Part Time Associate Program Officer - Space Studies Board

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Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001703</strong><br /><br />The mission of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering, and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.<br /><br />DEPS seeks to assess the role of science and technology in important public policy issues and to advance science and engineering, identifying needed research as well and improvements in data and research methods. In these ways, it fosters better science and technology and their use to support decisions on public policies and programs.<br /><br />DEPS&rsquo; work is organized around four broad areas:<br />&bull;Unique government missions in defense, space, and aerospace<br />&bull;National infrastructure challenges such as energy and environmental systems, information and telecommunications, manufacturing and engineering design, civil engineering, and the constructed environment<br />&bull;Science and engineering disciplines such as physics, astronomy, computer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, and the mathematical sciences and their applications.<br />&bull;Continuing assessments of federal government laboratories and research programs<br />****<br />The Space Studies Board (SSB) was established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The SSB provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the Academies for activities on space research. It oversees advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public. The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).<br />*******<br />Under general supervision, the Associate Program Officer for the Space Studies Board leads one or more programs or projects They conduct research and prepare research papers and summaries. Track relevant issues and compiles reports. Coordinate program or project activities, handle inquiries, organize meetings and workshops, and develop materials. Assist with the work direction of administrative staff. Ensure the program or project meets its stated objectives. May assist senior staff developing programs/projects, including developing prospectuses.<br />Additionally, they apply specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. The incumbent takes action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility, but receives guidance or expertise from the Board Director or higher-level staff on more complex problems. Incumbent uses processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of program/project. Typically assist with work direction of staff, but certain positions may have full supervisory responsibilities for assigned staff.
Responsibilities: <p><u><strong>ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:</strong></u><br /><strong>Project Administration:</strong></p> <p>Leads assigned program(s) or project(s). Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, recruits potential committee and panel nominees. Communicates with and facilitates the flow of information among chair, members, consultants, program or project sponsors, and staff. Prepares reports on program or project activities.</p> <p>Organizes meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries. Meetings may be in person, virtual, or hybrid.</p> <p>Performs administrative tasks related to assigned program(s) or project(s). Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files.</p> <p><strong>Basic Research:</strong></p> <p>Identifies and gathers research materials. Conducts background research. Synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data. Determines the relevance of data and prepares background papers and technical summaries. Manages reference checking.</p> <p><strong>Communication, Dissemination, and Information Management:</strong></p> <p>Develops written materials and coordinates/oversees the publication of materials. Edits reports, facilitates response to review, and participates in dissemination activities, including identification and engaging of external organizations, prepares dissemination materials, and conducts dissemination meetings by assisting the Board Director.</p> <p>Represents the program/project within and outside the National Academies. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.</p> <p><strong>Staff Development</strong><strong>:</strong></p> <p>Ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Serves as a resource to support staff.</p> <p><strong>Sponsor Stewardship and Program Development:</strong></p> <p>May assist in raising funds for current and future projects by conducting research on topics for new studies, writing proposals, and identifying potential sponsors. Where applicable, participates in managing funder/member/alumni relations.<br />&nbsp;</p> <p><u>NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</u></p> <ul> <li>Related duties and special projects as assigned.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong>&nbsp;Knowledge of issues in applicable discipline. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to work successfully in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies&rsquo; departments through effective communication. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees. Ability to use standard IT programs, including project management tools.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong>&nbsp;Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong>&nbsp;Three years of related professional experience.</p> <p><strong>Preferred Education and Experience:&nbsp;</strong>Ph.D. postdoc with 1-year experience post-degree.&nbsp; Degree in the physical sciences or space sciences, including planetary science, Heliophysics, astrophysics, Earth sciences, and microgravity in space. The preferred candidate will have a desire to investigate areas where the federal agencies need external advice.</p> <p><strong>Physical Capabilities:&nbsp;</strong>Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.</p> <p><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:</strong>&nbsp;None.</p> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong>&nbsp;Reports to program officer or director. Sets objectives with supervisor and receives input and advice as needed. Assists in the supervision of project/program staff.</p>