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, OSA Europe, is responsible for developing, building and sustaining relationships and connections with OSA members and customers in northern Europe. The individual’s focus will be on implementing the stated strategic direction for the OSA European office and increasing volunteer engagement across all of the major OSA programs within Europe.
The Director, OSA Europe works with all pertinent internal and external stakeholders to achieve greater volunteer engagement in the European market, specifically northern Europe. 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 from the current base level as specified in the Success Metrics section of the European Office Business Plan.
This employee will, with the direction and support of the home office, serve as a 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 the society staff based in the US.
As one of the two primary contacts 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 participate in and network at conferences.
This is an exciting role for the Society as they continue to build out their outreach in Europe adding to the additional hire last year. 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 or more of relevant experience in business development and working with a scientific society
- 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
- Strong interpersonal skills to facilitate positive engagement with volunteers and 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.