Chief Science & Technical Officer
As the Chief Science & Technical Officer at The Optical Society (OSA), you will contribute to the scientific and 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. In this role, you will work collaboratively with and provide specific guidance to internal and external stakeholders engaged with scientific and technological content at meetings, in external communications, and in technical and market presentations.
You will support global partnerships by identifying markets, building relationships, and negotiating strategic agreements. You and your staff will 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. You will also be responsible for 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. Like the industry we support, you will not simply maintain our current direction; you will conceptualize, strategize, identify, and implement new opportunities and strategic initiatives, developing winning partnerships and leveraging existing successful programs that support our mission.
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. OSA’s mission is to promote the generation, application, and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. Through publications, events, and services, OSA’s staff of 150 is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.
Responsibilities of the Chief Science and Technical Officer
Technical Advice and Execution
- Serve as lead technical advisor by identifying and 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, represent 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 important use of these resources.
Support of Global Partnerships
- Support global partnerships by providing in-depth background and research on current and potential partners and markets with demand for OSA products and services.
- Participate in long and short-term strategic and tactical planning to research, create, launch, and evaluate new programs or partnerships.
- Build and maintain relationships and communications with external organizations such as companies, scientific societies, universities, and other potential partners through face-to-face meetings, presentations, and reports.
- Assess collaboration opportunities by gathering and synthesizing market intelligence and trends of interest to the optics and photonics community.
- Establish and develop key relationships with U.S. and non-U.S. funding agencies that support optics and photonics with the goal of expanding funding of OSA programs.
- Work 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.
- Act as lead, centralized scientific interface for introductions and principal investigator status for all agency grants.
- Expand OSA’s options in obtaining private foundation grants.
- Lead 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.
- Research fields that are ripe for development, bringing new technical topics to the attention of OSA staff and providing comprehensive business plans for evaluation by the CEO and executive team.
- Oversee and support new business development for technical niche fields.
Other Responsibilities of the Chief Science and Technical Officer
- Provide guidance on technology displays for expositions at various photonics related meetings.
- Provide guidance on best practices for scientific meetings.
- Work with meetings committees to identify or invite high-level speakers. Provide assessment and analysis on the technical group scope.
- Continuously improve technical knowledge by attending professional development and technical enhancement activities.
- Provide input for all Strategic Planning Council (SPC) activities in order to maintain the scientific integrity of OSA while advancing technological thrusts to ensure that OSA technical programming includes new and emerging optics and photonics content.
- Provide scientific overview and presentations on specific technologies for the OSA executive team when requested.
Qualifications of the Chief Science and Technical Officer
- Technical degree in the field of applied physics and/or engineering required.
- 15 years of senior-level management experience, including budgeting, planning, and executing programs.
- Knowledge of technical, educational, societal, commercial, and governmental/ bureaucratic issues within the broader optics community.
- Demonstrated experience working effectively in academic, corporate, and other relevant environments.
- Experience in analyzing and strengthening programs and relationships.
- Experience in global corporate and advocacy interactions.
- Ability to develop engaging presentations that present complex scientific and technical issues and tailor presentations to the knowledge base of 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.
Attributes of the Chief Science and Technical Officer
- Champion for the mission. You understand the big picture, know what is important to stakeholders, and what best serves the mission.
- Effective communicator. You are a superb writer, thinker, and listener. You are able to deliver complex information to a variety of audiences in a credible and presentable way.
- Organizationally agile. You seek out and respect other viewpoints and you share your insights as well. You effectively work across stakeholder groups and organizations to build long-standing relationships.
- Supreme relationship builder. You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work without direct authority. You can work with a diverse staff to support programs, volunteers to encourage and support their participation in organization activities, and various constituencies to build strong global partnerships.
- Skilled project manager. Whether it’s something that requires a quick turnaround or a long-term commitment, you take full responsibility from start to finish. When you say you’ll get back to someone, you do. You bring order to competing priorities and keep things running smoothly.
What’s Attractive to the Right Chief Science and Technical Officer Candidate?
- It is an exciting time to join OSA. We are operating in a rich and growing field, and OSA is financially strong and poised for continuous growth. We have the resources you need to be successful and are invested in your training and professional development.
- You will work with a CEO who is data-driven and financially savvy, and work with a knowledgeable and supportive staff.
- OSA is globally known for our high-quality programs and we are continuously innovating to make our offerings even greater.
- We offer competitive compensation and benefits, including a 10 percent bonus potential; 8 federal holidays, a 5-day winter break, and 20 days of paid time off; medical, dental, and vision insurance; life and disability coverage; and 403(b) contribution up to 10 percent.
To Apply for the Chief Science and Technical Officer position:
Use the "Apply" button on this page, or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “OSA – Chief Scientist #2019-2496 SA” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
Alternative Titles: Chief Scientist, Fellow, Principal, Science and Technology Officer.
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