Academia, Research Laboratory, Government/Non-Profit
The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Chief Science & Technical Officer. The Chief Science & Technical Officer contributes to the scientific & technical health of the organization by providing in-depth advice, guidance and execution of ideas for OSA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and other OSA departments to ensure programs reflect and incorporate the latest advances in the optics and photonics community. The Chief Science & Technical Officer works collaboratively with and provides specific guidance to internal and external stakeholders engaged with scientific and technological content at meetings, external communications, and technical and market presentations. The Chief Science & Technical Officer supports global partnerships by identifying markets, building relationships, and negotiating strategic agreements. The Chief Science & Technical Officer and staff provide a centralized operation for all OSA stakeholders to have access to funding agencies nationally and internationally that support optics and photonics with the goal of increasing support for OSA programs. The Chief Science & Technical Officer also has responsibilities in OSA’s new business development and initiatives involving forefront areas in optics and photonics, including, but not limited to, meetings and programmatic activities with the aim of enhancing revenue for OSA and increasing its technical profile.
Technical Advice and Execution
Serves as lead technical advisor by identifying & tracking technical areas, speakers and funding opportunities for workshops, meetings, forums, and publications. Conduct primary and secondary research to support OSA’s interaction with its stakeholders. Provide education, guidance, and strategic recommendations to OSA CEO, staff, committees, and councils on domestic and international initiatives that promote, enhance, and strengthen awareness of optics and photonics as an enabling technology and its impact on the global economy. Collaborate with OSA Technical Members Divisions to deliver technical content for OSA managed and co-managed meetings, industry-focused programming, and member benefits and services. Like all chief level staff, represents OSA at OSA scientific conferences, technical advisory steering committees, and other scientific meetings.
Manage staff resources efficiently and effectively by planning and overseeing impact and pro-actively demonstrating the import use of these resources.
Support of Global Partnerships
Supports global partnerships by providing in-depth background and research on current and potential partners and markets with demand for OSA products and services. Participates in long- and short-term strategic and tactical planning to research, create, launch, and evaluate new programs or partnerships. Builds and maintains relationships and communications with external organizations such as companies, scientific societies, universities, and other potential partners through face-to-face meetings, presentations, and reports. Assesses collaboration opportunities by gathering and synthesizing market intelligence and trends of interest to the optics and photonics community.
Establishes and develops key relationships with US and non-US funding agencies that support optics and photonics with the goal of expanding funding of OSA programs. Works with OSA’s staff running global programming, which includes meetings, advocacy and other efforts on domestic and international government policies affecting OSA’s constituents and the broader scientific community. Acts as lead, centralized scientific interface for introductions and Principal Investigator status for all agency grants. Expands OSA’s options in obtaining private foundation grants. Leads outreach efforts to improve visibility with global funding offices.
New Business Development
Several OSA divisions focus on new business development. This position focuses on creating technically oriented programs (meetings or other activities) that return net revenues to OSA. Researches fields that are ripe for development, brings new technical topics to the attention of OSA staff, and provides comprehensive business plans for evaluation by CEO and Executive Team. Leads New Business Development, Science Programming Director with “incubators”, through initial meetings and ensuring continuous grant funding.
Provides guidance on technology displays for expositions at various photonics related meetings.
Provides guidance on best practices for scientific meetings.
Works with meeting committees to identify or invite high-level speakers. Provides assessment and analysis on the technical group scope.
Continuously improve technical knowledge by attending professional development and technical enhancement activities.
Provides input for all Strategic Planning Council (SPC) activities in order to maintain scientific integrity of OSA while advancing technological thrusts to ensure that OSA technical programming includes new and emerging optics and photonics content.
Provides scientific overview and presentations on specific technologies for OSA Executive Team when requested.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Technical degree in the field of applied physics and/or engineering required.
15 years senior level management experience, including budgeting, planning, and executing programs.
Knowledge of technical, educational, society, commercial, and governmental/bureaucratic issues within the broader optics community.
Demonstrated experience working effectively in academic, corporate, and other environments.
Experience in analyzing and strengthening programs and relationships.
Experience in global corporate and advocacy interactions.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Excellent planning and project management skills, with a keen attention to prioritization, execution, deadlines, and efficiency.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work without direct authority. Ability to work with diverse staff to support OSA programs, volunteers to encourage and support their participation in OSA activities, and with various constituencies to build strong global partnerships.
Strong communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to develop engaging presentations that present complex scientific and technical issues and tailor presentations to the knowledge base of the audiences.
Understanding of optical science and engineering research and development.
Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing situation and fast-paced environment.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.