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The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit scientific association with individual and organizational members, seeks a Public Affairs Associate to join its energetic Public Policy Office. The successful applicant will work to develop and help advance science policy and media relations initiatives. Responsibilities will include working on legislative and regulatory policy issues, writing policy analyses for online and print publications, developing materials for policy and news briefings, helping to develop and implement the Public Policy Office's policy advocacy/communications strategies, making public presentations, and representing AIBS in a variety of settings. Travel and occasional work on evenings, weekends, or holidays is required.

Duties Include:

  • 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;

  • Monitor and report on policy developments in Washington, DC;

  • Draft public policy statements, background papers, press releases, white papers, reports to the membership, and other materials;

  • Cultivate and maintain working relationships with members of the scientific, policy, and media/communications fields;

  • Work collaboratively with AIBS staff, members, and others on public policy and media relations issues identified by the Director of Public Policy;

  • Provide planning and logistical assistance for science policy/media briefings and advocacy events; and

  • Conduct outreach initiatives for 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. Reliability, attention to detail, and ability to work under strict time constraints;
  5. Ability to self-direct, think creatively, and anticipate work needs as part of a team of professionals;
  6. Ability to synthesize and accurately communicate complex concepts to varied audiences;
  7. Possession of common sense and good judgment with strong interpersonal skills and a sense of humor;
  8. A Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, science policy, science communication, or journalism (or a closely related field). A graduate degree and prior work experience in public policy/affairs are highly desirable.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position in downtown 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, resume, salary history and requirements, names and contact information of three professional references, and a writing sample (approx. 750 words) to or via fax to 202-628-1509. Application review will begin immediately and continue until this position is filled.


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