The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine work together as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.
The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (The National Academies). HMD’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. HMD previously was the Institute of Medicine (IOM) program unit of the National Academies. On March 15, 2016, the division was renamed HMD, building on the heritage of the IOM’s work in medicine while emphasizing its increased focus on a wider range of health matters.
The Health and Medicine Division's Board on Health Sciences Policy (HSP) oversees and guides a program of activities that is intended to encourage and sustain the continuous vigor of the basic biomedical and clinical research enterprises needed to ensure and improve the health and resilience of the public. In conducting these activities, consideration is given to the ethical, legal, and social contexts of scientific and technological advances and to the balance between scientific opportunities and public needs.
HSP is seeking an Associate Program Officer to join a study team focused on public health emergency preparedness and response. This is an excellent opportunity to work at one of the Nation’s premier science institutions, known for its independence, integrity, and objectivity, and to work on a study charged with conducting a comprehensive review and evidence grading of public health emergency preparedness and response practices.
Under general supervision, the Associate Program Officer for this study will be responsible for multiple activities such as: conducting literature reviews and assessing and summarizing the quality of the body of evidence; preparing and developing research papers and/or summaries; managing references and bibliographies using reference management software such as EndNote; tracking issues relevant to the study; coordinating and managing study-related activities, handling inquiries, organizing meetings and workshops, and developing materials; providing innovative solutions to complex problems; supervising or assisting with the supervision of support staff; and ensuring the study meets its stated objectives.
The Associate Program Officer should apply specific professional-level knowledge to solve problems requiring the identification and analysis of moderately complex variables. Incumbent should take action to solve routine problems in areas of assigned responsibility, but receives guidance or expertise from higher-level staff on more complex problems. Incumbent should establish processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the study. The Associate Program Officer typically assists with supervision of staff, but certain positions may have full supervisory responsibilities for assigned staff.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Organizes meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.
4. 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.
5. Assists with supervising and mentoring staff. Assigns tasks and provides guidance and feedback to staff. Ensures required training is accomplished and participates in performance reviews. Serves as a resource to support staff.
6. Performs financial and administrative tasks related to assigned program(s) or project(s). Creates, maintains, and updates records, databases, and files. Authorizes expenditures, tracks spending, monitors budget, and projects future spending plans.
7. Represents the program/project within and outside the National Academies. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations.
8. 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.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of issues in applicable discipline. 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’ departments through effective communication. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.