Associate Program Officer - Board on Health Sciences Policy
The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (The National Academies). HMD's aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM's work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters.
The Board on Health Sciences Policy oversees and guides a program of activities that is intended to encourage and sustain the continuous vigor of the basic biomedical and clinical research enterprises needed to ensure and improve the health and resilience of the public. In conducting these activities, consideration is given to the ethical, legal, and social contexts of scientific and technologic advances and to the balance between scientific opportunities and public needs.
DRUG COMPOUNDING CONSENSUS STUDY DESCRIPTIONS
1. The National Academies will conduct a study to examine the clinical utility of treating patients with compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) products. Compounded BHRT products, such as progesterone and testosterone, are used at times instead of FDA-approved drug products for hormone replacement therapy. Some compounders market BHRT products as superior to FDA-approved drugs by making assertions that they are more natural or safer or better for patients than FDA-approved drug products. However, compounded BHRT products are not FDA-approved, which means these products have not undergone an FDA assessment of quality, safety, effectiveness and bioavailability (the extent and rate at which the drug enters the body).
2. The National Academies will conduct a study to examine available evidence of the safety and effectiveness of multi-ingredient compounded topical pain creams. These creams typically contain multiple active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Often at least one of the ingredients is also found in an FDA-approved topical pain cream, such as lidocaine. However, the remaining ingredients may be active ingredients in drugs approved by FDA for non-topical administration and for non-pain-related indications. FDA is aware of adverse events, ranging from skin reactions to death, in patients who have applied compounded topical pain creams.
Under general supervision, leads one or more of the organization's programs or projects. Conducts research and prepares research papers and/or summaries. Tracks relevant issues and compiles reports. Coordinates program or project activities, handling inquiries, organizing meetings and workshops, and developing materials. Supervises or assists with the supervision of support staff. Ensures the program or project meets its stated objectives. May assist senior staff in the development of programs/projects, including developing prospectuses and raising funds.
Applies specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Incumbent takes action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility, but receives guidance or expertise from higher-level staff on more complex problems. Incumbent establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of program/project. Typically assist with supervision of staff, but certain positions may have full supervisory responsibilities for assigned staff.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. Leads assigned program(s) or project(s). Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, recruits potential committee/panel nominees. Communicates with and facilitates the flow of information among chair, members, consultants, program or project sponsors, and staff. Prepares reports on program or project activities.
2. Identifies and gathers research materials. Conducts background research. Synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data. Determines relevance of data and prepares background papers and technical summaries. Manages reference checking.
3. Organizes meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.
4. Develops written materials and coordinates/oversees publication of materials. May edit reports, facilitate response to review, and participate in dissemination activities, including identification and engaging of external organizations, preparing dissemination materials, and conducting dissemination meetings.
5. Assists with supervising and mentoring staff. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Serves as a resource to support staff.
6. Performs financial and administrative tasks related to assigned program(s) or project(s). Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files. Authorizes expenditures, tracks spending, monitors budget, and projects future spending plans.
7. Represents the program/project within and outside the National Academies. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.
8. May assist in raising funds for current and future projects by conducting research on topics for new studies, writing proposals, and identifying potential sponsors. Where applicable, participates in managing funder/member/alumni relations.
NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Related duties and special projects as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of issues in applicable discipline. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. 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 and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.
An understanding of FDA regulatory policy, drug safety and efficacy, and/or drug compounding a plus.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.
Minimum Experience: Three years of related professional experience.
Preferred Education and Experience: Advanced degree in a related field.
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 program officer or director. Sets objectives with supervisor and receives input and advice as needed. Assists in the supervision of project/program 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.