Senior Specialist for Affiliated Fairs

The Senior Specialist for Affiliated Fairs administers the stewardship, management and support of the more than 400 science fairs in the Society for Science & the Public’s affiliated fair network.  Both at the middle school and high school levels, this network of fairs spans all 50 states within the United States and over 70 countries, regions and territories. This role will also be involved in science fair policy and standards to aid the fairs to successfully advance students to Broadcom MASTERS and the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The Senior Specialist for Affiliated Fairs will report to the Chief Program Officer.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manages external communications within and among the affiliated fair network working closely with colleagues who support specific segments of the network.
  • Creates pathways of communication to build relationships with and community among the affiliated fairs and supports fairs through new challenges and transitions.
  • Supports the Society’s goals to support diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of science fair.
  • Informs efforts to expand the science fair participation and committee recruitment efforts to ensure that a diverse and inclusive pipeline of STEM talent is served and represented at ISEF.
  • Supports the management of the ISEF committees – Scientific Review Committee (SRC), Display & Safety (D&S) and Judging Advisory Committee (JAC) to guide rules enforcement and fair and equitable judging practices at ISEF and the affiliate fair level.
  • Establishes a thorough understanding of the International Rules & Guidelines for Pre-Collegiate Research and Guidelines for Science Fairs and supports its annual revision process.
  • Writes and edits the Society’s policy and guidelines for the science fair network and committees to support understanding and enforcement of the science fair rules and standards.
  • Supports sponsor reporting, statistics gathering, data analysis and program evaluation.
  • Coordinates efforts with the advancement and development teams around potential grants, financial support or award programs targeted to specific fairs and supports the implementation and communication with the fairs.
  • Aids in the processing and troubleshooting of online applications and provides customer service for the programs throughout the year.
  • Attends all education programs, including the competitions and outreach programs, which requires at least 2 weeks of travel annually.
  • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.


  • Excellent oral, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others as a team, to multi-task, and to be a self-starter.
  • Affinity for the educational, science and outreach goals of the Society for Science & the Public.
  • Identifies, adapts, and troubleshoots when processes need to change.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including international audiences.

Education and Experience

  • Required:
    • Undergraduate degree and a minimum of 5 years of related work experience.
    • High computer proficiency and knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is required.
  • Desired:
    • A degree in education or a STEM field.
    • Data management and relational database knowledge and experience with online application systems.
    • Prior experience in fair management.

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter to Emails should include “Senior Specialist for Affiliated Fairs” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office setting. Our office is located near the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. This position usually works in an office setting but will temporarily work from home until at least January 4, 2021 with possible extensions.

About the Society

Society for Science & the Public (Society) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement; to inform, educate, and inspire. We do this work through our award-winning Science News media group and world-class science competitions: the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF), and Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars). Regeneron ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS begin at local, regional, state, and national fairs that affiliate with the Society to participate. This network includes more than 400 science fairs representing more than 70 countries, regions, and territories.

EEO Statement

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.

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