Senior Program Officer - US Science and Innovation Policy

Employer
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Nov 23, 2021
Closes
Nov 26, 2021
Ref
222269510
Function
Program Manager
Hours
Full Time
Job Description Summary:The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks a Senior Program Officer to manage program activities and conduct studies related to the US research and higher education enterprise in the US Science and Innovation Policy theme (Policy) in the Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) Division. PGA mobilizes experts and networks in the United States and around the world to increase the use of evidence to advance local, national, and global policy and capacity. Its work is organized into four themes: * US Science and Innovation Policy (Policy) * International Networks and Cooperation (Networks) * Global Sustainability and Development (Global) * Science and Engineering Capacity Development (Capacity)The US Science and Innovation Policy theme (Policy) aims to strengthen the US research and innovation enterprise to advance national goals. Its goal is to be the premier entity that the government turns to for science and technology policy advice and to be a trusted source of advice for higher education, research institutions, and foundations. Possible areas of investigation within US research and higher education include the relationship of higher education to national and economic security, the financing of research and of higher education, contributions to innovation, research integrity and the responsible conduct of science, international partnerships, the role of minority serving institutions, higher education's mission in both teaching and research, and structural changes in response to COVID-19.OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIESResponsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures the program/project meets its stated objectives. Serves as liaison between committee members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties. Independently supervises staff. Develops prospectuses and projects and negotiates funding with sponsors.Requiring advanced knowledge, incumbent performs work primarily intellectual and/or analytical in character. The job's primary focus is either on leading studies or managing other types of programs. Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, subject only to organizational and departmental policies and rules. Has full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. Provides innovative solutions to complex problems that impact program's or project's success. Typically reports directly to Board Director.Job Description:ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:1. Independently designs and manages multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures stated objectives are met. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.2. Where applicable, assembles committees and guides those committees in the consensus building process. Leads convening activities such as forums or workshops. Communicates and coordinates with the chair and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials. Solicits and contacts potential panel members. Facilitates the flow of information among panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.3. Conducts 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 (eg, reports, proceedings, white papers). Drafts and edits materials for publication. For studies and other applicable programs, synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of study.5. Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. For studies, assistance is provided in preparing draft report, including writing sections of report based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Manages the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication.6. Where applicable, responsible for extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.7. Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Manages report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.8. Independently supervises program or project staff. Ensures staff are appropriately trained and plans for staff development. Mentors staff. Initiates personnel actions. Conducts performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.9. Responsible for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.10. For certain programs managing research or fellowship activities, conducts site visits and ensures current and new facilities meet established criteria. Visits sites where participants are located to evaluate assignment and ensure compliance.11. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.12. Maintains ongoing relationships with major sponsors and develops new program areas. Conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Identifies potential sponsors. Raises funds for current and future projects. Negotiates funding with sponsors. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIESRelated duties and special projects as assigned.JOB SPECIFICATIONSRequired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Advanced knowledge of the scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management and facilitation skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to train and develop staff. 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: Six years of related professional experience, two of which were in a supervisory capacity. Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of National Academies' activities or equivalent outside activities. Demonstrated high level of proficiency in conveying scientific, technical, and/or 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 board/program/division director. General direction is provided. Independently supervises 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.The National Academies' Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:To promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences, engineering, and medicine, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the National Academies' staff, members, and volunteers to reflect the populations we serve. We pledge to cultivate an environment and culture that promotes inclusion and values respectful participation of all individuals who help advance the mission of the institution.Equal Opportunity Employer:It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. It is also the institution's policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of ColumbiaPDN-94aab265-8420-484a-be13-25a808af7afd

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