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Public Affairs Analyst



Title: Public Affairs Analyst
Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Washington, DC

What we do and offer our team

AGU is home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Public Affairs Analyst, you will be part of a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our employees exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.

AGU’s Workplace Values

We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.

We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.

Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.

What the Public Affairs Analyst does

The Public Affairs Analyst elevates AGU’s status among U.S. Congress and the Administration by enabling AGU to respond more rapidly and comprehensively to Capitol Hill and media requests. The Analyst will also help engage AGU members in science policy events and activities through creation and dissemination of informational resources for its membership and policymakers.

Reporting to Assistant Director, Public Affairs, the Public Affairs Analyst collaborates regularly with the members of the Public Affairs team and other AGU staff.

* Develops forward-looking and ongoing plans to ensure AGU is maximizing its social media (The Bridge blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
* Creates a content management strategy for AGU websites, social media, and external written products.
* Drafts materials for Eos.
* Helps create a strategic Web presence for Science Policy.
* Conducts policy research, analyzes issues, monitors legislative and regulatory developments related to science and develops advocacy statements in support of research in the geophysical sciences.
* Researches and develops fact sheets and content for science policy letters.
* Provides rapid response research and content creation as needed for Congress, media, members, etc.
* Assists in development of GeoPolicy Connect website and event-specific content.
* Provides long-term planning of content and products.
* Develops relationships that foster resources of information (government, AGU members, and Capitol Hill staff).
* Understands what information is available, and develops reliable methodology for seeking material.
* Understands motivations of policymakers, media, and other audiences.
* Analyzes appropriations policies and authorizing bills for language relevant to AGU.
* Maintains ongoing familiarity with research sources relevant to AGU science policy work.
* Assesses areas of content (government agencies, federal legislation, scientific papers, etc.)
* Works with the leadership of the department to develop larger research projects, such as white papers, including supervising consultants, ensuring appropriate methodologies, etc.
* Other duties as assigned.

What the Public Affairs Analyst brings to the team

* Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or science discipline with 4-5 years of experience, including some policy experience.
* Experience using research methodologies.
* Experience working with consultants is a plus.
* Experience in a scientific, knowledge-based or technical setting is a plus, but not required.
* Previous experience working in a membership organization environment is preferred.
* Ability to read, interpret, analyze, and apply legislation to AGU program policies, and make good decisions without direct daily oversight.
* Ability to understand scientific publications.
* Excellent analytical skills.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate easily and effectively with both internal and external audiences.
* Willingness to develop relationships with policy makers, scientists, and other stakeholders.
* Ability to perform responsibilities with composure, accuracy, and quality under the stress of deadlines and/or fast pace.
* Good organizational skills with attention to detail.
* Ability to think creatively and act proactively to seek opportunities for advancing AGU goals.
* Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality.
* Must enjoy working effectively as part of a team.
* Demonstrated high level of initiative.
* Ability to assist with follow through on commitments and accept ownership of responsibilities and with utmost professionalism.
* Strong personal computer skills, Microsoft Office Suite and intranet is a must.
* Ability to travel.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to

Candidates who are selected for a second interview will be presented with a writing assignment to analyze and summarize a piece of legislation and a scientific paper.

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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