Program Officer - Board on Human-Systems Integration

Washington D.C.
Sep 11, 2017
Sep 22, 2017
Analyst, Research
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 Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) focuses the knowledge, analytical tools, and methods of the behavioral and social sciences on some of the nation's most pressing issues in efforts to understand them and to contribute to their solution. Our areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) anthropology, child development, demography, economics, education, history, law, gerontology, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics.  The Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) focuses on new perspectives on theoretical and methodological issues concerning the relationship of individuals and organizations to technology and the environment, identifying critical issues in the design, test, evaluation, and use of new human-centered technologies.




The program officer will be responsible for managing highly complex programs or projects and is responsible for developing project strategies and ensuring projects meet their stated objectives. He/she will serve as the liaison between committee members, the Academies, and other applicable parties and will supervise staff. In collaboration with national experts, the program officer will synthesize and edit research findings and technical data and determine the relevance of data for committee activities.  He or she will prepare background papers and technical summaries for use by committee members. The PO will also collaborate with other BBCSS staff and board members to develop new projects. He/she will report directly to the board director.


As the work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, candidates will have the ability to solve complex and novel intellectual problems using originality and ingenuity. They will have strong program/project management skills and proficiency in communicating scientific/technical/policy information to diverse audiences and stakeholders. Previous knowledge or experience with research in basic behavioral science required.  They should have excellent written and communication skills.


The candidate will minimally hold a master’s degree with three years of related professional experience.  A Ph.D. in the behavioral sciences is highly preferred. He/she will be capable of organizing and leading experts from a variety of fields to discuss and write reports on policy issues in science education from an evidence-based stance.




Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to manage and develop projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies’ departments, and external constituents through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents.

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