the findings.
      6. Work with the Sr. Publisher and Editors in Chief to identify new content features for the journals and develop implementation plans.
    3. Track the performance statistics of editors and consult with appropriate staff or journal editors to resolve problems.
    4. Analyze trends in submissions, published papers and topic coverage and identify opportunities and/or weaknesses.
    5. In conjunction with Sr. Publisher support periodic ad hoc reviews—review of journal scope, editorial structure, policies, procedures, performance statistics, author and reader satisfaction.
    6. Maintain regular interaction with peer review managers and managing editors to keep abreast of journal operations.
  2. Competitive Analysis
  1. Monitor the activity of select commercial and society publishing competitors to track new journal launches, special issues, editorial boards, time to publication, Impact Factors, etc.
  2. Help identify top authors in the optics and photonics community as well as related communities to receive solicitations to publish in OSA Journals.
  3. Analyze trends in the Journal Citation Reports statistics for OSA Journals and competitors.
  4. Keep abreast of other performance metrics (GoogleScholar, Scopus, Altmetrics, etc.).
  1. Administration
    1. Monitor the performance of OSA’s partner journals, including OSA financials; facilitate status calls for OSA-managed partner journals; and participate in contract negotiations.
    2. Ensure the journal websites for OSA’s partner journals are kept up-to-date.
    3. Prepare and update presentations on OSA Publishing activities used by editors and other OSA volunteers in their travels.
    4. Provide content for the Editors’ Newsletter as appropriate.
    5. Support the efforts of Editor in Chief selection committees.
  1. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience in scientific publishing required. Familiarity with research publication in physics-related journals is preferred.
  2. Experience in successfully managing the expectations of editorial boards or other external clients desired.
  3. Basic knowledge of print and electronic publishing is required.
  4. Project management experience desired.
  1. Excellent interpersonal skills required to collaborate effectively with internal and external contacts at all levels; e.g. authors, editors, OSA governance, OSA Publishing Senior Team and internal OSA staff in multiple departments.
  2. Outstanding writing and oral communication skills. Strong public speaking ability and presentation skills desired.
  3. Ability to take the initiative and manage multiple priorities in a professional and cooperative manner while successfully responding to changing demands.
  4. Strong conceptual and problem-solving abilities required.
  5. Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications is required.
  6. Willingness to work in excess of established work-week when needed.

OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume w/cover letter and salary requirements to


Staff Accountant - Replacement

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Staff Accountant. This individual fills a key role within the accounting group having responsibility for monitoring, analyzing various key components of financial transactions and collaborating with HR, business units, and the Finance team.  The position supports various aspects of finance and accounting for OSA.  The individual is effective and experienced in the general accounting function possessing strong problem solving skills, work ethic, organizational skills, attention to detail, decision making skills, and ability to work with others.  Primary duties include supporting the monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial closing processes and assisting with weekly closing of accounts payable to ensure transactions are in accordance with GAAP and internal policies/procedures and communicating exceptions to management.
Other Responsibilities: 

  1. Reviewing and processing credits and /or refunds.
  2. Maintaining accounting ledgers, reviewing and reconciling transactions.  This includes monthly analysis of all income accounts and other expenses and balance sheet accounts as assigned.
  3. Reviewing and reconciling meeting registration transactions.
  4. Journal entries for OIDA payments, credit card fees, and bank statements for flexible spending, payroll, credit card payments, PayPal, bank fees, wire fees, copy right fees, and postage meters.
  5. Monthly and year end accrual entries for various departments.
  6. Monitoring and ensuring the accuracy of deferred meetings.
  7. Booking adjusting journal entries request by various departments.
Education & Skills: 
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required
  2. 2-3 years applicable experience
  3. Experience in performing accurate high-volume data reconciliations
  4. Demonstrated skills and experience in managing goals through collaboration and teamwork
  5. Demonstrated experience in working with Microsoft Dynamics Solomon general ledger software
  6. Experience with PN3 accounts payable software preferred
  7. Microsoft Office suite; intermediate Excel skills required
  8. Excellent mathematical skills and computational skills
  9. Strong customer service orientation and excellent telephone etiquette
  10. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  11. Strong problem solving skills, work ethic, organizational skills, attention to detail, decision-making skills, and ability to work with others

OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume w/cover letter and salary requirements to



Volunteer Engagement Manager - New

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Volunteer Engagement Manager. The responsibilities of the  Volunteer Engagement Manager includes coordinating OSA volunteer programs such as the OSA Elections, and providing administrative support related to OSA’s governance activities. The incumbent is responsible for i) researching, recruiting and building relationships with the volunteer community; and ii) management of governance and selected volunteer events/activities.  In addition, they will perform a range of complex administrative duties as well as manage key volunteer programs for the Society. The position requires an individual who can succeed in a fast-paced environment and can maintain and strengthen the operational efficiencies of the department.

  1. Volunteer Relations-Ongoing research, recruiting and relationship-building with leading scientists and business professionals, e.g., identification/cultivation of thought-leaders in targeted fields, ensuring that volunteers continue to be engaged in OSA activities when their current terms expire, enhancing database profiles for members/prospects, periodic outreach to key volunteers/VIPs (correspondence, holiday cards, activity updates); and executive-level reporting on volunteer participation, demographics, survey feedback, etc.  
  2. Communications – Support Volunteer Relations by drafting correspondences and anniversary recognition materials (certificates, congratulatory notes, letters, reports), and records management. Prepare draft invitation lists for various events/meetings. Assist with mailing of Holiday and Chinese New Year Cards. Draft notes for all Board/committee correspondences.                                                                            
  3. Governance Support – Provide administrative support for OSA Board of Directors in the form of creating (and shipping) background materials (both paper and electronic) for board meetings, update Board and Executive Committee rosters, preparing on-site slides for Board and Executive meetings, assist with on-site logistics, create tent cards for meetings, update officer job descriptions, take minutes during board meetings, track action items, update motion log, scan and archive board books and minutes, update website with new board member bios. Draft pre-call agendas for the Executive Committee and the Board. Serve as point person for updates to governance information on Society’s website and within database (Volunteers/Committees/Councils). Support the Executive Office with key Governance meetings such as Winter Leadership, Strategy Week, CLEO, FiO, etc. Process and track expense reports for non-board travel. Manage new member orientation materials and meetings. Assist with updates/reminder messages/action item follow up both internally and externally. Track conflict of interest forms for Board members. 
  4. Special Programs –Assist with management of programs to include the planning, budgeting, coordination and implementation of the International Year of Light and OSA Centennial celebration activities. The incumbent will support other programmatic areas as needed (i.e., programs require cross-departmental efforts especially in the areas of special events, marketing/communications and fundraising). 
  5. Election – Staff liaison to the Tellers Committee. Coordinate all aspects of the OSA Election to include candidate materials, vendor liaison, promotion, logistics, monitoring of voting, and preparing materials for Tellers Committee and Board of Directors. Serve as staff liaison to assigned Committees including but not limited to: budget planning, communications, planning timeline, facilities set-up, program, and program participants. The incumbent will attend all meetings and any special events that pertain to his/her Committees.  
  6. Other: Provide limited coverage of Executive Office when CEO special assistant is out of the office. Maintain governance section on shared community drive.


  1. Four year college degree
  2. 5+ years working with volunteer management and committee governance
  3. Project management experience
  4. Outgoing, high energy approach to staff and volunteers
  5. Strong written and verbal communication and problem solving skills
  6. Proficiency in Microsoft office/Windows, database applications
  7. Multi-task oriented with excellent organizational skills
  8. Ability to establish and maintain record-keeping system and files
  9. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated effectiveness working in a team environment
  10. Ability to travel 3-4 times per year.

Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please send cover letters and resumes with salary requirements to