Program Officer - Board on Health Sciences Policy

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Washington D.C.
Jan 09, 2019
Jan 26, 2019
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
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.

The Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation (the Forum) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) was created in 2005 by the National Academies Board on Health Sciences Policy. The Forum provides a unique platform for dialogue and collaboration among thought leaders and stakeholders in government, academia, industry, foundations, and disease and patient advocacy with an interest in improving the system of drug discovery, development, and translation, educating the policy community about issues where biomedical science and policy intersect.

Members of the Forum convene several times each year to identify, discuss, and act on key problems and strategies in the discovery, development, and translation of drugs. To supplement the perspectives and expertise of its members, the Forum holds public workshops to focus substantial public attention on critical areas of drug discovery and development. Proceedings of these meetings are disseminated to the public. In addition, the Forum commissions or fosters the development of papers to explore scientific and policy issues on selected topics. The Forum also fosters collaborations among its members and constituencies.

Responsible for developing and managing one or more Forum activities with minimal oversight by Forum Director/Senior Program Officer. Develops Forum activities, supervises staff as needed, and ensures project meets objectives. Assembles workshop planning committees, speaker panels, and working groups; serves as staff liaison between workshop planning committee/panel/Forum members, other external stakeholders and the National Academies. As needed, helps develop prospectuses and raise funds for new Forum activities or other projects.

Incumbent applies in-depth professional level knowledge to independently solve a full range of complex problems. The job's primary focus will be convening workshops and managing Forum activities (e.g., action collaboratives, white paper development). The work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, requiring advanced knowledge. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent has authority to take action deemed advisable or necessary, and may be responsible for oversight or management of other staff. Reports to the Forum Director/Senior Program Officer.

The work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, requiring advanced knowledge. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, and is often responsible for oversight or management of other staff. Typically reports to Senior Program Officer or Director.
Job Description:


1. Designs and manages program(s) or project(s) of minimal or moderate complexity. In collaboration with Forum Director/Senior Program Officer, develops Forum activities, supervises staff, and ensures project meets objectives. Activities include planning and convening Forum workshops, supporting action collaboratives, and white paper development.

2. Where applicable and with Forum Director/Senior Program Officer oversight, recruits potential workshop planning committee/panel nominees and assembles appointment packages. Communicates and coordinates with planning committee chair(s) and members, panel speakers, and workshop/meeting participants. Identifies and gathers background materials for workshop planning committee, panel speakers, workshop/meeting participants, and Forum members. Facilitates the flow of information among planning committee/panel members, Forum members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.

3. Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.

4. Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., workshop proceedings, white papers, landscape analyses). Synthesizes and edits written materials and technical data and determines the relevance of information for purposes of activity. Drafts and edits materials for publication. Provides assistance in preparing draft documents, including writing sections based on expert input, and review and editing written materials for format, consistency, and grammar. Facilitates the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares final manuscripts for publication.

5. Supports Forum members, workshop planning committee members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of Forum work (e.g. writing, research, activities development, staff support).

6. Where applicable, independently plans and implements communications activities related to assigned activities. Creates and maintains materials, websites, and social media channels to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.

7. Where applicable, manages dissemination of written materials and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Assists in managing workshop proceedings production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials as needed.

8. Where applicable, manages staff with minimal oversight by Forum Director/Senior Program Officer. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Mentors staff and ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.

9. Where applicable, helps oversee contract deliverables and collaborate with financial staff to ensure compliance.

10. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, research institutions, and other organizations. Manages Forum member/stakeholder relations. Represents the National Academies at Forum events and external stakeholder meetings/conferences.

11. With Forum Director/Senior Program Officer oversight, conducts background research on topics for new activities. Where applicable, writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding.


Related duties and special projects as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to manage and develop projects. 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, 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.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.

Minimum Experience: Three years of related professional experience. Demonstrated basic proficiency in conveying scientific/technical/policy information in verbal and written form.

Preferred Education: Ph.D. in related field preferred.

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: Typically reports to senior program officer or director. General direction is provided. Supervises project/program staff with minimal oversight by director/senior program officer.

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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