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Science Communications Manager

Company: American Physical Society
Location: College Park
Posted on: February 6, 2024

Job Description:

American Physical SocietyID: 1361Location: RemoteDepartment: Experience & Engagement

Science Communications Manager

Who we are:

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Summary:

The American Physical Society (APS) seeks an accomplished Science Communications Manager to join its strategic communications team. The Science Communications Manager will contribute to APS's mission of advancing and disseminating knowledge of physics by generating publicity for scientific research that is published in and presented at . The ideal candidate would be a self-starter with exceptional writing, project management, and interpersonal skills. If you are passionate about science communication and possess the skills to drive APS's mission forward, please apply.

APS has a "remote first" concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. This position could require in-office work and travel to attend various events and meetings as instructed by a supervisor. APS values diversity and welcomes candidates from a variety of backgrounds. APS offers a dynamic work environment with an outstanding total compensation package that includes a competitive salary, exceptional benefits, and excellent paid time off.


  • Communications planning: In collaboration with the Head of Strategic Communications and key players across the organization and at partner organizations, develop and execute publicity plans to increase visibility for scientific research published in APS's journals or presented at APS's meetings and protect and enhance the reputation of APS.
  • Media relations: Foster strong relationships with media outlets and journalists to secure positive and accurate coverage of APS. Respond to incoming media inquiries and manage APS's press lists.
  • PIO relations: Build relationships with public relations counterparts at the home institutions of APS's authors, referees, and presenters to extend the reach of promotional efforts.
  • Content creation: Produce high-quality communications collateral, including press materials, talking points, social media content, and the like to effectively communicate APS's activities around scientific research and the Physical Review journals.
  • Event promotion: Coordinate logistics for press programs at APS's meetings and for APS's journals.
  • Measurement and analysis: Identify, monitor, evaluate, and report on key performance indicators to guide future science communications strategies.
  • Staff management: Supervise APS's science writer and maintain APS's freelance science writer database.


    • Bachelor's degree in science communications, public relations, communications, journalism, or a related field.

      Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

      • Minimum of four years of related experience as a press officer at a science organization, preferably at a scientific publisher.
      • Impeccable science writing, editing, and presentation skills.
      • Established relationships with science journalists at top tier news outlets.
      • Thorough knowledge of scientific research and academic publishing processes.
      • Strategic thinker with exceptional project management and organizational skills.
      • Strong interpersonal skills and relationship-building abilities.
      • Proficient with communications tools like Muck Rack and Sprout Social.
      • Experience managing social media accounts for a brand.
      • Fluent in AP style.
      • Background in physics is a plus.

        Travel: This position requires travel (up to 25%) to attend staff, leadership, scientific, and professional meetings and events as part of its core responsibilities.


        The salary range for this role considers the factors that are considered in making compensation decisions, including but not limited to skill sets, experience and training, and other business and organizational needs. APS's Compensation Philosophy is to manage salaries at the midpoint of the market. Therefore, it is the practice to hire within the entry - midpoint range.

        Full Range: $93,850k/year - $140,774k/year (USD)

        Target Range: $93,850k/year - $104,407k/year (USD)

        Work Environment:

        Our physical offices are located in College Park, MD, Washington D.C and Hauppauge, N.Y. We are operational in most US states. We are not operational in all 50 states. The APS has a "remote first" concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access within the United States, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. APS allows flexible work hours; responsiveness is required, however, during the core 9 am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time workday.

        Our Core Values:

        • The Scientific Method
        • Truth and Integrity
        • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
        • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
        • Speaking Out
        • Education and Learning

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          Amazing 2024 Benefit Offerings:

          • Flexible schedules and ability to work remotely
          • 8% employer-paid retirement contribution
          • Investment advisement services: 100% employer paid
          • Medical benefits: PPO or HDHP option
          • Employer contribution to FSA or HSA account, eligibility based on medical plan enrollment
          • Lifestyle Spending benefit up to $2000.00 (USD) - 100% employer paid
          • Dental benefits: individual coverage 100% employer paid
          • Vision benefits: individual and dependent coverage 100% employer paid
          • Basic Life & Accident insurance: employee coverage 100% employer paid
          • Supplemental Life & Accident insurance, including spouse & dependent child(ren) coverage
          • Disability insurance: employee coverage 100% employer paid
          • Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness insurance
          • Healthcare, Commuter & Dependent care flexible spending accounts
          • Vacation: 15 days annually
          • Generous holiday leave: 17 paid days of significance; includes one week closure at the end of December
          • Personal leave: 4 days annually
          • Volunteer leave: 1 day annually
          • Sick leave: 10 days annually
          • Bereavement & Compassion leave: 2 -15 days based on loss
          • 12 weeks employer-paid family leave
          • College tuition reimbursement plan
          • Job related seminar & continuing education
          • Professional Certification/Recertification 100% employer paid
          • Training and professional development; access to LinkedIn Learning on-demand courses
          • Employee Assistance Program
          • Mindfulness Meditation: live and on-demand classes
          • APS does not offer relocation assistance/costs

            The American Physical Society is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of American Physical Society not to discriminate or allow the harassment of employees or applicants on the basis of race, religious creed, immigration status, alienage or citizenship, religion, color, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, protected veteran status, protected military status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, ancestry, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law with regard to any employment practices, including recruitment, advertising, job application procedures, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, job assignments, benefits and/or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, provided the individual is qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential functions of the job. This policy applies to all jobs at APS. The American Physical Society is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact APS Human Resources at hr@aps.org. The "Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal'' poster, prepared by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), provides an overview of several laws that protect you from discrimination on the job, and several rights are afforded to you by these laws. The "Pay Transparency Non Discrimination Provision," prepared by the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), provides an overview of several protections implemented to protect individuals working under federal contracts from discrimination when inquiring about or discussing compensation; these protections apply to all employees and applicants. The APS has a "remote first" concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations.

            Please see job descriptionPI235117691

Keywords: American Physical Society, Washington DC , Science Communications Manager, Executive , College Park, DC

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