Oct 20, 2023

Scientific and Public Affairs Coordinator

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Hybrid (Washington, DC)
Full time General Public Policy Other Psychology Science

Job Description

Scientific and Public Affairs Coordinator

The Association for Psychological Science (APS), a DC-based scientific organization with a collegial, collaborative culture, seeks a coordinator with a strong interest in psychological science to join its growing Scientific and Public Affairs team.


About APS


APS is dedicated to the advancement and representation of scientific psychology across the full range of research areas in this diverse field. APS members around the world include leading scientists, scholars, educators, and students. APS publishes six highly respected journals, convenes scientific conventions and workshops, publishes a member magazine and related digital content, and has a broad public outreach and policy advocacy program that raises the visibility of APS members, their research, and the psychological science field as a whole.


About the Position

Reporting to the Director of Scientific and Public Affairs, this position works closely with the Scientific and Public Affairs team and staff members from across APS in support of the organization’s strategic priorities. Specifically, the Scientific and Public Affairs Coordinator

·       Provides logistical, administrative, and technical support to the Director of Scientific and Public Affairs for programs such as webinars, workshops, and podcasts. This may include, but is not limited to

o   Tracking invitations and communicating with guest speakers/presenters/interviewees

o   Creating schedules

o   Setting up events in APS’s membership platform

o   Setting up events in Zoom or another event platform

o   Collecting speaker/presenter/interviewee bios and drafting and/or editing program descriptions

o   Posting descriptions on the APS website

o   Coordinating announcements and pre- and post-event emails with the APS Marketing team

o   Ensuring pre- and post-event materials are shared with all relevant staff in a timely manner

·       Assists in developing, implementing, and/or conducting workshops/professional development or other similar member-serving and revenue-generating programs.

·       Provides logistical, administrative, and technical support for in-person events at the APS Annual Convention and any virtual events related to government research, funding, and policy.

·       Assists in preparing grant applications and proposals, as well as in identifying funding opportunities for APS programs and initiatives.

·       Assists in identifying and publicizing funding opportunities and policy developments of relevance to APS members both in the US and internationally. 

·       Assists in gathering information on funding structures and opportunities for psychological science outside of the US.  

·       Attends meetings, as needed, for reporting back to APS staff. 

·       Produces reports on psychological science and policy for presentation to APS staff and leadership. 

·       Other duties as assigned.


·       Bachelor’s degree; psychological science or behavioral science field preferred; background in government a plus

·       Willingness to learn about and enthusiasm for psychological science

·       Exceptional and demonstrated writing skills; ability to communicate diplomatically both in writing and verbally

·       Exceptional organizational skills, and ability to coordinate multiple assignments and meet deadlines

·       Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

·       General comfort with technology and working on the web; experience with WordPress or other content management systems a plus

·       Excellent interpersonal, problem resolution, and teamwork skills

·       A commitment to excellence and a desire to exceed expectations

·       Sound judgement

APS offers a competitive salary, great benefits, and a collegial environment in a beautiful Dupont Circle office space. Hybrid work is an option, but this is not a fully remote position. Email resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to hr [at] psychologicalscience [dot] org. No telephone calls please. APS is an equal opportunity employer.


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