The American Astronomical Society, the largest professional membership organization for astronomy and related sciences worldwide, seeks a Director of Public Policy based at its Washington, DC headquarters. A search committee will assess received applications and provide a rank-ordered list of candidates to the Executive Officer, who will make the final selection from the pool of candidates. Interviews will be held in May and the successful candidate will take up their duties in September, with a final selection being made no later than mid-June.
The Director of Public Policy must have a Ph.D. in astronomy, astrophysics or a related discipline and have a minimum of two or more years of experience working in public policy. This requirement does not exclude the hiring of someone with substantially more experience in public policy. Additionally, successful candidates must be able to orally communicate effectively to large and small groups as well as in one-on-one situations. Substantial written communication skills are required, as the position involves significant amounts of writing, both formally and informally. Candidates must be highly efficient in time management and able to plan, organize and execute activities both alone and in a team setting. This position reports to the Executive Officer and it is assumed that the successful candidate will be able to execute their responsibilities with minimal supervision and oversight consistent with the policy directives of the AAS Council.
The Director of Public Policy will help define and implement the public policy priorities for the Society by interacting with policy makers and stakeholders, selecting and overseeing the work of the John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, managing the day-to-day public policy activities of the Society, serving as the primary point of contact for policy issues, successfully training and utilizing volunteers in direct advocacy, and developing new programs and activities in cooperation with the Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy, the Executive Officer and the AAS Council. Additionally, this individual will provide advice, guidance and support to the various Divisions of the Society, including advising Division leadership on possible policy actions at the Division level and helping the Divisions implement effective advocacy activities consistent with Society policy.
To apply, please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and applicability of your experience to a position of this type along with a CV and the names of and contact information for three professional references. Candidates should also submit a four or five page analysis of the current federal science policy situation as it relates to astronomy and related sciences, with suggested actions in key areas to advance the policy goals of the Society (as outlined in the policy resolutions of the Society).
Salary will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions for similarly-sized membership organizations. The Society has a substantial benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage, flexible work schedule, a substantial employer contribution to retirement, tuition reimbursement, and a significant leave package. Some research time and support will be available for candidates seeking to continue a modest level of research activity. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V