Science Programs Associate

Washington D.C.
Mar 30, 2018
May 04, 2018
Full Time

Science Programs Associate

The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day management of several important programs in the Science Directorate, all playing substantial roles in how APA and the Directorate serve and are perceived by the psychological science community. Examples of such programs include the Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience grant program, the Science Student Council, and award programs providing funding to graduate student and early career researchers.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree (preferably in psychology) is the minimum educational requirement, although a master’s degree is desirable.
  • Minimum work experience with bachelor’s degree is 2 to 3 years of general program management work in an association, scientific society, or academic institution.
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  • The incumbent manages programs such as the Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience grant program and the Student Travel, Dissertation Research, and APF/COGDOP awards for graduate students. This person may also serve as staff liaison to an APA or Science Directorate Committee, such as the Science Student Council. In addition, the incumbent will represent APA and the Science Directorate to other psychological associations or groups. Activities related to these relationships may include but are not limited to grants, lectures, and workshops.
  • The incumbent should have excellent communication skills and attention to detail. On a day-to-day basis, management of these programs may entail collecting and reviewing applications, corresponding with individuals and groups both within and outside of APA, creating and disseminating publicity, handling financial and legal paperwork, detailed record-keeping, and other logistical tasks. Because these are fluid and changing programs, the staff member assigned to these programs must be nimble and ready to approach new opportunities with a positive attitude.
  • The incumbent may be called upon to organize directorate meetings and conferences involving psychologists, scientists in other fields, policymakers, and other stakeholders. This includes but is not limited to working with senior staff to manage logistics, correspondence, and publicity. It may also include the management of other directorate activities as appropriate and assigned.
  • Other Duties as assigned.


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Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a cover letter and resume specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.

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