Date: July 2006
Position Open: AIBS Public Policy/Affairs Representative,
Location: AIBS Headquarters Office in downtown Washington, DC
Reporting to: AIBS Director of Public Policy


The American Institute of Biological Sciences, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit scientific association with a membership of some 5,000 biologists and 200 professional societies and scientific organizations, seeks a Public Policy/Affairs Representative to join its full-time Public Policy Office staff. The representative will work to advance the AIBS mission in support of biological research and education, focusing on organismal and integrative biology. Activities include working on U.S. legislative, regulatory, and other public policy issues; developing and maintaining communications and media relations programs; preparing press releases, background materials, white papers, and briefings; writing policy analyses for AIBS online and print publications; making public presentations and representing AIBS in a variety of public settings. Travel and occasional work on evenings, weekends, or holidays will be required.

Duties Include:

  1. Represent AIBS and its members in the public policy arena to promote the use of scientific information in decisions pertaining to scientific research, education, and applications;

  2. Monitor and report on policy developments in Washington, DC, including legislative and federal agency activities. Draft public policy statements, background papers, press releases, white papers, reports to the membership, and Congressional testimony;

  3. Cultivate and maintain working relationships with members of the science policy, media, and scientific communities;

  4. Work with AIBS, AIBS members, and others on public policy/affairs items for collaborative action;

  5. Conduct/facilitate outreach initiatives to members, including workshops and other training sessions.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Excellent and demonstrable written and oral communication skills;

  2. Excellent and demonstrable science policy analysis skills;

  3. Understanding and appreciation of the scientific community, the nature of science, and the goals and objectives of a professional, membership organization such as AIBS;

  4. Reliable, detail-oriented, and able to work under strict time constraints and deadlines;

  5. Ability to self-direct, think creatively, and anticipate work needs as part of a team of AIBS public policy professionals;

  6. Ability to synthesize and accurately communicate complex concepts to varied audiences;

  7. A Master's degree in the biological sciences, science policy, or a closely related field.

  8. Prior work experience in public policy/affairs is highly desirable, particularly work on Capitol Hill.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time position in Washington, DC. Salary is commensurate with experience. AIBS offers a competitive benefits package that includes a retirement plan, health and disability insurance, paid annual and sick leave, and paid holidays.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, salary history, resume, names and contact information for three professional references, and a short writing sample (approx. 750 words) demonstrating your understanding of a science policy issue, to or via fax to 202-628-1509.

Application Deadline:

Application review will begin July 19 and continue until the position is filled.


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