Position Filled: Outreach Coordinator for Biosecurity

The Biosecurity Program at the Federation of American Scientists is expanding.

Job Title: Outreach Coordinator for Biosecurity

Location: Washington, D.C.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, generous benefits

Education: Biological Sciences related Ph.D., with at least 5 years management experience in a science-related field; Master’s degree with extensive experience considered.  Business and marketing experience highly desired.

Description: The FAS biosecurity program is looking for a smart, energetic, driven and personable individual to promote and develop the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC), a major web-based project using innovative video, multimedia, and social networking tools to revolutionize the way biosecurity information and policies are communicated. As a key member of the VBC team, the outreach coordinator will organize local, national and international biosecurity related events and conferences to accomplish key goals; use business and market principals to analyze, identify and promote best practices for the biosecurity field; develop and maintain national and international partnerships in the biosecurity community, including new partnerships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; and develop technology-driven promotional/educational campaigns and materials.

Candidates must be familiar with international biosecurity issues and the biotechnology industry.

Successful candidates are expected to be highly motivated and able to work independently.  They are expected to be able to analyze complex issues and summarize findings; communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; have strong organizational skills; be capable of prioritizing work assignments in a heavy workload environment; and possess superior research and information technology skills.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Organize biannual meetings for the VBC Council
  • Organize large, efficacious, national and international conferences; develop promotional/educational materials as needed.
  • Identify new opportunities for the VBC to positively affect the biosecurity field
  • Identify potential high impact biosecurity events and projects to fund through an Immediate Needs Program
  • Develop, coordinate, and maintain partnerships with universities, government agencies, NGO’s, and private corporations on the VBC’s behalf.  Identify and develop new partnerships and relations.
  • Interact with project managers at FAS, the wider policy community, and the media.  Professionally and positively represent the VBC.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter detailing how your background applies to the specific job responsibilities and duties, a résumé and salary history/requirements to [email protected] with the subject line VBC OUTREACH JOB:

Alternatively, materials may be faxed to (202) 675-1010.

Note: Position available immediately. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Complete applications will be considered first for interviews.

For more information about the work of the Federation, visit our homepage at http://www.fas.org/

Founded in 1945 by atomic scientists of the Manhattan Project, the Federation of American Scientists is dedicated to the responsible use of science and technology. A 501c3 nonprofit, FAS brings a scientific perspective to analysis and public education on a broad range of science, technology, and public policy issues, including weapons nonproliferation and information technologies. FAS provides a professional, casual and collegial work environment with generous benefits.

The FAS Biological and Chemical Weapons Control Program defines biosecurity challenges that face the nation, provides sound information and policy guidance, and advocates for overall preparedness for public health emergencies such as pandemics, disasters, and terrorism events. It covers all aspects of chemical and biological weapons and their control, but concentrates on researching and advocating policies that balance science and security without compromising national security or scientific progress. That includes preventing the misuse of their research and promoting public understanding of the real threats from biological and chemical weapons.

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