Associate Program Officer - Review of Cannabis Policy Landscape

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.:&nbsp;R0001831</strong><br /><br /><strong>THE BOARD</strong><br />The Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice (BPH), within the Health and Medicine Division, focuses on areas and issues affecting the public&rsquo;s health. In studies ranging from core principles and needs in the field to specific issues such as vaccine safety, pandemic preparedness issues, smoking cessation, health disparities, and reducing environmental and occupational hazards, BPH considers the best ways to ensure the health of the public. In order to improve the health of groups, communities, and populations, the Board explores topics such as cardiovascular and infectious disease prevention and control interventions and the capacity of federal, state, and local agencies to protect the health of the public.<br /><br /><strong>THE OPPORTUNITY</strong><br />The incumbent will be responsible for working with the senior study director to develop and manage the work of the Committee to Review of Public Health Consequences of Changes in the Cannabis Landscape. The Associate Program Officer performs a variety of programmatic, project management, and research tasks to support the Board. Provides research and project management support for the planning, implementation, follow-up, and dissemination activities of assigned projects. May assist senior staff in the development of programs/projects, including developing prospectuses and raising funds.
Responsibilities: <p><strong>PROJECT MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>Under general supervision of the study director, leads one or more of the study or project tasks to ensure stated objectives are met. Coordinates program or project activities, handles inquiries, organizes hybrid meetings and workshops, and develops materials. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. May perform financial and administrative tasks related to assigned programs or projects. Represents the program/project within and outside the National Academies.</p> <p><strong>COMMITTEE MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, recruits potential committee/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><strong>RESEARCH AND WRITING</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. Develops written materials and coordinates/oversees the publication of materials. May edit reports, facilitate response to review, and participate in dissemination activities, including identification and engaging external organizations, preparing dissemination materials, and conducting dissemination meetings. Related duties and specific projects as assigned.</p> <p><strong>STAFF MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>May assist with supervising and mentoring staff. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Serves as a resource to staff.</p> <p><strong>PROJECT DEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <p>May assist senior staff in the development of programs/projects. May assist in raising funds for current and future projects by conducting research on topics for new studies, developing prospectuses and writing proposals, and identifying potential sponsors. Where applicable, participates in managing funder/member/alumni relations.</p>
Requirements: <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <p>Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge. Advanced degree in related field preferred.</p> <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities</strong></p> <p>Knowledge of policy analysis, epidemiology, biostatistics, and mental health and substance abuse issues. Ability to solve varied and complex problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.</p> <p><strong>EXPERIENCE</strong></p> <p>Three years of related professional experience. Relevant experience in health policy analysis, epidemiological research studies, and work related to substance use issues is preferred.</p> <p><strong>COLLABORATION AND TEAM WORK</strong></p> <p>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.</p>