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 Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) focuses the knowledge, analytical tools, and methods of the behavioral and social sciences on some of the nation's most pressing issues in efforts to understand them and to contribute to their solution. Our areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) anthropology, child development, demography, economics, education, history, law, gerontology, linguistics, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics. The Board on Children Youth and Families (BCYF) convenes top experts from across multiple disciplines to analyze the best available evidence on critical issues facing children, youth and families today. BCYF’s ability to evaluate research simultaneously from the perspectives of the biological, behavioral, health, and social sciences allows us to shed light on innovative and influential solutions to inform the nation.
The Program Officer will be responsible for managing highly complex programs or projects and is responsible for developing project strategies and ensuring projects meet their stated objectives. He/she will serve as the liaison between committee members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties and will supervise staff. In collaboration with national experts, the program officer will synthesize and edit research findings and technical data and determine the relevance of data for committee activities. He or she will prepare background papers and technical summaries for use by committee members. The PO will also collaborate with other BBCSS staff and board members to develop new projects. He/she will report directly to the board director.
As the work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, candidates will have the ability to solve complex and novel intellectual problems using originality and ingenuity. They will have strong program/project management skills and proficiency in communicating scientific/technical/policy information to diverse audiences and stakeholders. Previous knowledge or experience with research in basic behavioral science required. They should have excellent written and communication skills.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. Designs and manages program(s) or project(s) of minimal or moderate complexity. In collaboration with supervisor, develops program or project strategy, manages budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.
2. Where applicable and with director/senior program officer oversight, recruits potential committee/panel nominees and assembles appointment packages. Communicates and coordinates with the committee/panel chair and members. Identifies and gathers research materials for the committee. Facilitates the flow of information among committee/panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.
3. Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.
4. Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., reports, proceedings, white papers). 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 activity.
5. Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. For studies, assistance is provided in preparing the draft report, including writing sections of report based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Facilitates the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication.
6. Where applicable, independently plans and implements extensive communications activities related to assigned programs or projects. Creates and maintains materials, web sites, and social media channels to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.
7. Where applicable, manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Assists in managing report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.
8. Manages staff with minimal oversight by Director or Senior Program Officer. 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.
9. Oversees project budget and schedule and authorizes expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.
10. 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.
11. With Director or Senior Program Officer 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.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Advanced knowledge of scientific, technical, or policy issues in a related discipline. Strong program/project management skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. 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. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. 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.