Board Director - Board on Environmental Sciences and Toxicology
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seeks a Director to develop and manage a portfolio of activities that examine environmental problems and their effects on human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks. The mission of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) is to provide our nation with independent, objective advice and dialog on matters related to the impacts of human activities and environmental exposures on human health and environmental quality. BEST carries out its mission through studies, workshops, and other activities that bring together experts from academic institutions, industry, national laboratories, and other organizations to examine specific issues.
The Director reports to the Executive Director of the Division on Earth and Life Studies and is part of the division’s executive leadership team.
As Director you will be responsible for the intellectual, managerial, and financial leadership of board activities, program development, overall financial management, staff planning / management and overall performance and of the board. You will manage high-level professional staff, maintain internal and external relations, oversee the assembling of committees and provide guidance to those committees in the conduct of their work and/or consensus building process. You will also be responsible for responding to requests for studies, negotiating scope of work and budget, developing programs/projects and securing funding with sponsors.
We are looking for someone who has:
- Ph.D. in a related field or equivalent knowledge
- 10 years of related professional experience, 5 of which were in a supervisory capacity.
- Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy effective dissemination of these activities.
- Experience in environmental science and technology, environmental health, the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment, and/or related fields.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a strategic management team
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with sponsors and other external stakeholders, and to negotiate external funding.
Excellent written, verbal, public speaking, interpersonal, and organizational skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with employees at all levels.
About DELS and BEST
The Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) consists of twelve units that facilitate communication among the research community, policy makers, industry, interest groups, and the public. DELS is responsible for a vast array of topics, ranging from the molecular level to the global level. The common thread linking the units is the broad topic of science and the environment, but the division also examines issues outside that area.
The Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) is the National Academies' principal study unit for environmental pollution problems affecting human health, human impacts on the environment, and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and the environment. BEST addresses questions about air and water pollution; solid and hazardous waste; toxicology; epidemiology; risk assessment; applied ecology; natural resources; environmental engineering, economics and law.