NAE Program Director

Washington D.C.
Aug 13, 2018
Nov 07, 2018
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.

The NAE is tasked with identifying and illuminating issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. Studies, symposia, and public information activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies.

Responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing management and evaluation of program activities of moderate size and broad scope and complexity. Develops the overall budget, including staffing requirements and ensures that each study or activity meets its stated objectives and supports the mission of the organization. Maintains internal and external relations. Oversees the assembling of committees and provides guidance to those committees in the conduct of their work and/or consensus building process. Responds to requests for studies, negotiating scope of work and budget, and independently develops programs/projects and negotiates funding with sponsors. Significantly impacts the advancement of engineering and/or policy through the successful conduct of NAE programs and activities.

Responsible for financial management and resource allocation, staff planning and management, and is fully accountable for the performance and results of the office. Has authority to formulate, affect, interpret, or implement management policies or operating practices. Studies and decisions have long-term implications and affect continuing operations. Must have high-level professional staff as direct reports. Incumbent deals with important or controversial issues and effective persuasion, negotiation, and compromise are critical to work. Reports to the NAE Executive Officer (EO).
Job Description:



  • In consultation with EO and NAE Council Program Committee, develops and maintains a balanced, high quality portfolio of projects/programs/publications. Establishes a vision and working strategy for studies and activities conducted within the program.
  • Plans, conducts, and directs work on projects/programs. Oversees the management of projects, assembles or oversees the assembling of study and center committees, and/or awards panels and provides oversight and guidance to the conduct of their work.
  • Provides leadership and mentors employees. Trains and develops employees to successfully perform current responsibilities and encourages development of staff for future roles. Forms effective teams and cultivates a work environment that fosters teamwork. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies. Initiates personnel actions, including performance and compensation reviews and disciplinary actions.
  • Maintains communication and productive working relationships with NAE Council Program Committee. Sets agenda and oversees program review meetings. Oversees quality assurance efforts.
  • Oversees financial management of the unit. Participates in business planning, conducts status meetings, coordinates logistical issues, and implements planning, scheduling, and procedural changes.
  • Responsible for program/project development. Maintains current and develops new relationships with prospective sponsors and other external contacts.
  • Responds to requests for studies/projects, negotiating scope of work and budget, and independently develops high-impact programs/projects and negotiates funding with sponsors. Performs fundraising activities. Prepares proposals. Oversees management of contracts.
  • Oversees the report process during writing, report review, and release, if applicable.
  • Oversees outreach efforts, including dissemination of reports and the quarterly Bridge publication. Conducts speaking engagements, handles press calls, participates in outside committees, and represents program office at internal and external meetings.


  • Related duties and special projects as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to solve intellectual problems that reflect substantial variety and complexity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate with substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to negotiate funding. Ability to train and develop staff. 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 and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees. Proven track record of fundraising for significant programs/projects. Understands the NAE/National Academies' mission and culture.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in a related field, or equivalent experience

Minimum Experience: Twelve years of related professional experience, Six of which were in a supervisory capacity. Previous experience managing/overseeing complex, multi-component projects/programs of the type undertaken by the  National Academies (i.e., committee-driven consensus studies and workshops). Knowledge of key issues in engineering education, research, and policy. Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in engineering, engineering education, public policy, or a related field. Demonstrated impact on the advancement of issues in engineering education, research and/or policy. Direct experience with the National Academies, either as a present or past employee, as an Academy member or as a volunteer (e.g., committee member).

Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel. Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: None.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to the NAE Executive Officer. Independently establishes goals and objectives. Supervises program office staff.

Work Environment: Office environment, with travel between National Academies' facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units.

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of Columbia

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