Program Officer - Food and Nutrition Board

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National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

$85,040.00 - $116,930.00

Overview: Requisition Number: R0002103<br /> <br /><br />THE BOARD<br /><br />The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has a long history of examining the nation&rsquo;s nutritional well-being and providing sound guidance to policy makers and the public about the application of nutrition and food sciences to improve human health. Established in 1940, the Food and Nutrition Board studies issues of national and global importance on the safety and adequacy of the U.S. food supply; establishes principles and guidelines for good nutrition; and provides authoritative judgment on the relationships among food intake, nutrition, and health maintenance and disease prevention. <br /><br /><br />THE OPPORTUNITY<br /><br />Incumbent will be responsible for managing a review and assessment of the current scientific evidence on the state of the science regarding methodologies for assessing the biological quality of protein in an infant formula and the state of the science regarding methodologies for assessing the ability of an infant formula to support normal growth. <br /><br />Incumbent may also be responsible for developing and managing one or more of the Food and Nutrition Board&rsquo;s activities with minimal oversight by senior staff. Applies in-depth professional level knowledge to independently solve a full range of complex problems. The job's primary focus is leading studies and convening activities. The work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, requiring advanced knowledge. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete.
Responsibilities: <p><strong>PROJECT MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>Supports the work of the Food and Nutrition Board. In collaboration with supervisor, develops program or project strategy, manages budget, supervises staff, and ensures forum meets objectives. Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the board and committee within and outside the National Academies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMMITTEE MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, recruits potential committee nominees and assembles appointment packages. Communicates and coordinates with the committee chair and members. Identifies and gathers research materials. Facilitates the flow of information among committee members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties. Supports committee members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. Serves as staff liaison between committee members and the National Academies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RESEARCH AND WRITING</strong></p> <p>Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Provides assistance in preparing reports, workshop summaries, or other written products. Drafts and edits materials for publication. Assists with the response to review process, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication. Related duties and special projects as assigned.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>STAFF MANAGEMENT</strong></p> <p>Manages staff with minimal oversight by senior staff. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Mentors staff and ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION</strong></p> <p>Where applicable, plans and implements extensive communications activities related to the forum.&nbsp;Creates and maintains materials, web sites, and social media channels to provide interest groups with information generated from and for the forum. Where applicable, creates and implements dissemination plan that may include engaging external organizations, preparing dissemination materials, and conducting dissemination meetings. Assists in managing report production activities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>PROJECT DEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <p>With senior staff oversight, 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. Where applicable, manages funder/member/alumni relations.</p>
Requirements: <p><strong>EDUCATION</strong></p> <p>Master's degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge required. Ph.D. in related field preferred.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES</strong></p> <p>Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management skills. Ability to solve intellectual problems that are varied and complex using originality and ingenuity. Ability to operate using appreciable latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to manage and develop projects. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>EXPERIENCE</strong></p> <p>Three years of related professional experience. Demonstrated basic proficiency in conveying scientific/technical/policy information in verbal and written form. Background in nutrition science as well as maternal/infant nutrition preferred.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COLLABORATION AND TEAM WORK</strong></p> <p>Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies' departments, and external constituents through effective communication.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>COMMUNICATION</strong></p> <p>Excellent&nbsp;communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SUPERVISION</strong></p> <p>Typically reports to senior program officer or director. General direction is provided. Supervises staff with minimal oversight by director/senior program officer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Work Environment:&nbsp;</strong>Hybrid Office/Telecommute environment, expected onsite percentage 40% for the first 3-4 months, after which time you may discuss the possibility of a lower onsite percentage with your supervisor. Occasional travel between National Academies&rsquo; facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Compensation Range:</strong></p> <p>The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine support equity, fairness, and transparency in our compensation programs. An estimated compensation range for this position is $85,040-116,930. Compensation offered to the selected candidate will be based on the candidate&rsquo;s relevant knowledge, skills, and work experience, commensurate with compensation of current employees in comparable positions with similar knowledge, skills, and work experience, and subject to budget parameters. Note it is not typical for a candidate to be hired at the higher end of the range.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The National Academies&rsquo; Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:</strong></p> <p>To promote diversity and inclusion in the sciences, engineering, and medicine, we are committed to increasing the diversity of the National Academies&rsquo; staff, members, and volunteers to reflect the populations we serve. We pledge to cultivate an environment and culture that promotes inclusion and values respectful participation of all individuals who help advance the mission of the institution.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Equal Opportunity Employer:</strong></p> <p>It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of&nbsp; race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.&nbsp; It is also the institution's policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.</p>