Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs

26 Mar, 2019


Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs

Biophysical Society
Rockville, MD


The Biophysical Society (BPS) is seeking a Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs to oversee the Society’s advocacy, coalition, Congressional fellowship, legislative reporting, press and external affairs programming in support of the BPS mission and strategic goals. Further, this hire will have the opportunity to influence and build international science policy engagement and monitoring on behalf of the Society’s global membership.

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the successful candidate will:

  • Annually, develop and lead public affairs panels, sessions, or workshops on compelling topics at the Society’s Annual Meeting;
  • Contribute articles and posts to the Society’s website blog, BPS in the Beltway newsletter, and monthly Society newsletter;
  • Develop and execute Congressional Briefings, Biophysics Week-related advocacy days, and other events that positively impact the public discussion and knowledge of biophysics and science;
  • Develop and implement outreach advocacy programs that help build understanding of and support for the field of biophysics and the importance of biophysics research. Currently, the Society maintains Action Alert, Congressional District Visit and Opinion Piece programs;
  • Lead the Society’s coalition efforts in Washington and manage external affairs with other scientific societies and like-minded partners;
  • Manage a 15-person Public Affairs Committee made up of career scientists and develop reports, position statements, programs, and documents for internal and external audiences;
  • Monitor and report on annual biomedical research-related appropriations and legislation affecting BPS and the field of biophysics;
  • Oversee the development, management, and implementation of other programming as needed.

Requisite skills for this role include excellent writing and oral communication skills, passion and energy for the job and its goals, strong work ethic and collaborative focus, ability to manage multiple overlapping deadlines and reprioritize and shift gears quickly while remaining diplomatic and responsive.  The successful candidate must have experience with the Congressional appropriations/budget process, executing advocacy and/or policy-related events, managing a committee of volunteers. The ideal candidate will have experience in health and/or science policy and developing, drafting, and editing executive-level communications. Further, a successful candidate must be an organized, detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to anticipate, manage, and staff a project, as well as guide and constructively oversee staff.

Experience with a scientific organization or association and the federal legislative process is strongly preferred. Experience with advocacy software (NGPVAN, Fiscal Note, VoterVoice) preferred.  Minimum bachelor’s degree in related field required; 3-5 years of diverse communications experience on Capitol Hill or within a member and/or advocacy organization(s); ability to inspire confidence within the organization and with external constituencies. The Director of Advocacy and Public Affairs is also responsible for oversight of and collaboration with external consultants that support this function, and other duties as assigned.  Excellent benefits. Located in N. Bethesda within walking distance of the White Flint Metro. E-mail cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to


– No relocation reimbursement will be offered

– In-Person Interview is must

Job posted: 2019-03-26