Senior Program Officer - Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
**Must be U.S. citizen and have or be willing to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance.**
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 Earth and Life Studies (DELS) consists of twelve units that facilitate communication among the research community, policy makers, industry, interest groups, and the public. DELS is responsible for a vast array of topics, ranging from the molecular level to the global level. The common thread linking the units is the broad topic of science and the environment, but the division also examines issues outside that area.
The Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology or BCST is the focal point within the National Academies for activities related to chemistry and chemical engineering; it serves as a source for objective, independent advice to the federal government and others in these areas. Through its board meetings, studies, and workshops, BCST strives to advance knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering; foster application of this knowledge to benefit the national interest; and provide guidance on research opportunities to US research programs so that they can address key scientific issues to meet the needs of the nation. BCST covers a wide range of topics and issues, including basic research, homeland and national security, education and workforce, and the chemical and energy industries. See http://dels.nas.edu/bcst for a list of current and recent studies and workshop reports. In addition to individual projects, BCST manages the Chemical Sciences Roundtable (http://nas-sites.org/csr/), a unique forum of leaders in the chemical enterprise from industry, academia, government, and other organizations.
The Senior Program Officer for BCST will lead projects involving advisory studies and other types of activities, such as roundtables or workshops in the chemical sciences and engineering. He or she will develop project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensure that the program/project meets its stated objectives. The incumbent will develop prospectuses and proposals and negotiate funding and schedule with project sponsors. The incumbent will serve as a liaison between study committee members, the National Academies, and sponsors, most frequently senior officials in the federal government.
This position requires advanced knowledge in chemistry or chemical engineering, the ability to think independently and rigorously, excellent writing and communication skills, strong problem solving skills, and the ability to both work in and lead teams. The successful candidate will be skilled at interfacing with people at all levels. Additionally, he or she will have the skills needed to take on full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. Finally, the ability to obtain a U.S. government security clearance is required.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. Independently designs and manages multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures stated objectives are met. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.
2. Where applicable, assembles committees and guides those 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 workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, 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. For studies and other applicable programs, 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. For studies, assistance is provided in preparing draft report, including writing sections of report 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. Where applicable, responsible for extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.
7. Where applicable, 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. Conducts dissemination meetings.
8. Independently supervises program or project staff. Ensures staff is appropriately trained and plans for staff development. Mentors staff. Initiates personnel actions. Conducts performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.
9. Responsible for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.
10. For certain programs managing research or fellowship activities, conducts site visits and ensures current and new facilities meet established criteria. Visits sites where participants are located to evaluate assignment and ensure compliance.
11. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.
12. Maintains ongoing relationships with major 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. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.
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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