Senior Program Officer - Board on Energy and Environmental Systems

Washington D.C.
Oct 02, 2017
Oct 19, 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 Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is broadly concerned with expanding basic knowledge in the physical sciences and engineering and applying science and engineering disciplines in the service of humankind. DEPS works to ensure the effective application and progress of its science and engineering disciplines to provide timely scientific and technological advice to the government, the corporate sector, the professions, and the public in an effort to address problems of national and international significance.


The Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES) is a unit of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council (NRC).  The National Research Council, the principal operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is a private, non-profit organization that provides science and technology advice under a congressional charter.  Since 1975, the Board has conducted a diverse program of studies and related activities (workshops, symposia, etc.) to produce authoritative, independent recommendations about the science and technology aspects of energy and its relationship to the environment.


**This is a part-time position.**




The Senior Program Officer for BEES will be responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects.  Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirement and ensures the program/project meeting its stated objectives.  Serves as a liaison between the committee members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties.  Independently supervises staff.  Develops prospectuses and projects and negotiates funding with sponsors.




1. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirement and ensures stated objectives are met.  Conducts project evaluations and leads studies.


2. Assembles committees and guides these committees in the consensus building process.  Leads convening activities such as forums or workshops.  Communicates and coordinates with the chair and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials.  Solicits and contacts potential panel members.  Facilitates the flow of information among panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.


3. Conducts meetings and/or workshops.  Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and prepares written summaries.


4. Prepares background papers and technical summaries.  Develops written products (e.g. reports, proceedings, white papers).  Drafts and edits materials for publication.  Synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of study.


5. Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work.  Provides assistance in preparing draft reports, including writing sections of the reports based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar.  Manages the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication.


6. Manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications.  Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal.  Manages report production activities.  Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination.  Prepares dissemination materials and conducts dissemination meetings.


7. Maintains ongoing relationships with sponsors and develops new program areas.  Conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities.  Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding.  Identifies potential sponsors.  Raises funds for current and future projects.  Negotiates funding with sponsors.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Advanced knowledge of the scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management and facilitation skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to train and develop staff. 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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