Senior Policy Associate

26 Oct, 2022


Senior Policy Associate

Federation of American Scientists
Washington D.C.

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is hiring a full-time Senior Associate to support policy development and design with FAS’ Day One Project. Launched in 2019, the Day One Project serves as a crowdsourcing platform with the goal of democratizing policymaking for science, technology, and innovation by giving anyone with a good idea the tools and support needed to turn that idea into action-oriented policy memos.

The Senior Associate will support all aspects of the policy-development process: from scouting potential contributors, to iterating with domain experts on ideas, to identifying creative pathways for policy implementation, to rapidly responding to emerging policy windows with proposals that meet the moment. The Senior Associate will have ample opportunity to originate and contribute to new policy proposals on topics of personal interest, while also pursuing pathways to implementation by engaging in policymaker discussions in partnership with FAS subject matter experts.

We are seeking a self-starting team player with strong organizational and communication skills; excitement about the potential of science, technology, and innovation to catalyze progress on seemingly intractable issues; with deep interest in exploring and applying a variety of policy levers to address big societal challenges like clean energy and climate, implications of future of technologies; innovation and competition, national security and more; and a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the contexts of organizational culture and the broader policy world. This is a mid-level position with opportunity for growth.

Core responsibilities

As a core member of the Day One Project team, the Senior Associate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Working with staff subject-matter experts to identify individuals with fresh, creative, and science-based ideas for progress on key policy issues, and recruiting individuals to contribute and draft policy memos.
  • Providing contributors with guidance, resources, and support as they develop their ideas into actionable policy proposals.
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on (with respect to both substance and style) policy proposals in development.
  • Closely tracking and motivating progress for all policy proposals in development.
  • Staying broadly informed of major policy developments related to science, technology, and innovation in the United States, and recommending ways for FAS to proactively adjust its policy-development focuses to meet the moment.
  • Gaining familiarity with all policy proposals in the Day One Project library, and rapidly responding to requests for identify proposals related to a given topic or agency.
  • Working with the FAS communications team on final formatting, publication, and amplification of new proposals.
  • Drafting blog posts and other content to synthesize insights from Day One Project proposals, especially in response to emerging policy developments and current events.
  • Working with FAS subject matter experts on opportunities to support implementation of policy memos, including engaging with policymakers and collecting insights to inform the development process.
  • Performing other duties as needed and assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

FAS is seeking an entrepreneurial, resourceful, and impact-driven individual who is comfortable in a dynamic and fast-moving environment and possesses exceptional attention to detail, writing skills, and ability to synthesize large amounts of complex information.

Competitive candidates would have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Academic and/or professional experience in science, technology, and/or innovation. Experience learning and/or working at the science-policy nexus is a plus.
  • Understanding of how the U.S. federal government is structured. Experience working in federal or state government (executive or legislative branches) is a plus.
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar CRM software.
  • Experience with Asana or similar project-management tools.
  • Interest and experience in building organizational partnerships, especially with universities, nonprofit organizations, and advocacy groups.
  • On-the-ground policy experience, such as in advocacy or outreach campaigns.
  • Interest and experience in embedding principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into institutional culture and policy development.
  • Ability to take initiative, run with open-ended tasks, and respond effectively to changing circumstances.
  • Interest in learning more about policy entrepreneurship and how to operate effectively in different policy environments.

Work Environment 

This position will be a hybrid role, meaning that both remote and in-person work can be accommodated.

Expected Salary

$60,000 – $80,000 annually, commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

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Don’t check off every box? Apply anyway! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every listed qualification. At FAS we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and developing new voices. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway – you might just be the right candidate.

The Federation of American Scientists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Federation of American Scientists prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant. 

Job posted: 2022-10-26