Senior Program Assistant - Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (The National Academies). HMD’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters.
The Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (BPH) focuses on areas and issues affecting the public’s health. In studies ranging from core principles and needs in the field to specific issues such as vaccine safety, pandemic preparedness issues, smoking cessation, health disparities, and reducing environmental and occupational hazards, BPH considers the best ways to ensure the health of the public. In order to improve the health of groups, communities, and populations, the Board explores topics such as cardiovascular and infectious disease prevention and control interventions and the capacity of federal, state, and local agencies to protect the health of the public.
The Senior Program Assistant will support the activities of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, a convening activity in the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the Health and Medicine Division. The roundtable brings together individuals and organizations that represent different sectors in a dialogue about what is needed to improve population health.
The Roundtable engages roundtable members and outside experts, practitioners and stakeholders on three core issues: (1) supporting fruitful interaction between primary care and public health, (2) strengthening governmental public health, and (3) exploring community action in transforming the conditions that influence the public’s health.
The Senior Program Assistant performs complex clerical and administrative duties for assigned program(s) or project(s) under minimal supervision; maintains the roundtable webpage and related pages; maintains accurate roundtable and collaborative membership rosters (including nomination packages); coordinates logistical and administrative aspects of meetings; writes, edits, and formats routine correspondence; interfaces with roundtable and planning committee members and performs duties involving planning travel and other logistics of roundtable workshops and meetings; may participate in research efforts including collection, assembly, and tabulation of data (e.g., evaluating roundtable impact including publications and social media), as well as helping to prepare workshop resource lists and other materials; may guide work of temporary staff.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. Performs routine and complex clerical and administrative tasks including word processing, copying, faxing, filing, answering and screening calls, writing and editing correspondence, and compiling and coordinating mailings. Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files.
2. Coordinates logistical arrangements for committee meetings, forums, workshops, etc. Assembles and reproduces agenda books and briefing materials. Provides administrative support for meetings. Coordinates travel and lodging arrangements. Selects menu and arranges for support services. Registers attendees. Provides assistance at meetings and resolves issues.
3. Performs basic research activities, including literature searches for staff and committee members. Gathers references. May participate in other research efforts including collection, assembly, and tabulation of data and summarizing literature.
4. Prepares vouchers and reviews and processes travel expense reports in compliance with applicable policies and procedures.
5. Inputs edits and proofreads reports. Formats text and publications. Coordinates with printers/publishers to have materials printed.
6. Responds to inquiries and follows-up on communications. Communicates with members, sponsors, or other external customers, answering questions and providing information.
7. Performs administrative-related Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) compliance tasks.
8. Attends meetings, training classes, and workshops.
9. Mentors and trains new support staff. Coordinates temporary help and may supervise work of temporary staff.
10. Updates applicable databases and systems on a timely basis and ensures documents and files are accurately maintained and archived. Maintains email and distribution lists.
11. Where applicable, updates and maintains web pages.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to plan and support extensive meeting activities. Ability to solve problems with supervisory consultation or by following procedures. Ability to prioritize work and the flexibility to change directions as the job dictates. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Good communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.
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