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Public Affairs Director- Washington, DC

Organization: Ecological Society of America

Position Title: Public Affairs Director

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: September 16, 2013.


Organization Overview

The Society was founded for the purpose of unifying the science of ecology, stimulating research in all aspects of the discipline, encouraging communication among ecologists, and promoting the responsible application of ecological data and principles to the solution of environmental problems. The Society has grown from the first interested few to over 10,000 members worldwide.


The world’s largest professional organization of ecological scientists seeks a director of public affairs to manage the policy engagement and media outreach initiatives of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). These include building professional relationships in the scientific and environmental communities and with Congress and the White House, addressing federal policy issues affecting STEM research and education and the environment, sharing ecological research published in ESA’s journals and presented at its annual meetings through press releases, social media and outreach events, and fostering ESA member engagement in policy and media arenas. The director of public affairs manages two full time staff and is part of the Society’s senior management team.


The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ experience working on science or environmental policy issues and/or communication, coupled with a strong background or interest in ecology.  In addition, comfort with ambiguous situations is extremely helpful as is the ability to work with a wide variety of people on a diversity of issues. Also desirable: an educational background in science, strong communication skills, ability to translate complex science, familiarity with social media, ability to juggle multiple projects, and strong interpersonal and supervisory skills.

How to Apply

 To apply, send a cover letter and resume to by September 16, 2013


1990 M Street, NW | Suite 700 | Washington, DC 20036 | phone 202-833-8773


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