Program Officer - U.S. Sciences and Innovation Policy

Categories: Employment

Date: 12/1/2020

Policy and Global Affairs (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 U.S. Science and Innovation Policy theme aims is to strengthen the U.S. research and innovation enterprise to advance national goals. The Program Officer will work across two programs within the Policy theme The Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) and in the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM). BHEW provides policymakers, business executives, and academic leaders with insights and recommendations on critical higher education and science and engineering workforce issues facing the nation. CWSEM is a joint committee of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine, and it operates under the oversight of the presidents of the three Academies. CWSEM’s mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation and recognition of women in science, engineering, and medicine —including women of color.

The Program Officer will be responsible for developing and managing one or more of the organization’s programs or projects with minimal oversight by Director or Senior Program Officer. Develops program or project strategy and budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives. Assembles committees/panels and serves as staff liaison between committee/panel members and the National Academies. Develops prospectuses and raises funds for new projects.

Incumbent applies in-depth professional level knowledge to independently solve a full range of complex problems. The job’s primary focus may be either leading studies or convening activities or managing organization programs (e.g., research programs, art programs, etc.). The work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, requiring advanced knowledge. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent has authority to take whatever action deemed advisable or necessary, and is often responsible for oversight or management of other staff. Typically reports to Senior Program Officer or Director.


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