Program Officer - International Networks and Cooperation

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001577</strong><br /><br />The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seek a Program Officer to support the Committee on International Security and Arms Control (CISAC) in the International Networks and Cooperation (IN&amp;C) theme and other relevant activities across the National Academies. The Program Officer will manage multiple projects, working with CISAC members and other appointed experts to reduce the dangers of a world with nuclear weapons and address the strategic impacts of emerging and changing technologies. CISAC&rsquo;s leading scholars in science, technology, and medicine, policy experts, and retired military leaders engage influential counterparts through formal security dialogues in Russia, China, and India, and through domestically focused security studies and other international projects. Recent and upcoming studies address nuclear forensics, monitoring of nuclear weapons and fissile material, environmental effects of nuclear war, and preventing, countering, and responding to WMD terrorism. This position requires an active security clearance or the ability to obtain one (see Required Licenses, Certification or Registration).<br /><br />With limited oversight by Director or a Senior Program Officer, the Program Officer will develop program or project strategy and budget, direct project staff, and ensure that projects meet objectives. The Program Officer will assemble committees/panels and serve as staff liaison between committee/panel members and the National Academies. They will develop prospectuses and raise funds for new projects. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. The Academies have a hybrid work environment, allowing part-time remote work, as duties permit.<br /><br />The IN&amp;C theme and the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the Academies build relationships around common purposes, promoting science, engineering, health, safety, security, and prosperity. Staff in this theme identify and engage experts to help advise the nation and the world, convene under auspices of knowledge and reason, and partner with other organizations to develop solutions to major problems.
Responsibilities: <strong>ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:</strong><br /> <ul> <li>Designs and manages program(s) or project(s) of minimal or moderate complexity. In collaboration with supervisor, develops program or project strategy, manages budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.</li> <li>Where applicable and with director/senior program officer oversight, recruits potential committee/panel nominees and assembles appointment packages. Communicates and coordinates with the committee/panel chair and members. Identifies and gathers research materials for the committee. Facilitates the flow of information among committee/panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.</li> <li>Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.</li> <li>Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., 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 activity.</li> <li>Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. For studies, assistance is provided in preparing the draft report, including writing sections of report based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Facilitates the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication.</li> <li>Where applicable, independently plans and implements extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. Creates and maintains materials, web sites, and social media channels to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.</li> <li>Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Assists in managing report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.</li> <li>Manages staff with minimal oversight by Director or 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.</li> <li>Oversees project budget and schedule and authorizes expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.</li> <li>Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, laboratories, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.</li> <li>With Director or Senior Program Officer oversight, 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. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.</li> </ul> <strong>NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong><br />Related duties and special projects as assigned.
Requirements: <strong>Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities</strong><br />Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in nuclear weapons, science, and technology, international security, arms control. Strong program/project management skills. Strong oral and written communication 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&rsquo; departments, and external constituents through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents.<br /><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements: </strong>Master&rsquo;s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.<br /><strong>Minimum Experience: </strong>Three years of related professional experience. Demonstrated proficiency in conveying scientific/technical/policy information in verbal and written form.<br /><strong>Preferred Education: </strong>Ph.D. in related field preferred.<br /><strong>Physical Capabilities:</strong> Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.<br /><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: </strong>An active Q clearance or TS/CNWDI, or be willing and able to obtain one.<br /><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong> Typically reports to senior program officer or director. General direction is provided. Supervises project/program staff with minimal oversight by director/senior program officer.