Associate Program Officer - NAM Climate Grand Challenge

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National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

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Full time

$68,160 - $93,715

Overview: Requisition Number: R0002193<br /> <br /><br />About the National Academy of Medicine<br /><br />The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), established in 1970 under the name Institute of Medicine (IOM), is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. The NAM serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as adviser to the nation and the international community. The NAM&rsquo;s mission is to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and globally.<br /><br /><br />About the NAM Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity (&ldquo;Climate Grand Challenge&rdquo;)<br /><br />The Climate Grand Challenge is a multi-year strategic initiative to improve and protect human health, well-being, and equity by working to transform systems that both contribute to and are impacted by climate change. The Climate Grand Challenge has five strategic objectives: 1) Catalyze the health sector to reduce its climate footprint and ensure its resilience; 2) Develop a roadmap report for systems transformation; 3) Accelerate research and innovation at the intersection of climate, health and equity; 4) Communicate the climate crisis as a public health and equity crisis, and 5) Reduce climate-related health-inequities. Across these objectives, the initiative has multiple programs and projects, some of which are underway and others are to be launched. <br /><br /><br />About the Position<br /><br />The NAM seeks a highly motivated and skilled Associate Program Officer (APO) to initially support the execution and management of the Climate Grand Challenge and its core programs. In particular, under the guidance of senior staff, the APO will primarily dedicate their time to supporting and advancing the activities of the NAM Action Collaborative on Decarbonizing the U.S. Health Sector. Additionally, the APO will be expected to help facilitate the work of the larger Climate Grand Challenge, including supporting the Steering Committee and staff who are responsible for the work of the challenge. <br /><br />The APO will be expected to take action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility but will receive guidance or expertise from higher-level staff on more complex problems. The APO will establish processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of assignments and will have the ability to apply specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. <br /><br />The successful candidate will be a proactive, forward-looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions; will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of complex situations, with strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills; will have the ability to effectively balance multiple priorities; and will enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is results- and mission-driven. Importantly, the APO will need to be introspective and thoughtful, with the ability to communicate when tasks are unclear or require additional assistance.
Responsibilities: <ul> <li><strong>Project Management &amp; Administration</strong>: Under the supervision of senior staff, assists with the management of assigned program(s) or project(s). Helps to organize meetings and/or workshops, including developing agendas, inviting presenters and participants, preparing briefing materials and writing summaries. May oversee meeting logistics and coordination, as required. Where applicable and with senior staff oversight, recruits potential committee, working group, and accelerator group nominees, and supports coordination and communication with expert volunteer participants. Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files relevant to the project or program.</li> <li><strong>Advanced Research &amp; Writing Activities</strong>: As required, identify and gather research materials, and conduct background research relevant to assigned project(s) or program(s). Synthesizes research findings and technical data, determines the relevance of data, and prepares background papers and technical summaries. Helps facilitate external review of publications, and edits reports or publications. Responsible for collaboratively drafting talking points and creating presentations for senior staff.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Communication, Dissemination, and Information Management</strong>: In collaboration with communications staff, supports the development of written dissemination materials and derivative products, and helps coordinate public release activities. Participates in communication and dissemination activities, including helping identify and engage external organizations, preparing dissemination materials, and conducting dissemination meetings or events.</li> <li><strong>Sponsor Stewardship &amp; Program Development</strong>: May assist in raising funds for current and future projects by conducting research on topics for new projects, writing proposals, and identifying potential sponsors. Where applicable, participates in managing funder/member relations.</li> </ul> <br />
Requirements: <p><strong>Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:</strong> Keen interest or expertise in topics at the intersection of climate change, human health, and equity, desired. Knowledge of technical and policy issues in health, medicine, environmental, and/or biomedical sciences. 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.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Education/Training Requirements:</strong> Bachelor&rsquo;s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.</p> <p><strong>Minimum Experience:</strong> Three years of related professional experience.</p> <p><strong>Preferred Education and Experience: </strong>Advanced degree in a related field (or equivalent experience).<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Physical Capabilities: </strong>Ability to work at a computer for extended periods. Ability to travel.</p> <p><strong>Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:</strong> None.</p> <p><strong>Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls:</strong> Reports to program director. Sets objectives with supervisor and receives input and advice as needed. Assists in the supervision of project/program staff.</p> <p><strong>Work Environment: </strong>Hybrid Office/Telecommute environment, expected onsite percentage 40% (Wednesday and Thursday), for at least the first several months, after which time you can discuss your onsite schedule with your supervisor. Occasional travel between National Academies&rsquo; facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.</p> <p><strong>Compensation Range: </strong>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 $68,160 - $93,715. 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.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The National Academies&rsquo; Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:</strong></p> <p>We, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies), value diversity among our staff, members, volunteers, partners, vendors, and audiences. We recognize that talent is broadly distributed in society and that many perspectives enhance the quality of our work and drive innovation and impact.</p> <p>We pledge to cultivate a workplace culture and climate that promotes inclusion, belonging, accessibility, and anti-racism; upholds equity; and values the participation of all who are engaged in advancing our mission. By embracing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our programs, institutional policies and practices, and products, we will be able to better advise the nation on the most complex issues facing society and the world.&nbsp;&nbsp;</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>