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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.

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Current Employment Opportunities





Deputy Senior Director, OSA Brand Marketing


The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Deputy Senior Director to oversee OSA’s brand marketing. The successful individual oversees and maintains OSA’s promotional branding, and will collaborate with stakeholders with new media, video content, and creative programs, as needed.  They will provide customer research and analyses, brand strategy support, web content, and consumer messaging to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of these activities in support of OSA’s global and program strategies. This individual excels in new media, message development and branding to build attention-getting, brand-reinforcing creative, relevant messaging and state-of-the-art marketing content. This individual leads internal and interdepartmental coordination of branding efforts.



  1. In collaboration with all OSA marketing teams, manages OSA’s global brand strategy and high level brand messaging to be employed across OSA’s programs.
  2. Monitors marketplace trends as it relates to branding, evaluates new tools and processes related to branding, manages vendors/partnerships within communications unit, and identifies opportunities/enhancements to branding strategy.
  3. Oversees the development and management of brand marketing budget.
  4. Oversees the OSA marketing booth at OSA meetings and other defined tradeshows / meetings where OSA’s presence will be for Society-wide branding representation. The individual will collaborate with all OSA marketing departments.
  5. Leads brand development including: guidelines, positioning, voice/tone, and brand visuals.
  6. As a convener, leads branding and content messaging on website and other digital platforms in collaboration with IT department and other key stakeholders.
  7. Collaborates in the development of relevant content to ensure accuracy, alignment to overall brand strategy and consumer experience.
  8.  As a convener, partners with internal stakeholders, on content strategy for and  on branding opportunities to deliver best-in-class web sites.
  9. Supports the compliance of OSA-wide branding standards across all communications and marketing channels and platforms through collaboration with all OSA departments.


  1. Ensures the effective management of the departmental marketing budget to maximize financial resources towards the achievement of organizational branding and promotional objectives.
  2. Develops measurement systems to monitor implementation of branding guidelines across all program areas.
  3. Collaborates with staff to leverage high quality and state-of-the art branding strategies that could be incorporated into  marketing, design and communications practices for video, email, web sites, social media, print, mobile apps, and other efforts as applicable.
  4. Collaborates with program teams to best position OSA and its products in new markets, in collaboration with staff, as well as ensuring effective marketing plans for brand awareness.
  5. Institutes project management branding practices and procedures across the society.
  6. Directs document management efforts for all OSA marketing and communications project – historical and current in collaboration with all OSA departments.
  7. Oversees the effective management of vendor relationships involved in providing branding consulting services, and design for the communications office.




  1. BA Required MBA preferred  
  2. Prior experience in an advertising, marketing, branding or design agency preferred.
  3. Extensive experience with the branding of scientific non-profits or similar type organizations required.  Understanding of science research and scientific publishing preferred.
  4. Experience with video development and production and new media.
  5. 7 to 10 years’ expertise overseeing all aspects of branding and marketing with a strong understanding of creative services and measurement.
  6. Experience managing external vendors.
  7. Experience with measurement and evaluation tools.


  1. Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.
  2. Seasoned in developing and maintaining budgets.
  3. Excellent written, oral, interpersonal communications skills.
  4. Excellent analytical ability.
  5. Ability to demonstrate strategic competency.
  6. High detail orientation and highly organized.
  7. Ability to foster collaboration across departments.


  1. Approaches work with passion, enthusiasm and high energy.
  2. Strategic thinker, flexible problem solver and great listener.
  3. Able to effectively communicate and inspire others to initiate and deliver in a timely and pro-active manner.


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


Director, Business & Content Intelligence


The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Director of Business & Content Intelligence in our Publishing Department to lead and coordinate the publishing team’s efforts to obtain, analyze, and report on content and data and to then provide actionable recommendations that help us to better understand our business and drive business development and/or portfolio growth. The Director draws on his/her experience within the scholarly publishing industry and on appropriate technologies to interrogate the content and provide credible analysis on aspects such as topical gap analysis, author–citation networks, and content usage and/or abuse to help OSA Publishing better understand its market share, author behavior, topical and/or funding penetration, content download patterns (including download abuse), and other factors. The Director uses both internal and external data sources (such as MarkLogic, OSA’s peer review system, and the Web of Science) along with techniques such as semantic enrichment and data visualization to provide insights.  The Director maintains a thorough knowledge of the publishing department policies, strategy, and data practices to represent OSA Publishing information accurately and contextually to external parties or to other OSA departments.


Primary responsibilities


  • Fulfill ongoing and ad hoc requests from senior OSA Publishing team members for reports on topic area penetration, funding, downloads, and other key content and/or data points.


  • Query and aggregate content and data from internal publishing databases and external sources (such as the Web of Science) and provide analysis in the form of written narratives, spreadsheets and data visualizations.


  • Coordinate efforts among Pubs, IT, and external vendors to develop and maintain critical reporting mechanisms, such as COUNTER and Web of Science reports.


  • Participate in ongoing initiatives for using semantic enrichment and other AI approaches (such as natural language processing) to improve reporting and to provide new avenues for audience identification and targeting as well as product development.


  • Play a lead role in instituting effective measures to identify and combat content download abuse. Coordinate with senior Publishing and IT staff to develop increasingly automated ways to identify, report on, and segregate suspected abusive activity.


  • Assist other OSA departments on an ad hoc basis with business-intelligent needs that require journal and conference paper data.




  • Master’s Degree or Bachelor's degree and equivalent experience in relevant areas, such as Information Science and physics and/or engineering.
  • Minimum 7 years work experience with an STM publisher or information services provider, preferably in the scholarly publishing space and with a non-profit publisher.




  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with relational and nontraditional (e.g., “NoSQL”) databases to query, retrieve, and aggregate data from disparate sources.
  • Analytical and strategic approach to problem solving.
  • Working knowledge of Python, R, or other programming language suitable for data-analysis tasks; familiarity with semantic approaches to enriching and classifying content.
  • Experience with COUNTER, Crossref, Web of Knowledge, or other core resources used by researchers, libraries, and content providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide insightful written analysis and appropriate data visualizations for different audiences.



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



Technical Community Manager


The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Technical Community Manager charged with working directly with scientific professional society members and internal staff to manage member volunteer technical groups. These groups are organized according to scientific interest.  The key role will be managing engagement and interactivity as well as fostering community spirit among group members.  Manager will ensure communication and program development objectives are achieved, tasks are efficiently executed, and member engagement is high. The ability to organize and promote communication through social media, events and activities is vital. Plan and implement special events for group members at society and/or non-society meetings.  Serve as the liaison to the volunteer leadership and society board level committees.  Interact regularly with executives, directors and managers, and frequent contact with members and meeting organizers. Working knowledge of IT, social media, and social networking across the internet are key to this position.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (not in priority order):


  • Manage a volunteer leadership structure and build an active leader network
  • Works with Technical Group leadership on developing and implementing strategies focused on outreach and engagement of technical group members utilizing both in person and online community building events and tools.
  • Implement the strategy, coordinating with stakeholders across OSA to ensure its effectiveness and providing superior quality of customer service and support to our tech group communities utilizing various communication tools.
  • Develop and implement programs for community, including orientation meetings, updating governance documents, and maintaining a consolidated list of activities to generate ideas for future programs.
  • Serve as staff member responsible for the outreach, promotion and communication to OSA members of respective Technical Group activities.
  • Work with the OSA’s IT and Marketing/Communications department to ensure the online community platform (forums, blogs, moderation tools) are kept up to date and functional, as well as influence the selection and use of various communication tools by collating user feedback
  • Generate compelling editorial content from members and manage a schedule of regular communications  to engage with, and lead members to contributing their own high quality submissions across the entire suite of tools available
  • Moderate all member generated content  according to the OSA  policy, liaising with legal where required
  • Utilize social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, and other similar social media outposts
  • Act as an advocate of OSA  and as the advocate of the technical  groups engaging in dialogues and answering questions where appropriate
  • Monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the growth of the technical groups, and analyze, review, and report on effectiveness of new initiatives
  • Regularly report insights gained from community monitoring to the Marketing, Membership, Meetings and Publications departments, to help them evolve their strategies in a timely fashion
  • Develop annual report to Board of Meetings on community activities, key metrics and future goals and objectives.
  • Monitor trends in online community tools and applications




  • Four-year college degree required; BS in Marketing preferred.
  • Two years of program management experience required; association membership experience preferred.
  • Three years of customer service-oriented experience required; association membership experience preferred.
  • Previous training in marketing, project management and business writing preferred.
  • Previous job experience utilizing multiple social media channels.





  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with effectively with both scientific minded volunteers and members
  • Ability to organize and promote communication through social media, events and activities
  • Superior analytical abilities
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines, coordinate details, and work independently required
  • Excellent ability to establish and build relationships
  • Ability to travel (about 1-2 trips per year)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and database applications
  • Proficiency in multiple social media channels



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