Board Director - Science and Technology for Sustainability

Washington D.C.
Apr 04, 2017
May 04, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.


The goal of the Science and Technology for Sustainability Program is to contribute to sustainable improvements in human well-being by creating and strengthening the strategic connections between scientific research, technological development, and decision-making.  The program includes a range of convening and consensus-building activities.  The best-known ongoing activity is the Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Roundtable, which meets twice per year to provide a forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainability. Members of the Roundtable include senior decision-makers from government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations who deal with issues of sustainability, and who are in a position to mobilize new strategies for sustainability.  The Roundtable’s scoping discussions lead to many of the projects undertaken by the STS program, whose topics currently include linkages among energy, water, and food, implementation strategies in the private sector, applying sustainability analysis to specific economic sectors, and urban sustainability.


This position will manage and grow the STS program. Develops program strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures the program meets its stated objectives.  Responsible for managing multiple and/or highly complex programs/projects.  Serves as liaison between Roundtable members, other external experts in sustainability and the National Academies.  Independently supervises staff and provides training.   Develops prospectuses and projects that have a high impact.


The STS Program is part of the portfolio of the Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) division, whose mission focuses on national strategies and resources, global affairs, workforce and the economy. The division is particularly charged to identify and build synergy among the disciplines and issue areas, and to promote interaction among science, engineering, medicine and public policy. The division includes a range of standing committees and boards concerned with the vitality of the research enterprise in the US and abroad. In that connection, the work of the division includes studies and convening activities on the interaction of key institutions central to science and technology policy, on the standing of US research around the world and cooperation with science & engineering bodies in other countries, on the mission and organization of federal research activities, and on the sources of future manpower and funding for research.

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