Senior Program Officer - Intelligence Community Studies Board

Washington D.C.
Oct 09, 2017
Feb 02, 2018
Analyst, Research
Full Time

**Successful candidate must possess an active security clearance at the TS level and be eligible for ODNI SCI access.  TS/SCI is preferred.**


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 Intelligence Community Studies Board (ICSB) serves as the convening authority for the discussion of science and technology issues of importance to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In coordination with ODNI and other agencies of the IC, the ICSB provides the governance structure for studies, workshops, symposia, and expert meetings on science and technology topics of interest to the IC. The principal sponsor of the ICSB is the Director of S&T, ODNI; however, the intent is to make ICSB resources and publications available to all intelligence agencies.




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


Requiring advanced knowledge, incumbent performs work primarily intellectual and/or analytical in character. The job’s primary focus is either on leading studies or managing other types of programs. Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, subject only to organizational and departmental policies and rules. Has full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. Provides innovative solutions to complex problems that impact program's or project’s success.  Reports directly to Board Director.  


This position requires: (1) broad and extensive knowledge of science and technology, particularly as it applies to intelligence and national security; (2) broad and extensive understanding of national security issues; (3) professional familiarity with the US national security agencies and their organizations and activities, and knowledge of the defense industry; (4) extensive experience conducting and managing studies and analysis, particularly as related to national security; (5) a demonstrated ability to interact with government officials, academic researchers, and private industry; and (6) experience writing reports, reviewing reports, and doing briefings/presentations.




1. Develops, plans, conducts, and leads research efforts on programs/projects related to expertise. Independently manages multiple/complex program/projects, assembles committees and guides those committees in the consensus building process. Significantly impacts the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of multiple and complex activities.


2. Collaborates with colleagues and constituents (e.g., staff within the department and across the institution, experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, and other organizations) to identify creative ways to work together and employ diverse perspectives in addressing challenges and developing solutions. Forms effective teams and cultivates a work environment that fosters teamwork. Represents the unit and/or committee within and outside the National Academies.


3. Explores opportunities for new programs/projects and develops proposals to have maximum impact. Maintains current and develops new relationships with prospective sponsors and other external contacts. Conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Shapes programs/projects through discussions with potential sponsors. Performs fundraising activities to support growth and expansion of project portfolio.


4. Serves as a liaison between potential sponsors, relevant scientific and technical communities, and the National Academies. Assists with the coordination of activities among these groups. Write reviews or articles for the field of specialization and makes presentations to inside and outside constituents and entities.  May fill in for Board Director and represent the National Academies when needed.


5. Develops, plans, and conducts workshops and seminars for members and staff on topics related to area of expertise. Identifies potential expert committee members and workshop participants.


6. Provides technical expertise in advising and consulting with staff and assists in resolution of problems and inquiries. Consulted as an authoritative source by media and others in the field of specialization. Represents the organization in outside discussions and technical forums.


7. As applicable, trains and develops employees to successfully perform their responsibilities and encourages development of staff for future roles. Initiates personnel actions and conducts performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.


8. May have responsibility for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. Collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.




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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