Scholar - Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Washington D.C.
Sep 21, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
The Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) focuses the knowledge, analytical tools, and methods of the behavioral and social sciences on some of the nation's most pressing issues in efforts to understand them and to contribute to their solution. Our areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) anthropology, child development, demography, economics, education, history, law, gerontology, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

Considered an expert and recognized as a leader in field of specialization, serves as resident expert in one or more areas. Plans and conducts research, maintains relationships with internal and external constituencies, and serves as a technical expert in consulting and advising staff on programs/projects related to area of expertise. Reports on accomplishments, inquiries, research studies, and travel experiences. Frequently consults and appears at meetings, discussing recent findings, or developments, their analyses, interpretation and impact. Lectures and speaks before various groups and writes for various audiences. If leading studies, oversees multiple/complex programs/projects, assembles committees and guides those committees in the consensus building process. Develops budgets and prospectuses to have maximum impact and shapes programs/projects through discussions with potential sponsors. Work is predominately intellectual and analytical in character.
Job Description:


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.
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.
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.
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 senior executives and represent the Academies when needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Related duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ability to solve intellectual problems of substantial variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems. Ability to operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to develop multiple complex projects that have a high impact. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies' departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees. Understanding of the Academies' mission and culture.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in related field or equivalent knowledge and mastery of field.

Minimum Experience: Twelve years of related professional experience, with five years of supervisory experience (if position has supervisory responsibilities).

Additional Requirements: Criteria for Appointment as a Scholar:

In addition to meeting the education and experience requirements above, the following standards must be met:

o Be acknowledged as an expert and thought leader in field of specialization pertinent to the work of The National Academies or a division thereof. Incumbent will be nationally recognized as a reliable source of comprehensive knowledge and expertise by leaders in the Academies and in the scientific, engineering, or medicine/health communities.

o Have prolonged and extensive experience through research, practice and/or education in field of specialization, with a proven and substantial record of distinguished work and/or documented research. A scholar shall have contributed significantly to the scientific and technical content of Academies' reports and publication and/or professional or academic journals and books, and be recognized by the media as an expert source of information.

o Be frequently consulted and invited to give talks on scientific, engineering, or medical/health topics at national scholarly, professional and policy meetings, particularly to discuss recent findings or developments, analyses, interpretation and impact of their work.

o Be highly effective collaborators, both inside and outside their organization in developing and maintaining scholarly or technical collaborations and relationships, be called upon by senior leaders for projects that involve joint work across the Academies or for external candidates, across their own organization, and be sought out to lead complex studies and challenging activities to address difficult questions and issues.

o Internal candidates must have a record of successful leadership of multiple, complex Academies' activities leading to the production of high impact reports and a sustained practice of successfully mentoring less experienced staff.

o Candidates from outside the Academies must have a record of promotion through the ranks of their institutions, have led departments, centers, programs, or institutes, and have a record of successfully mentoring young scholars and scientists.

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 Executive Director or Board/Program Director. Independently establishes goals and objectives. May supervise staff.

Work Environment: Office environment, with occasional 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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