PR/Communications Coordinator | Optica

Are you a skilled communicator with a passion for science? Are you looking to take the next step to build your career in global communications? Read on! Optica (formerly OSA), the leading forum for light science and technology worldwide, is seeking a PR/Communications Coordinator to join our team. The position requires strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and superior writing ability. You will gain practical, hands-on experience in a fast-paced, global scientific PR environment.


Position Summary: 

Coordinating, Writing, Research & Analytics

  • Manage the Optica Publishing/PR journal press release process
  • Assist in researching and preparing Optica corporate press releases
  • Request Banner Ad/Images for Optica news releases
  • Post approved news releases to the Optica website
  • Monitor media coverage associated with Optica press releases
  • Curate, draft and edit content for the Optica blog
  • Write/Post social media content, as needed
  • Maintain the Optica social media editorial calendar
  • Track and report on monthly social media analytics
  • Update web content in the Optica Newsroom
  • Provide PR support for conferences, trade shows and special programs
  • Implement multi-media strategies to promote Optica programs
  • Coordinate and schedule interview requests
  • Assist in organizing press and media conferences
  • Cultivate relationships with the trade and mainstream press media
  • Other duties as assigned

Education & Experience:

  • Undergraduate or Graduate-level coursework in public relations, science and/or integrated communications
  • Several years of experience in PR/Communications, ideally in a scientific/technical field
  • Global experience and/or language skills (esp. Chinese) a plus
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Experience using Microsoft office software
  • Familiarity with social media and media relations tactics


Skills & Abilities:

  • Interpersonal and written communication skills required for internal and external contacts
  • Ability to manage workflow with daily deadlines
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment

Located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, Optica, formerly OSA, offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and two pages of writing samples to [email protected]

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