Associate Program Officer - Board on Higher Education and Workforce

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National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No.: R0001898</strong><br /><br />The Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (SEM) seek an Associate Program Officer to help lead program activities, coordinate roundtable programs and events, and facilitate studies related to higher education and the U.S. science, engineering, and medical workforce.<br /><br />BHEW provides the academic community, policymakers, and businesses with insights and recommendations through consensus studies, workshops, and other high profile events and projects. With its work grounded firmly in data and policy analysis, BHEW tackles topics within higher education and the U.S. science, engineering, and medical workforce including the role and support of minority serving institutions; diversity, inclusion, and equity in science, engineering, and medical professions; and institutional and structural change in higher education and scientific research.<br /><br />Established in 2019, the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in SEM convenes a broad array of stakeholders to focus on the barriers and opportunities encountered by Black students and professionals as they navigate the pathways from K-12 and postsecondary education to careers in SEM. Through meetings, public workshops, and publications, the Roundtable advances discussions that highlight promising practices for increasing the representation, retention, and inclusiveness of Black men and Black Women in SEM.<br /><br />The Roundtable and BHEW sit within the U.S. Science and Innovation Policy (Policy) theme of the Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGA). The Policy theme aims to strengthen the U.S. research and innovation enterprise to advance national goals by providing independent science and technology policy advice to the government and by being a trusted source of advice for higher education, research institutions, and foundations. PGA mobilizes experts and networks in the United States and around the world to increase the use of evidence to advance local, national, and global policy and capacity.<br /><br />ABOUT THE POSITION<br />Under general supervision, leads one or more of the organization&rsquo;s programs or projects. Conducts research and prepares research papers and/or summaries. Tracks relevant issues and compiles reports. Coordinates program or project activities, handling inquiries, organizing meetings and workshops, and developing materials. Assists with the supervision of support staff. Ensures the program or project meets its stated objectives. May assist senior staff in the development of programs/projects, including developing prospectuses and raising funds.<br /><br />Applies specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Incumbent takes action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility, but receives guidance or expertise from higher-level staff on more complex problems. Incumbent establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of program/project.
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Leads assigned program(s) or project(s). 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.</li> <li>Identifies and gathers research materials. Conducts background research. Synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data. Determines relevance of data and prepares background papers and technical summaries. Manages reference checking.</li> <li>Organizes meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.</li> <li>Develops written materials and coordinates/oversees publication of materials. May edit reports, facilitate response to review, and participate in dissemination activities, including identification and engaging of external organizations, preparing dissemination materials, and conducting dissemination meetings.</li> <li>Assists with supervising and mentoring staff. Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Serves as a resource to support staff.</li> <li>Performs financial and administrative tasks related to assigned program(s) or project(s). Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files. Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, authorizes expenditures, tracks spending, monitors budget, and projects future spending plans.</li> <li>Represents the program/project within and outside the National Academies. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES</strong><br />Related duties and special projects as assigned.
Requirements: <div> <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong>&nbsp;Knowledge of issues in applicable discipline, especially science or engineering. 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 effectively interact with all levels of employees. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong> &nbsp;Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong> &nbsp;Three years of related professional experience.</p> </div> <p><strong>Preferred Education and Experience: </strong>&nbsp;Advanced degree in a related field.</p> <p><strong>Physical Capabilities:</strong> &nbsp;Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Sets objectives with supervisor and receives input and advice as needed.&nbsp; Assists in the supervision of project/program staff.</p>