Job opening: ESA Director of Public Affairs

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.

The Director of Public Affairs works out of the Society’s Washington, DC Headquarters Office. Salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience. ESA is an EOE and offers excellent employee benefits. To apply, send a cover letter which includes current salary, and resume to resumes@esa.org by February 10, 2014.