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Federal Relations Senior Associate
Title:Federal Relations Senior Associate
Department:Government Affairs
Location:Washington, DC

Federal Relations Senior Associate - Leading Government Affairs Office

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 over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:

The American Physical Society's Office of Government Affairs (APS OGA) is looking for an enthusiastic, engaging and results-oriented Federal Relations Senior Associate to help advance APS’s policy priorities on Capitol Hill and with the executive branch. Working with APS OGA leadership, the Senior Associate will be responsible for developing and implementing policy strategies related to key federal science agencies and science policy issues.

APS OGA is located in the heart of Washington, DC, just blocks from the White House and Capitol Hill in the historic National Press Building. The office location offers access to Metro, great dining and retail shopping, as well as access to the National Press Club and an on-premises gym, cafe, restaurant and business center.

A Typical Week May Look Like This:
  • Serving as the point person on a wide range of federal science policy issues, including those related to NSF, NIST and STEM education.
  • Working with OGA leadership to develop and implement advocacy strategies that advance the Society's policy priorities. 
  • Building and maintaing relationships with congressional and executive branch staff
  • Representing APS at stakeholder events and meetings in DC and taking an active role in coalitions working toward APS's advocacy goals.
  • Representing OGA at APS's national meetings and other APS sponsored events.
  • Working closely with APS's Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) - a key APS committee responsible for making recommendations to APS leadership on public affairs activities - helping the committee develop priorities, set agendas and manage meetings, as well as manage POPA studies and reports. 
  • Working directly with the APS Chief Government Affairs Officer, Associate Director of Government Affairs, Senior Strategist for Grassroots Advocacy, OGA Administrator and Senior Press Secretary on a daily basis. 
  • Being a trusted resource for the Society's members, leadership and staff for federal science policy-related questions, events, and activities.

Is This You:
  • Holder of an advanced degree; PhD in physics or related field preferred.
  • At least 2 years of related work experience
  • Experience with legislative process, Congress, and/or executive branch required; policy fellowship preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to describe scientific and technical matters to multiple audiences
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills; keen attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Must take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Work well with interdepartmental teams as well as independently; adapt quickly to changing schedules
  • Understanding of the culture of professional societies and their membership helpful
  • Understanding of university research; minimum of three years previous research experience strongly preferred (graduate educational research acceptable)
  • A commitment to advancing policy issues impacting the scientific community

Our Mission:

To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we:

  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all

The Core Values That Drive Our Mission Are:

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


The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, pregnancy (including childbirth or related condition), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We welcome you to apply today! 

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