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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

Associate Editor - Replacement
Grants Manager - Replacement
Marketing Manager, Publishing - New
Summer Intern


Associate Editor - Replacement

The Optical Society (OSA) seeks an Associate Editor to provide writing, editing, and print and online production support for Optics & Photonics News, the flagship magazine of The Optical Society. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and editing the front-of-book features for the magazine, edits occasional feature article content, writes news stories on recent scientific research, and handles the social-media effort for OPN and for OSA’s Publishing Department.
Primary responsibilities include:
Front of Book and Departments Editor for OPN
  1. Work with OPN Editor and external contributing editors to develop ideas, calendar and content for OPN’s “Pulses” section (departments/columns).
  2. Schedule, solicit, and follow up with authors on content for Pulses; maintain rolling publication schedule; report to OPN Editor on schedule and plan.
  3. Edit Pulses content and work with authors and OPN Creative Director to develop sources for visuals and images; follow through to article production.
  4. 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.
  5. Perform occasional substantive edits or rewrites of 3,000-word feature articles, on topics related to optical physics and engineering, as assigned by OPN Editor.
News Stories for Online Newsroom
  1. 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, based on story assignment from OPN Editor. Stage stories online for approval and publishing by OPN Editor.
Social-Media Management for OPN and OSA Publishing Department
  1. Post stories from OPN on OPN Twitter account and OSA Facebook page.
  2. 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.
  3. Work with OSA communications team on social media scheduling and on OPN’s role in corporate social-media strategy.
    Requirements include four-year degree, preferably in English, communications, or related subject; excellent verbal and written communication skills; three to five years’ experience editing and writing topics for a scientific audience in news, feature or magazine formats. Professional-level editorial, writing, research and proofreading skills; Ability to meet multiple deadlines, coordinate details and work independently; Excellent communication and teamwork; Experience writing/communication 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.
    OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Please send resume w/cover letter and salary requirements to




Grants Manager - Replacement

The Optical Society (OSA) is seeking a Grants Manager. The Grants Manager will be responsible for the entire grant lifecycle, including pre-award, post-award, and close-out activities.  More specifically, this position is responsible for researching, identifying and qualifying  appropriate sources of funding, creating and preparing persuasive and accurate proposals and submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing and new grant-funded projects. The successful candidate will work with the organizations Science Advisors, executive team and meetings department to build a robust program and obtain federal, international and private funding that supports OSA’s Education and Technical programs. This is a position at a cutting edge scientific organization. 


Success in this position depends on the ability to think strategically while managing multiple projects that require a high attention to detail. The successful candidate will be a self-starter; possess a high level of motivation and creativity; have the ability to work cooperatively and be effective at time management. In addition, he or she will be responsible for:
  1. Write and submit grant applications on behalf of OSA.
  2. Comply with grant administration policies and procedures in accordance with state, and federal regulation.
  3. Performs extensive grant administration functions such as billing in various online federal platforms, preparing budgets, monitoring submission status, and managing relationships with funding Contracting Officers.
  4. Coordinate cross-departmental activity related to developing proposals and final reports and serve as a resource to the institution regarding federal funding.
  5. Ensure that OSA complies with the terms of all of its grants, including accurate and timely preparation of grant reports, and interim and final reports.
  6. Support federal audits, and data collection with accurate documentation.
  7. Maintain internal reporting systems; writing reports; maintaining excellent historical records and prepare written and statistical reports for various audiences.
  8. Works with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations.
  9. Processes payment requests in a timely manner to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays.
  10. Research new grant opportunities including international and private foundations.
  11. Develop and foster relationships Contracting Officers of funders including government agencies, international funders, corporate donors and other institutional funders.
  12. Establish and maintain program to enhance OSA relationships and visibility within granting agencies.
  1. Work with supervisor (Director of Business Development, Meetings & Conventions) to develop grants income goals and track monthly performance.
  2. Refine, strengthen, and improve The Optical Society’s systems and processes for administering and reporting on federal and state grants.
  3. As possible and appropriate, serve as the primary liaison and coordinator for OSA’s federal, international and private grant partners.
Position Requirements
  1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  2. Must have federal or state government grant experience.
  3.  2 – 4 years of grant administration experience  
  4. Knowledge of grant administration systems, processes and budgeting
  5. Ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information and to prepare reports and correspondences
  6. Demonstrable capacity to manage cross-functional projects
  7. Fluency with relevant OMB policies and expectations
  8. Exceptional inter-personal and organizational skills
  9.  Excellent attention to detail; ability to proofread effectively
  10. Self-initiator with the ability to work efficiently, intensely, and within an entrepreneurial environment
  11. Federal or Corporate Contract experience a plus
  12. DoD knowledge also beneficial though not necessary
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



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


Summer Intern

The Optical Society a prestigious non-profit, scientific professional society in Dupont Circle is seeking a college-level intern for their Conventions & Meetings Department. This position will assist the OSA Meetings Department staff with the Society’s meeting(s) preparation and execution.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Assists with drafting and distributing housing emails to authors and attendees not in hotel block.
  • Proofs attendee communications such as the What to Know Before You Go messages.
    Event Marketing & Promotion
  • Drafts copy for meeting websites and microsites.
  • Assists with developing slides for session walk-in/out presentations.
    General Logistics Support
  • Provides general assistance for on-site pre-con meetings.
  • Assist in the preparation of poster session logistics – numbers, pins, etc.
  • Creates content capture log for tracking session recording on-site.
  • Produce session count sheets.
  • Prepares pre-con staff packets according to Meetings Team’s requirements.
  • Assists in production of award certificates.
  • Produces signage inserts.
  • Proofs meeting signage.
  • Coordinates packing and shipping of conference materials.
  • Creates and distributes shipping labels.
  • Works with Meetings Team to maintain staff housing list.
  • Coordinates with Meetings Team to create VIP housing list.
  • Assists Registration Manager with all general registration processes as needed/assigned.
  • Assists in the content development of registration confirmation letters.
  • Coordinates the issuing visa letter to include collecting contact information, creating form letters and mailing or faxing.
  • Supports registration manager in maintaining inventory of registration meeting supplies.
  • Assists in assembling attendee materials, e.g. producing badges and any associated info cards and organizing registration materials for on-site distribution.
  • Trains and understands the organization’s registration system.
  • Provides backup with key registration tasks such as responding to event inquiries, testing of registration sites.
    Vendor Management
  • Assists with preparing RFPs.
  • Compiles incoming proposals for review.
  • Assist in finalizing arrangements with various meeting vendors (decorator, audiovisual, hotel, supplies).

           Other Job Functions
  • Performs various administrative duties including but not limited to:Preparation of, proofing and editing correspondence; coordinating mailings; responding to routine questions and requests for information.
  • Special projects as assigned.
  • May assist in on-site execution of local events.


  • Experience with Microsoft Office 2010.
  • High degree of professionalism.
  • Strong organizing skills.
  • High level of attention to detail and seeing projects through to their completion.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team.
  • Good research and writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to learn new technologies and processes quickly.
    Summer 2016, part-time (15 -20 hours per week). Stipend/hourly rate of $15.00 per hour. Please send cover letter and resume to