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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


Director, Membership Marketing & Sales


The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Director of Membership Marketing & Sales. The Director of Membership Marketing and Sales is responsible for planning and implementing sales, marketing and membership product development programs, both short and long range, targeted toward existing and new members. In addition, responsible for developing strategic partnerships to increase membership growth and engagement.  


Overall responsible for the creative design and marketing efforts, of OSA’s membership programs, member newsletter, quarterly membership magazine, OSA Online store, member acquisition and retention campaigns. Provide marketing guidance and support to membership team.      




Membership Marketing & Design:

  1. Set overall visual and design tone for OSA Member Newsletter, quarterly magazine, and OSA online store products.
  2. Design member newsletter and magazine cover and selected feature articles and columns, researching/acquiring appropriate photography/illustrations and reformatting/updating figures as needed.
  3. Design and create graphic designs for membership programs and products
  4. Prepare member newsletter and magazine pages for final print production, collecting files, art, and fonts and checking format.
  5. Draft imposition and layout of magazine using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  6. Identify opportunities to develop or acquire relevant images through image databases or individual photographers, organizations, or illustrators, and manage those arrangements by working closely with vendors, negotiating prices and handling invoices.
  7. Leads the development of a comprehensive marketing plan to increase acquisition and retention of OSA members overall—and selected membership categories.  
  8. Executing print, email, online, exhibit and multimedia promotional campaigns outlined in the marketing plans to effectively promote selected membership products. 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.
  9. Responsible for updating and maintaining the production of a monthly dashboard that tracks the marketing projects delivered by this position.
  10. Partner with Chief, with the support of gathering reporting for Board of Directors and Council.
  11. Collaborates with Chief in research, and deepening member value and engagement.


Membership Acquisitions & Retention

  1. Develop and implement a comprehensive membership acquisition and retention strategy plan to recruit new members to OSA and retain existing members.
  2. Identify high-value sales territory, channels, and prospects to meet membership and revenue targets, in collaboration with stakeholders.
  3. Present, promote and sell products/services/memberships using solid sales techniques  to existing and prospective customers
  4. Responsible for communicating to current and potential members via telephone calls (outbound and inbound calls), direct mail, social media interactions, and email communication.
  5. Assesses existing benefits and member survey data on an ongoing basis, and makes recommendations for benefits relevant to specific membership categories.
  6. Oversees the development of global membership campaigns that meet diverse needs in all parts of the world, supporting their efforts to increase and retain members in all populations.
  7. Develops strategy plan to create a member experience from student through emeritus member category. 
  8. Oversees their assigned programs for quality and accuracy of member communications
  9. Oversees the management and efficiency of the membership module within OSA’s CRM database (member communications, reports, member totals and updates.)


  1. Bachelor’s degree required and design experience/coursework required.
  2. 5-10 years experience in graphic design, specifically in the area of magazine production, required.
  3. Knowledge of four-color printing required.



  1. Experience managing lists for email and direct mail marketing campaigns for membership sales.
  2. Experience in prospect development & management, member acquisition & retention, and engagement with members.
  3. Working knowledge of publication production and editing functions required.
  4. Proficiency in design software specifically InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, required.
    1. Proficiency in Dreamweaver Web design software and HTML, XML and Flash.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills required to work with production, manuscript and editorial staff and external authors and vendors.
  6. Ability to meet production deadlines while maintaining cooperative attitude and flexibility with multiple priorities.
  7. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently required.
  8. Interest in science preferred.
  9. Strong customer service orientation required.
  10. Excellent English writing and grammatical skills required.
  11. Must perform consistently well under pressure and be able to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines at once.
  12. Consistent and thorough attention to detail.


OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to




Director, Public Relations


The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Director, Public Relations. The position will plan, direct and implement all public relations activities for OSA towards the objective of ensuring high quality communications in support of OSA’s mission and to enhance the society’s external reputation. Manage key communications efforts. Support meetings’ and publications’ efforts as they relate to communications and promotional opportunities.



  1. Create, oversee and implement overall PR plans for OSA as well as PR plans for individual programs and projects for both domestic and international activities.
  2. Support plenary speaker selection, outreach and confirmation for relevant OSA meetings and events (Leadership, OFC, FiO and 3 OSA Congresses) to identify public relations opportunities. Serves as primary contact for content development, on-site logistics and speaker management.
  3. Develop and implement PR programs for OFC, OSA Life Science, OSA Imaging, OSA Laser Congress and CLEO, FiO (including Daily Wrap content, video production, plenary scripting and plenary speaker management.)
  4. Manage PR programs for special projects, e.g., International Day of Light, Centennial ever-green programs Light The Future (including script writing, on-site speaker management, post-presentation blog writing)
  5. Promote society objectives/initiatives including meetings and exhibitions, publications, member activities, field of optics opportunities and government relations.
  6. Draft and disseminate news releases and media materials, promoting OSA initiatives, publications, conferences and programs. 
  7. Build and maintain ongoing communications with key reporters and industry analysts.
  8. Support corporate community in PR activities.
  9. Proactively develop media opportunities for OSA executives and volunteer leadership and the promotion of the field of optics.
  10. Manage PR consultants and agencies as needed (AIP, Creative Science Writers, Aaron Cohen, Wilkinson & Associates consulting, C&G Partners).
  11. As appropriate, develop and provide PR support for crisis communications efforts.
  12. Provide training, support to internal departments’ social media outreach activities.
  13.  Provide training on media relations and social media to OSA student chapter leaders and OSA Ambassadors as needed.
  14. Develop strategic direction to OSA’s overall digital media communications efforts.
  15. Ensure high-quality PR visibility, access, and content management or oversight in digital media channels such  the newsroom, OSA blogs and digital strategy
  16. Support Executive Office in speechwriting and external presentation development and messaging.
  17. Work to ensure OSA branding and messaging is reflected in OSA external communications.
  18.  Support Government Relations external communications and develop content strategy for OSA advocacy issues
  19.  Develop and implement PR and media programs for OSA journal research. Work with authors and editors to secure positive media coverage of peer-reviewed journal content.





  1. 7-10 years of professional experience in media relations, public relations and/or communications.
  2. College degree, preferably in communications, public relations or journalism.
  3. Experience working directly with the media.
  4. Familiarity with science research and scientific publishing is preferred
  5. Experience in social media strategic planning and implementation.
  6. International experience or foreign language skills are a plus.
  7. Exemplary oral and written communications skills
  8. Excellent interpersonal skills
  9. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  10. Strong time management skills
  11. Excellent financial skills from developing and managing budgets to analyzing return on investment, explaining variances, writing budget narratives, and making projections
  12. Familiarity with PR and social media management systems, such as Meltwater and Hootsuite.
  13. MS Office proficient
  14. Travel: International and domestic travel for conferences is required.



OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to

Membership Marketing & Program Specialist


The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Membership Marketing & Program Specialist. The Membership Marketing & Program  Specialist will assist with the development, coordination, and support of operations associated with OSA programming, member support and developing/implementing tailored strategies that deliver value and effectively recruit new members to the organization. This is a full-time position with overall responsibility for development and enhancement of member relations and engagement. The Specialist will have a comprehensive understanding of the OSA’s programs and benefits (both domestic and international), as well as issues facing our members, and will be charged with communicating our Value Proposition in order to increase member engagement and grow the membership overall.


This position’s duties include planning national and regional meeting activities, recruitment and retention of local sections, and the introduction of new member programs and benefits to OSA. The work involves complex problem-solving, complex assignments, in-depth analysis, and conceptual thinking. The individual must demonstrate initiative and reliability, provide superior team and project management skills, and explore and execute new ideas that will benefit the team’s effectiveness while juggling competing priorities.


Membership Programming:

  1. Works with the Director to develop, create and implement six (6) signature member programs annually at national and regional meetings, organizes additional workshops and events, and coordinates volunteers. The overall member program portfolio will have approx. 12 to14 signature programs between the director and this position.
  2. Responsible for launching four webinars per year tailored to assigned program area.
  3. Assists the Director in the creation and implementation of new programs for individual industry and engineer members.
  4. Responsible for developing and implementing a sponsorship and grants program for revenue growth to support existing and new programming. 
  5. Identifies potential new member benefits and works with the Membership team on implementation
  6. Work closely with local section leadership to support local-level membership and engagement plans; Assist local section development and growth worldwide
  7. Work with the Director to help develop education topics in response to member needs for programs including networking and mentoring programs


Marketing & Acquisitions

  1. Developing comprehensive marketing plans, schedules, and strategies on an annual basis for assigned member programs to drive usage so as to retain existing or acquire new members.  
  2. Analyzing the competitor landscape as it relates to member programs, to ensure that OSA is aware of and acting on events, trends, etc., that affect OSA Membership and its work.
  3. Identify trends, gaps and needs of OSA Members to develop distinct, segmented strategies which serve the needs of a diverse member base
  4. Collaborates with stakeholders to develop a strategy to improve the student to emeritus member continuum.
  5. Assesses and evaluates all member programs and activities
  6. Partners with membership team to develop, implement, analyze and adapt tailored recruitment approaches that drive membership growth and market expansion (both geographical and membership segment opportunities)
  7. Work with other staff to gather, analyze, and act upon data from various sources to drive decision making for targeted recruitment campaigns



  • Four-year college degree or equivalent experience required; study should be in a science-based discipline (Physics preferred)
  • At least five years relevant service in a membership or scientific society—must have experience in program development and project management and working with volunteers/committees



  • Excellent written and verbal communication and proofreading skills
  • Strong project management and problem solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail; ability to work independently and multi-task to meet multiple deadlines; and ability to organize and maintain a sophisticated tracking system
  • Skill in building and establishing relationships with member volunteers, partner societies and external vendors, and ability to facilitate project activities with each audience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications—with minimum intermediate capabilities in Excel, and database applications (NetForum and Foundant experience preferred)
  • Ability to travel approximately 10 percent annually—domestic and international


OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to