Program Director – InterAcademy Partnership Secretariat

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National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001647</strong><br /><br />The Program Director (PD) will be a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) employee whose primary responsibilities are to serve as the staff lead of the US Secretariat of the InterAcademy Partnership-Policy (IAP) and as the chief liaison between NASEM and IAP activities. IAP is the association of more than 140 national, regional and global member academies working together to support the vital role of science in seeking evidence-based solutions to the world&rsquo;s most challenging problems. In this role, the PD will ensure the smooth operation of the U.S. secretariat in concert with the other secretariat of IAP in Trieste. The PD will also work with colleagues across NASEM to enable IAP to internationalize work begun at NASEM, and to enrich NASEM programs with the knowledge and expertise of IAP. <br /><br />The PD supports and oversees staff for specific projects undertaken by IAP or in NASEM, in addition to the complex set of IAP secretariat responsibilities and interactions. IAP is a relatively young and growing organization. The PD will play a key role in its continued growth with a portfolio of projects, ensuring the secretariat&rsquo;s managerial and financial health, hiring and supervising staff, and especially ensuring excellence in IAP&rsquo;s substantive work.<br /><br /> IAP's activities align with its three primary strategic goals of capacity building for academies, providing high quality scientific advice, and promoting science education and outreach. Activities developed and run by the U.S. secretariat cover a broad range of issues; past and ongoing IAP activities address integrity, norms, and practices in the scientific enterprise, itself, improving input to global policymaking, regional perspectives and approaches to pursuing the sustainable development goals, decarbonization of transportation in Africa, and a variety of other topics. These activities are typically conducted by the secretariat or by one of the IAP regional networks with support from the secretariat. The PD oversees the assembling of committees to implement projects and provides guidance throughout the projects. Both the core secretariat function and the program activities require diplomatic skill, scientific understanding, and good judgment in dealing with high-level experts and officials in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and across the world.<br /><br />Within NASEM, the PD will seek opportunities to strengthen connections between NASEM activities and IAP, as well as liaise between the two organizations. This includes working with the NASEM International Secretaries and at times the NASEM Presidents, as well as with units across NASEM. Working with the senior international staff of NASEM, the PD will help craft vision, strategy, implementation, and communication of the international programs, including goals for the NASEM secretariat function and the other programs in the International Networks and Cooperation Theme in NASEM&rsquo;s Policy and Global Affairs Division.<br /><br />***PLEASE NOTE A COVER LETTER IS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION***
Responsibilities: <p><strong>ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:</strong></p> <p><strong>Program Management</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>The PD will lead the activities of the US Secretariat of the IAP-Policy and coordinate the work of the IAP-Policy and its boards and committees, including tasks related to board and committee formation, overseeing organization of physical and virtual meetings, coordinating the interaction between IAP and NASEM, overseeing preparation, review, and dissemination of reports and other products, independently developing high-impact programs/projects, coordinating with prospective sponsors and other external contacts, and preserving IAP-Policy programmatic records.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Leadership</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Provides leadership and mentors employees. Trains and develops employees to successfully perform current responsibilities and encourages the development of staff for future roles. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies. Initiates personnel actions, including performance and compensation reviews and disciplinary actions.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Communication</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Maintains communication and productive working relationships with program volunteers. In consultation with the IAP governing board, develops and maintains a balanced, high-quality portfolio of projects/programs. Conducts speaking engagements, handles press calls, and represents the secretariat at internal and external meetings.&nbsp; Manages website development for IAP-Policy and other communication tasks.&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Planning</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Participates in and implements programmatic planning.</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Oversee</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Oversees the management of projects, assembles or oversees the assembling of committees and study panels and provides oversight and guidance to the conduct of their work. Oversees financial management of the unit, outreach efforts, including dissemination, and the report process during writing, report review, and release, if applicable.</p> </li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NONESEENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Related duties and special projects as assigned.</p> </li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:&nbsp;</strong>Knowledge of and experience working in international science or medicine and addressing major policy issues in science and informed by science. Success at raising funding from private foundations and federal sources. Strong project management skills. Strong personnel management skills, including both supervisory experience and the ability to manage up. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to interact effectively domestically and internationally with all levels of staff and constituents, and to engage diverse communities, high-level decision makers and policy makers. Take a collegial approach to their work, including collaboration across the institution and encourage creativity in staff at all levels. Ability to see and understand diverse perspectives and experiences outside of the United States. Ability to factor equity and other social values into socio-technical problems. Ability to solve varied and complex problems in the content and the conduct of work.</p> <p><strong>Preferred:</strong> Demonstrated scientific accomplishment, speak languages useful in the IAP networks, and contribute to larger institutional goals.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;Ph.D. in a related field or equivalent knowledge.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong>&nbsp;Ten years of related professional experience, five of which were in a supervisory capacity. Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of National Academies&rsquo; activities or equivalent outside activities and through effective dissemination of these activities.</p>