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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

CAM Intern
Economics Intern
Exhibits Operations Director
OPN Associate Editor
PR Intern
Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis
Senior Staff Accountant


CAM Intern

The Optical Society, a prestigious non-profit, scientific professional society in Washington, D.C., is seeking a college-level intern with an interest in science and strong communication skills to assist with a highly-valued video content project that was created in celebration of The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

Position Summary: 
Writing and Communication
  • Watch taped interviews and tag for editing
  • Review transcripts for accuracy
  • Write brief and more detailed captions for videos
  • Email members when their videos have been edited
  • Update list with member details
  • De-dup conference registration lists
  • Schedule member interviews
  • Update information in video management system
Position requires strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and superior writing ability.  You will be watching, editing and writing captions for interviews with current and emerging leaders in optics and other sciences about their background, current research and often predictions for the future.

Education & Experience:
  • College-level coursework in communications
  • Experience using Microsoft office software
    Skills & Abilities:
  • Interpersonal and written communication skills required for internal and external contacts
  • Ability to manage workflow with daily deadlines
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment

    15 -20 hours per week. Stipend/hourly rate to commensurate with experience.

    Send resume, cover letter and one page writing sample to

Economics Intern

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for an intern majoring in Economics. This position requires primary and secondary research and analysis regarding the size and trends of industry sectors and government funding.  Primary research includes information from financial reports of public corporations and government budget documents.  Secondary research includes compiling press releases and other public information on market estimates by market research firms.  In addition, the primary and secondary data must be analyzed to identify trends and insights useful to the photonics industry.  The position requires someone who can work independently; the researcher will be given regular direction from OSA staff, but the location and interpretation of most of the target data will not be known up front. 
The position requires approximately 20 hours per week using online sources of information and possibly some phone interviews.  Each week’s progress will be reported to an OSA staff person assigned to the project, and guidance will be provided for the following week.  OSA will provide a workspace and use of a computer for the project.
Qualifications: college student seeking a BA or MA in Economics.
Please send resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to

Exhibits Operations Director

The Optical Society seeks an Exhibit Operations Director to manage the successful execution of all exhibits-related logistical aspects of OSA’s meeting portfolio.

Duties include oversight of logistical activities relating to planning and executing an exhibit, including but not limited to focus on customer service, budget creation, show services invoice payments, floor plan creation, vendor/independent contractor selection and oversight, site visits, venue selection recommendation, contract review, sponsorship fulfillment, strategic analysis of products impacting exhibitor and attendee experience, engagement with key internal and external stakeholders and supervision of Exhibits Team support staff.

Position requires Bachelor’s degree;  and CMP or CEM preferred.  Candidate must have 7-10 years exhibit and meeting planning experience; proficiency with MS Office applications; knowledge of Association Management Software (Access, ACT, ExpoCAD); knowledge of Registration and Membership Management Systems such as IMiS, Avectra, Cvent; and ability to quickly master new applications.  Position requires a strong professional image, solid organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects, strong writing and proof-reading abilities and exceptional attention to detail. 

Candidates must be willing and able to travel frequently for 2-10 day trips and work extended hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
Located in Dupont Circle, OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to
OPN Associate Editor

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for an OPN Associate Editor to provide editing, copyediting and print/online production support for Optics & Photonics News, the flagship magazine of The Optical Society. The AE manages and edits the front-of-book features for the magazine, edits occasional feature article content, writes news stories on recent scientific research and career issues as assigned, handles the social-media effort for OPN, and contributes to the social-media effort of OSA’s larger Publications Department.
Primary Responsibilities:
Front-of-Book and Departments Editor for OPN
  • Work with OPN Editor and external contributing editors to develop ideas, calendar and content for OPN’s “Pulses” section (departments/columns).
  • Schedule, solicit, and follow up with authors on content for Pulses; maintain rolling publication schedule; report to OPN Editor on schedule and plan.
  • Edit Pulses content for OPN length, audience, and house style; work with authors and OPN Creative Director to develop sources for visuals and images; follow through to article production.
  • Drawing on online postings and other source material, assemble, edit to fit, and work with Creative Director on layout of monthly “Newsroom,” “OSA Update,” and “Calendar” sections. Stage online versions of Newsroom and OSA Update for each OPN issue.
  • Perform occasional substantive edits or rewrites of 3,000-word feature articles, on topics related to optical physics and engineering, for OPN length, audience, and house style, as assigned by OPN Editor.
News Stories for Online Newsroom
  • One to two times per week, drawing on press releases, scientific papers, and other resources as time permits, write news story on recent scientific development in optics and photonics and on career development issues for scientists, based on story assignment from OPN Editor. Stage stories online for approval and publishing by OPN Editor.
Social-Media Management for OPN and OSA Publications Department
  • Post stories from OPN on OPN Twitter account and OSA Facebook page.
  • Working with editorial and marketing staff in OSA Publications department, develop schedule for, write and post social-media messages for selected OSA-published papers on multiple social-media channels.
  • Work with OSA communications team on social media scheduling and on OPN’s role in corporate social-media strategy. Track and report on activity.
Secondary Responsibilities
  • Assist with issue editorial and production logistics, including quality review of articles and monthly issue proof book, selected correspondence, securing copyright, digital asset management, etc., as directed by OPN Editor.
  • Attend and participate in weekly OPN planning meeting and monthly art meeting.
  • Other responsibilities as directed by OPN Editor.
Education and Experience:
  • Four-year degree in English, communications or a related subject, required. A strong background in science and technology topics and culture is highly desirable. Candidates with a degree in a physical or biological science will also be considered if they have appropriate/relevant editorial and writing experience.
  • Three to five years’ experience editing and writing about topics for a scientific audience in news, feature or magazine formats, with relevant clips.
  • Strong time- and project-management skills.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Professional-level editorial, copyediting, proofreading, writing, and research skills.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines, coordinate details and work independently.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork.
  • Experience communicating/writing in multiple contexts, for audiences at multiple levels of technical sophistication.
  • Strong interest in science and technology issues; demonstrated ability to quickly come up to speed on unfamiliar technical topics.
  • Knowledge of print and web publishing.
  • Solid skills with Microsoft Office suite required; hands-on experience with Adobe Creative Suite and web content management tools strongly preferred.
  • Image- and multimedia-editing skills desirable.
OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume w/cover letter and salary requirements to  

PR Intern

The Optical Society, a prestigious non-profit, scientific professional society in Dupont Circle is seeking a college-level intern majoring in public relations/integrated communications to work on the public relations team.

Position Summary: 
Writing, Research & Analytics
  • Manage timelines, project trackers
  • Writing press releases and other promotional copy
  • Supporting conference/tradeshow PR planning and implementation
  • Updating and maintaining media contact lists
  • Other PR tasks as assigned

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 an international 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.

Education & Experience:
  • College-level coursework in public relations and/or integrated communications
  • Familiarity with social media and media relations tactics
  • Experience using Microsoft office software
    Skills & Abilities:
  • Interpersonal and written communication skills required for internal and external contacts
  • Ability to manage workflow with daily deadlines
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment

    January-June 2017, part-time (20-25 hours per week). Stipend/hourly rate to commensurate with experience. Will need to come in for training in early December before formally starting the position.

    Earn credit. Build your resume and PR industry references. Get valuable PR experience.

    Send resume, cover letter and two page writing sample to


Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Senior Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis, in its Finance Department. The Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis has three primary areas of responsibilities:
  1. Manage the annual development of the operating budget and estimates, and contribute to the development of the multi-year plan and rolling forecasts.
  2. Provide executive decision support through ad hoc and special projects analyses along with ongoing analysis of key performance/results indicators.
  3. Review monthly financial statements and annotate budget vs. actual variances for the Executive Team, Senior Team, and the Senior Director, Finance.
  1. Annual Budget and Estimates:
    1. 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.
    2. Recommend and implement process efficiencies in the financial planning function; maintain tools used for planning and reporting.
  2. Executive Decision Support:
    1. Understand trends in business line revenue, expenses and operations to identify potential risks and opportunities; create and optimize business models.
    2. Analyze complex financial information to provide accurate, timely and thoughtful recommendations to management.
    3. Review current and past trends of key performance/results metrics; introduce predictive analysis of revenue, direct costs, overhead expenses and capital expenditures.
  1. Financial Reporting:
    1. Review financial statements, capital expenditures, and other performance indicators and prepare monthly executive reporting package with variance analyses and annotations.
    2. Assist in the preparation and review of the materials for Finance Council, Audit Council, and Investment Subcommittee.
    3. Create and maintain financial dashboards and other graphical presentation of data for management, verifying data integrity and identifying performance and risks.
  1. Assist Executive Team and Senior Team and Senior Director, Finance, as needed.
  2. Supports year-end and audit preparations.
  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 experience with hands-on accounting and financial/operational analysis and planning background in a medium to large size non-profit.
  3. 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.
  4. Experience creating capital investment models to calculate payback, ROI, IRR and NPV.
  5. Advanced Excel skills and intermediate PowerPoint and Word skills.
  6. Experience with BI360 product suite (planning, reporting, data warehouse) and Tableau.
  7. Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL or Solomon and NetForum.
  1. Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment and recommend creative solutions based on accurate and thorough analyses.
  2. Track record of building relationships and credibility with C-level staff, department heads, senior managers and other stakeholders.Possess high level of diplomacy in dealing with stakeholders.
  3. Solid 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 for the intended audience.
  4. Knowledge of financial systems database tables, fields and joins.
  5. Ability to understand and appreciate data and details while maintaining big picture perspective.
  6. Comfortable with ambiguity and able to synthesize disparate data sources for analyses.
  7. High level of integrity and dependability with a sense of urgency for completing quality work on time.  Effective project management and process improvement skills.
  8. Demonstrated ability to roll-up sleeves and work with team members in a hands-on management capacity.
Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to

Senior Staff Accountant

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Senior Staff Accountant to manage the accounts payable process to ensure timely payment of vendor invoices, travel and expense reports, and awards/grants in adherence with established policies and procedures.  Position also supports general ledger function, creating and reviewing journal entries, reports and schedules, and performing account reconciliations.  The Senior Accountant works closely with Finance staff to streamline internal processes and improve business operations while maintaining appropriate internal controls. 
70% Accounts Payable
  1. Manage the accounts payable function.Key duties include reviewing payment requests for authorization, support, coding, dues dates, terms and most appropriate method (checks, ACH, wire) for payment for weekly check run.
  2. Review wire payment requests and bank information entered in bank portal.
  3. Provide guidance, information and assistance to departments on account payable  process, policies and reporting.
  4. Direct the work of the AP coordinator and other accounting staff who support the AP process.Balance weekly workload.Develop and cross-train team for efficiency and effectiveness.
  5. Serve as backup system administrator for PN3.
  6. Review quarterly 1099 transactions and year-end 1099 issuance.
  7. Ensure timely and accurate AP month-end and year-end close.
30% General Ledger
  1. Create journal entries to expense corporate credit card charges, bank and credit card fees allocations, retirement and flexible spending accounts, payroll, credit card receipts, PayPal, postage meters, and building services accruals.
  2. Review and reconcile select income, expense and balance sheet accounts.
  3. Prepare work papers and schedules to be used in conjunction with the annual and interim audit.
  4. Assist in developing and maintaining finance department policies and procedures to adhere to internal control procedures and accounting standards while maintaining efficiency.
  5. Perform other duties as requested.
  1. Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, CPA a plus.
  2. At least 5 years of applicable experience.
  3. Experience completing accurate high-volume tasks under tight deadlines.
  4. Experience with international payment transactions.
  5. Experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL and Management Reporter.
  1. Advanced Excel skills.
  2. Excellent mathematical skills.
  3. Diplomatic and customer service focused.
  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to interact with all staff levels.
  5. Applies good judgment with problem solving and critical thinking skills, strong workethic, highly organized, detail oriented, produces accurate work in high volume environment.
  6. Internal control mindset with pragmatic approach to application.
  7. Demonstrated skills in managing goals through collaboration and teamwork.

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