The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established in 1899 and based in Washington, DC, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. Its membership of about 7,000 individuals also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers, and others whose research and educational interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe. Learn more about our company by visiting our website: aas.org
A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the AAS is one of 10 member societies in the American Institute of Physics (AIP), whose mission is to advance, promote, and serve the physical sciences for the benefit of humanity. AIP publishes Physics Today, which is offered to all members of its member societies. AIP also provides authoritative information, services, and expertise in physics education and student programs, science communication, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and allied fields.
The AAS is expanding its staff to better accomplish its mission to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe through the addition of a new Director of Communications and Marketing. This is a new position for the Society, which has effectively doubled the number of staff members over the past decade in order to better serve the Society’s members, conference attendees, journal authors and discipline practitioners. The successful candidate will be responsible for expanding and enhancing all current communications activities, especially the Society’s web content, directed emails, and conference marketing efforts while developing a coherent marketing strategy for the Society’s activities and programs. Only collaborative team players having the skills and abilities described below should consider applying.
Role and Responsibilities
Coordinating the further development and ongoing management of AAS-associated websites, content-management system (CMS), and bulk emailing services. Managing communications staff responsible for social media, electronic digest and other communications-related efforts.
Developing a marketing strategy in coordination with other staff to promote the projects and programs of the Society as well as our scholarly journals, science conferences and membership programs.
Developing new and updating current online content; managing editorial and production workflows and deadlines for various in-house website projects and publications.
Creating and applying appropriate style and other publication standards. Ensuring that web content follows format and filename guidelines. Setting appropriate security for posted content.
Providing, or arranging for, any necessary training of staff in the use of the CMS and related systems.
Ensuring coordination among AAS departments for both internal and external Communications.
Copyediting and proofreading AAS digital and print content as necessary. Ensuring the submission of abstract and meetings information, member obituaries, and other content as appropriate to BAASpublication and preservation partners as necessary.
Serving as primary contact for external providers of communication services and content.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, English or closely related field is required.
Minimum 8 years’ experience creating and managing website content.
Ability to learn new computer systems and environments as needed; expert knowledge of, and demonstrated experience with, the following:
XML/HTML and website management tools, substantial Drupal experience required.
Desktop publishing and word-processing software, MS Office & Adobe CS preferred.
Demonstrated experience in Marketing the projects and programs ( not sales-focused marketing of goods and services) of an organization is required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated editing and proofing experience, preferably with scientific or technical content and production of materials suitable for publication in various media outlets.
Ability to present oral reports to groups of experts as well as speak to mixed audiences on technical subjects.
Excellent time-management and organizational skills.
Minimum five years’ experience managing exempt and non-exempt personnel required.
Ability to execute responsibilities with minimal supervision and oversight.
Additional Salary Information: Starting base salary of $90K.
About American Astronomical Society
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~7,000) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the Universe.