Senior Program Officer - Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable

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Full time

Overview: <strong>Req. No. R0001955</strong><br /><br />The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks a Senior Program Officer to manage program activities, manage and coordinate roundtable programs and events, and prepare written proceedings in brief related to U.S. science policy for the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). GUIRR is positioned within the U.S. Science and Innovation Policy theme of the Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) Division. Among their responsibilities, the Senior Program Officer will serve as the lead for workshop programming and development, as well as membership management for GUIRR.<br /><br />GUIRR is charged with improving the research enterprise of the United States by successfully resolving the cross-sectoral issues that prevent the U.S. research enterprise from reaching its full potential. This mission is achieved by convening senior-most representatives from government, universities, and industry to frame the critical issues, followed &ndash; when appropriate &ndash; by the execution of activities designed to address specific cross-sectoral impediments to achieving a healthy, vibrant research enterprise. GUIRR provides a unique forum for dialogue among top government, university and industry leaders of the national science and technology enterprise.<br /><br />The mission of GUIRR is to convene senior-most representatives from government, universities, and industry to define and explore critical issues related to the national and global science and technology agenda that are of shared interest; to frame the next critical question stemming from current debate and analysis; and to incubate activities of on-going value to the stakeholders. This forum is designed to facilitate candid dialogue among participants, to foster self-implementing activities, and, where appropriate, to carry awareness of consequences to the wider public.<br /><br /><strong>OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES</strong><br />Responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects including convening activities, internal and external outreach, member management and other events. Develops program or project strategy and budget and ensures the program/project meets its stated objectives. Serves as liaison between roundtable members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties. Independently supervises staff. Develops prospectuses and projects and negotiates funding with sponsors. Initial responsibilities will be primarily related to the management and execution of GUIRR workshops and webinars.<br /><br />In addition to management and administration of complex programs and projects, the role requires advanced knowledge of intellectual and/or analytical nature. The job's primary focus is either on leading roundtable activities and studies or managing other types of programs. <br /><br />Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, subject only to organizational and departmental policies and rules. Provides innovative solutions to complex problems that impact program's or project's success. Typically reports directly to Board Director.<br /><br /><br />R0001955
Responsibilities: <ul> <li>Independently design and manage multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures stated objectives are met. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities include leading roundtables, leading project management, member engagement and management, research and program development, and staff management.</li> <li>Where applicable, assembles committees and guides those committees in the consensus building process. Leads convening activities such as roundtables or workshops. Communicates and coordinates with the co-chairs, GUIRR director, and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials. Solicits and contacts potential panel members. Facilitates the flow of information among panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.</li> <li>Conducts workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.</li> <li>Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products. Drafts and edits materials for publication. For studies and other applicable programs, synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of study.</li> <li>Supports roundtable members, NASEM staff, and workshop participants in all aspects of work. Assistance is provided in preparing draft reports, including writing sections of reports based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar.</li> <li>Where applicable, responsible for extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects.&nbsp; Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.</li> <li>Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposals. Manages report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.</li> <li>Independently supervises program or project staff. Ensures staff are appropriately trained and plans for staff development. Mentors staff. Initiates personnel actions. Conducts performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.</li> <li>Responsible for financial management of assigned programs or projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.</li> <li>Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.</li> <li>Maintains ongoing relationships with major sponsors and develops new program areas. Conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Identifies potential sponsors. Raises funds for current and future projects. Negotiates funding with sponsors. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.</li> </ul>
Requirements: <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong> Advanced knowledge of the U.S. science and technology (S&amp;T) policy landscape and issues involving research and development, innovation, and competitiveness. &nbsp;Additional familiarity with the U.S. scientific enterprise in the global environment and international S&amp;T interactions is desirable.&nbsp; Strong program/project management and facilitation skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to train and develop staff. 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> Six years of related professional experience, two of which were in a supervisory capacity. Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of National Academies' activities or equivalent outside activities. Experience within federal agencies involved in science policy, research, or national security, especially those located in the Washington, DC, region, is highly desirable.&nbsp; Demonstrated high level of proficiency in conveying scientific, technical, and/or policy information in verbal and written form.<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Preferred Education:</strong> Ph.D. preferred but not required.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Physical Capabilities:</strong> Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel regionally.</p> <p><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:</strong> None.</p> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong> Typically reports to board/program/division director. General direction is provided. Independently supervises project/program staff.</p> <p><strong>Work Environment:&nbsp;</strong>Hybrid Office/Telecommute environment, expected onsite percentage 40%, with occasional travel between National Academies&rsquo; facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.</p>