The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for a Program Specialist. The 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. While working under the supervision of the Director of Membership Program Development, this position’s duties include planning international and regional meeting activities, recruitment and retention of local sections, and the introduction of new member programs and benefits to OSA.
Works with the Director to develop, create and implement six (6) signature member programs annually at international and regional meetings, organizes additional workshops and events, and coordinates volunteers. The overall member program portfolio will have approximately 12 to14 programs between the Director and this position.
Responsible for managing 6-8 webinars annually tailored to assigned program area.
Assists the Director in the creation, implementation and assessment of new programs for individual industry and engineer members.
Responsible for developing and implementing a sponsorship and grants program for revenue growth to support existing and new programming.
Increase and develop member benefit programs and relationships; manage the marketing of these programs and relationships of these programs.
Managing a social media calendar that supports membership initiatives and various events and publishing posts to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Works closely with local section leadership to support local-level membership and engagement plans; Assists local section development and growth worldwide.
Under the leadership of the Director, supports the creation and design of online education modules by working with expert contributors and education vendors
Collaborates with stakeholders to develop a strategy to improve the student to emeritus member experience continuum.
Education and Experience
Four-year college degree required; study should be in a science-based discipline (Physics preferred)
At least 3 years relevant service in a membership or scientific society—must have experience in program development and project management and working with volunteers/committees
Skills and Abilities
Excellent written and verbal communication and proofreading skills
Strong project management and problem solving skills
Design and marketing skills and software applications such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, etc.
Strong organizational skills with keen attention to detail; ability to work independently; and ability to organize and maintain a sophisticated tracking system
Ability to manage multiple deadlines and competing priorities; adapt to changing direction of projects and strategies.
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 email@example.com.
About The Optical Society
The Optical Society’s (OSA) mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.
Since 1916, OSA has been the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics, uniting and educating scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders worldwide to foster and promote technical and professional development. Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.
OSA was founded more than 90 years ago as The Optical Society of America and has evolved into a global enterprise serving a worldwide constituency. In recognition of its global reach and focus, since 2008 the Society has been known as OSA - The Optical Society.