Program Officer - NAM Culture of Health Program

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National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001679<br /><br />*Cover Letter Required*<br /><br />About the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)<br /></strong>The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. The NAM serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. The NAM&rsquo;s mission is to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and globally.<br /><br /><strong>About the Program</strong><br />The Culture of Health Program is a multiyear collaborative effort to identify strategies to create and sustain conditions that support equitable good health for everyone in America; with a specific focus on building the evidence to support changes in policies and systems that aid in dismantling structural racism and lead to more equitable health outcomes for populations made vulnerable and marginalized.<br /> <br />The program has four goals that build upon and reinforce each other:<br /> <ul> <li>Lead: Build, inform, and elevate the evidence base, including evidence from the lived experience of health inequity</li> <li>Translate: Communicate the evidence in a timely and culturally informed manner</li> <li>Engage: Integrate actors, working at every level of the government, in communities, and across disciplines, into the mission of the Program.</li> <li>Sustain: Transform culture and create a shared value system to advance health equity</li> </ul> <br /><strong>About the Position</strong><br />The NAM seeks an experienced and highly motivated Program Officer to assist the Program Director in developing and implementing activities to identify strategies to support the systemic and structural changes needed to eliminate health inequities in the United States. The Program Officer will play an integral role in helping the program to strengthen the development, accessibility, and use of the science base to eliminate health inequities; engage multi-sectoral stakeholders around the evidence, informed by perspectives of people with lived experience; accelerate the NAM&rsquo;s organizational capacity to center health equity in its activities, policies, practices, and culture; and identify and use indices, metrics, and results to assess the impact of the Program&rsquo;s work.<br /><br />Reporting to the Director of the Culture of Health Program, responsibilities of the Program Officer may include, but are not limited to:<br /> <ul> <li>Leading activities to better understand how systems impact health outcomes for populations historically and currently made marginalized in the United States;</li> <li>Organizing and facilitating planning meetings with partners to further scope a series of workshops;</li> <li>Developing and managing a process for engagement of lived experience to inform programmatic activities;</li> <li>Assist with and manage internal and external partner relations</li> <li>Monitor new technical information, tools, and trends related to health equity;</li> <li>Develop materials, such as white papers or research summaries</li> </ul> <br />The successful candidate will be passionate about the NAM&rsquo;s vision and commitment to the advancement of health equity; a proactive, forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions; will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of complex situations, with strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills; will have the ability to effectively balance multiple priorities; and will enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment with limited supervision.<strong><br /></strong>
Responsibilities: <p><strong>Essential Job Duties:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Project Development, Management &amp; Administration: Assists in the development of program strategy. Ensures the program meets objectives. Conducts workshops and other meetings including overseeing meeting logistics, developing agendas, inviting and participants. Collaborates with finance staff to oversee budgets. May lead studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowships, etc.</li> <li>Research and Writing Activities:&nbsp; Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Responsible for synthesizing and editing research findings and technical data. Facilitates and coordinates responses to review for the project/program publications. Conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Assists the Director in the writing of prospectuses and proposals for new and continued funding.</li> <li>Communication and Dissemination: Creates and maintains materials, websites, and social media channels. Works with the communications team to plan communication-related activities for the project. Collaborates with the Director, and manages the dissemination activities of the project.&nbsp; Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.</li> <li>Team Management: Manages staff with oversight by the Director. Assigns tasks, provide guidance and feedback, and mentors staff. Participates in the performance review process.</li> <li>Committee Management: Assists in the recruitment of potential committee members to serve on various projects and work groups. Facilitates the flow of information among members, staff, and applicable parties. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>JOB SPECIFICATIONS</strong></p> <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong> Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in health, equity, and related policy. Expertise in topics at the intersection of health equity, community informed research, and the social determinants of health, especially as it pertains to populations and communities made marginalized, a bonus. 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.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong> Master's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong> Three years of related professional experience and demonstrated project management. Demonstrated basic proficiency in conveying scientific/technical/policy information in verbal and written form. Please note that in lieu of a Master's degree, a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of related experience as noted above would satisfy the minimum requirements.</p> <p><strong>Preferred Education and Experience: </strong>Advanced degree (or equivalent knowledge) in a related field.</p> <p><strong>Physical Capabilities: </strong>Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.</p> <p><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:</strong> None.</p> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong> Reports to senior program officer/program director. Sets objectives with supervisor and receives input and advice as needed.</p>