Senior Program Officer - Implementation Program Manager - National Cooperative Highway Research...

Washington D.C.
Jun 19, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Engineering, Research
Full Time

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of six program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.  The Board's mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research.  In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practice and policy by researchers and practitioners; stimulates research and offers research management services that promote technical excellence; provides expert advice on transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research results broadly and encourage their implementation.


The National Cooperative Highway Research Program is an applied, contract research program that develops near-term practical solutions to transportation issues.  TRB manages this program, which is described in more detail at:




Reporting to the NCHRP Manager, the Senior Program Officer /Implementation Program Manager (SPO/IPM) will have prime responsibility for the execution and periodic updating of NCHRP’s Implementation Facilitation Plan (available at  This plan is intended to assist our sponsors – primarily the state departments of transportation – in implementing the results of NCHRP research products within their organizations.  Activities will include building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, developing targeted information dissemination approaches, identifying and applying technology transfer techniques, monitoring program progress and impacts, and administering a $2,000,000 annual program budget. 


The SPO/IPM will be responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive set of dissemination and implementation activities as well as complex strategies and processes for tracking the value, utility, and impact of CRP research products within distinct modal industries. 


The SPO/PM will serve as a liaison and develop productive relationships with CRP staff, volunteer panel members, program sponsors, research teams, and others, on program or project strategies relevant to dissemination and implementation of research results.  This may include scopes of work for research projects, budget requirements and funding requests, technical requirements, data collection and reporting protocols, and targeted communications products and strategies.   The SPO/PM will establish processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of complex functions.


When appropriate, the incumbent will assist NCHRP staff and project panels with the development and maintenance of an implementation plan for each NCHRP project, and assist with the preparation of funding requests for implementation activities beyond those included in project work plans and budgets. 




1. Collaborate with NCHRP staff, project oversight panels, and contractors to develop and maintain implementation plans for each project; identify appropriate implementation activities; prepare funding requests;


2. Plan, organize, and facilitate meetings of project panels in the later stages of research to plan implementation responsibilities and activities;


3. Serve as the lead contact with agencies that will host implementation activities such as workshops, pilot projects, and peer exchanges;


4. Prepare and manage contracts for firms or agencies selected to conduct implementation activities; ensure that contractors fulfill the terms of the contracts and objectives are achieved;


5. Coordinate with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), including the AASHTO Innovation Initiative, and other relevant organizations and associations to form partnerships for effective implementation;


6. Assist program sponsors in identifying candidate projects and activities for other national funding programs, such as FHWA’s Every Day Counts and Accelerated Innovation Deployment; 


7. Develop appropriate means to communicate with specific target audiences;


8. Develop and execute a performance management program to track and quantify the impacts of NCHRP research and the success of NCHRP’s implementation facilitation activities;


9. Develop resources to demonstrate the value of NCHRP to state and national transportation leaders;


10. Promote and represent the program with various stakeholder groups;


11. Prepare regular status reports as needed for administration of the program.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Ability to solve problems of variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity.  Ability to operate with appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action.  Experience working in complex environment with a high degree of organizational effectiveness.  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.  Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

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