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19 March 2018
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Morgan Healey Retained Assignment 

About the Optical Society: 

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.

Through publications, events and services, the Optical Society is helping to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation.

Scope of Activities:

The Director, Europe, is responsible for developing, building and sustaining relationships and connections with The Optical Society (OSA) members and customers throughout the European market. The individual’s focus will be on implementing the stated strategic direction for OSA’s European office and increasing volunteer engagement across all of the major OSA programs within Europe based on a set of specified metrics.

Position Summary:

The Director works with all pertinent internal and external stakeholders to achieve greater volunteer engagement in the European market. The individual in this position will develop and cultivate relationships with a variety of diverse stakeholders, including, but not limited to members, librarians, government officials, volunteers, companies and OSA’s European based partners.  Success will be measured by increased engagement levels with specific stakeholder groups. 

This employee will, with the direction and support of the home office, serve as the face of OSA in Europe. He/she will need to be successful in building relationships not only with external customers and partners, but also with his/her colleagues based in the US.

As the primary contact and front line role for growing OSA’s engagement and visibility in Europe, this position will travel frequently to visit members of the community, institutions, agencies and other sites of interest to OSA as well as to participate in and network at conferences.

This is an exciting role for the Society as they continue to build out their outreach in Europe. This role would suit a candidate that is outgoing, well networked and able to act as an ambassadorial figure for the Society, building strong relationships and raising the Society’s profile within Europe. 

Skills & Experience: 

  • Seven to ten years’ relevant experience in business development and working with a scientific society. This may also include commercial editorial roles and marketing candidates. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Higher level degree in science or engineering preferred.
  • Multilingual would be an advantage, but not essential. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate positive engagement with the community and other OSA staff
  • Effective written and oral communication and analytical skills.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines, coordinate details and work independently required.
  • Proven organizational and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with US based colleagues in a timely manner from a remote location. 
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • High energy level.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles. 
  • High level of professionalism.
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications. 
  • Ability to travel 40-50% of the time required.

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