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Senior Program Officer - Board on Research Data and Information

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Policy & Global Affairs Div
Job Req #: 160252-4
Basic Requirements: Master’s degree in a related field, or equivalent knowledge, and 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. Demonstrated high level of proficiency in conveying scientific, technical, and/or policy information in verbal and written form.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Data Science, Computer Sciences, or scientific field

Description

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (“the National Academies”) are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Our work helps shape sound policies, inform public opinion, and advance the pursuit of science, engineering, and medicine.  The Academies  bring together leaders from academia, industry, government and other sectors to provide cogent, unbiased advice to the government and citizens of the United States.

 

The mission of Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) is to help improve public policy, understanding, and education in matters of science, technology, and health with regard to national strategies and resources, global affairs, workforce and the economy. The division is particularly charged to identify and build synergy among the disciplines and issue areas, and to promote interaction among science, engineering, medicine and public policy. The division includes a range of standing committees and boards concerned with the vitality of the research enterprise in the US and abroad. In that connection, the units of the division focus particularly on the interaction of key institutions central to science and technology policy, on the standing of US research around the world and cooperation with Science & Engineering bodies in other countries, on the mission and organization of federal research activities, and on the sources of future manpower and funding for research.

 

PGA/ Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) considers the policy, research, and infrastructure developments required to further data intensive science, engineering, and medicine. BRDI does this through addressing emerging issues in the management, policy, and use of research data and information at the national and international levels; overseeing committees that provide independent advice, review of programs, and assessment of priorities on research data and information activities; encouraging and facilitating collaboration on these issues across disciplines, sectors, and nations; monitoring, assessing, and contributing to the development of U.S. government and research community positions on relevant programs and policies; and broadly disseminating and communicating the results of its activities.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The Senior Program Officer is responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures the program/project meets its stated objectives. Serves as liaison between committee members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties. Independently supervises staff. Develops prospectuses and projects and negotiates funding with sponsors.

 

Requiring advanced knowledge, incumbent performs work primarily intellectual and/or analytical in character. The job’s primary focus is either on leading studies or managing other types of programs. 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. Has full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. Provides innovative solutions to complex problems that impact program's or project’s success. Typically reports directly to Board Director.


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