Senior Board / Program Director – Policy and Global Affairs
Job Description Summary:
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks a Director to develop and manage the portfolio of activities in the Policy and Global Affairs (PGA) Division related to Workforce and Training in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (SEM).
PGA mobilizes experts and networks in the United States and around the world to increase the use of evidence to advance local, national, and global policy and capacity. The work is organized around four themes:
• U.S. Science and Innovation Policy (Policy)
• International Networks and Cooperation
• Global Policy and Development
• Science and Engineering Capacity Development
The ideal candidate will work under the Policy theme (https://www.nationalacademies.org/policy/us-science-and-innovation-policy) and will report to the Policy Theme Lead. The Director will manage, oversee, and direct all work in the division that relates to SEM workforce and training, including the role of higher education institutions in that training. This work is conducted primarily by the Board on Higher Education and Workforce, the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, Medicine, and the Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. These units bring together experts from academic institutions, industry, government, and other organizations to conduct studies and convene public discussions on workforce, training, and related higher education issues. Recent topics include mentoring, sexual harassment, graduate STEM education, the biomedical workforce, minority serving institutions, increasing participation of women and people of color in SEM, and the skilled technical workforce. Most recently, these units have convened workshops on increasing Black men and Black women in SEM, combatting racism, and examining the implications of COVID-19 for higher education students, the SEM workforce, and the health care needs of Black communities.
The Director is responsible for the intellectual, managerial, and financial leadership of all activities in this program area. Will be responsible for program development and overall financial management, staff planning and management. The Director manages a professional and administrative staff and works closely with members of the advisory committees and roundtable, who provide intellectual input and oversight. Maintains internal and external relations and responds to requests for studies and convening activities, negotiating scope of work and budget, and independently develops projects and negotiates funding with sponsors. Also works with staff in other National Academies divisions to collaborate on projects on workforce or training in specific subject-matter disciplines or professions. Strong communications and negotiation skills are required.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
1. In consultation with PGA executive leadership and volunteer experts, develops and maintains a balanced, high quality, large portfolio of projects/programs. Establishes a vision and working strategy for studies and activities.
2. Manages the planning and directs work of individuals on projects/programs. Oversees the management of projects, assembles or oversees the assembling of committees and provides oversight and guidance on the conduct of their work.
3. Provides leadership and mentors employees. Trains and develops employees to successfully perform current responsibilities and encourages the development of staff for future roles. Forms effective teams and cultivates a work environment that fosters teamwork. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies. Initiates personnel actions, including performance and compensation reviews and disciplinary actions.
4. Maintains communication and productive working relationships with program volunteers. Participates in committee meetings and public events. Oversees quality assurance efforts.
5. Oversees financial management. Participates in business planning, conducts status meetings, coordinates logistical issues, and implements planning, scheduling, and procedural changes.
6. Responsible for program/project development. Maintains current and develops new relationships with prospective sponsors and other external contacts.
7. Responds to requests for studies/projects, works with appropriate staff to negotiate the scope of work and budget, and independently develops high-impact programs/projects and negotiates funding with sponsors. Performs fundraising activities. Prepares proposals. Oversees management of contracts.
8. Manages staff responsible for the report process during writing, report review, and release.
9. Determines appropriate outreach efforts, including dissemination. Responsible for speaking engagements, handles press calls, and represents program and committees at internal and external meetings.
NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
- Related duties and special projects as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Experience in science policy, higher education, and workforce. Ability to solve intellectual problems that reflect substantial variety and complexity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate with substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to negotiate funding. Ability to manage, train, and develop staff and manage teams. 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 and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees. Understanding of the National Academies’ mission and culture.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in a related field or equivalent knowledge.
Minimum Experience: Twelve years of related professional experience, six of which were in a senior management supervisory capacity. Demonstrated high impact on the advancement of science or policy.
Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: None.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Theme Lead. Independently establishes goals and objectives. Supervises board/program staff.
Work Environment: Office environment, with travel between National Academies’ facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.
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Job posted: 2020-10-27