Program Associate, Research Competitiveness Program (RCP)

Job Details


Washington DC

Expiration Date

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Interest Area

Policy, Project Management, Research

Position Type


Minimum Degree Requirements

College Degree

Contact Address

1200 New York Avenue Northeast Washington District of Columbia 20002

Company Name

American Association for the Advancement of Science

"The advancement of science should be the chief concern of a nation that would conserve and increase the welfare of its people."

-James McKeen Cattell, former AAAS President and Editor of Science


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. For over a century, AAAS has been a force for science, from helping to establish science as a credible field in the 19th century to using satellite imaging technology to document human rights abuses in 2007. We are recognized as the world’s largest general scientific society and the proud publisher of the Science family of journals. Past presidents have included astronomer Edward Charles Pickering, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and biologist Stephen Jay Gould. Our mission is centered on the belief that STEM research and education can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today.


AAAS is a culture steeped in history, but adaptive to change and new ideas. We recognize the hard work of our employees and encourage the development of our staff. Our colleagues represent an array of expertise from scholarly publishing to digital marketing, educational research to government relations, all with a shared focus on mission. At AAAS, you are part of a talented team, dedicated to advancing science and serving society.


Work With US


We have an exciting full-time opportunity for a Program Associate, Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) in our Washington, DC office. The Program Associate will collaborate on implementing peer-review of proposals to U.S. and international STEM funding competitions. This role will also require varying degrees of budget and logistical planning for each individual project.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Contribute to the development of proposal review processes, budgets, and timelines; communicates project outcomes to funders as appropriate
  • Communicate with panelists, reviewers, and other outside parties as needed to support project implementation and completion; may on occasion communicate with funders
  • Identify and recruits reviewers and panelists for proposal review projects; participates in blocking proposals
  • Monitor budgets, work plans, and contracts; may contribute to the development of budgets, work plans, and contracts as needed.
  • Compile and maintain datasets relevant to project implementation and impact assessment ,such as data on reviewers, monitoring and evaluation, and applicants
  • Write reports communicating proposal review outcomes and recommendations to funders; provides second edits of reviews and reports developed by RCP colleagues.
  • Contribute background research to and may write elements of proposals and concept papers for new funding
  • Maintain ethical standards and the integrity of RCP and AAAS processes
  • Oversee aspects of logistics and administration for off-site project activities (e.g. workshops, site visits, and conference implementation); may attend off-site activities with more senior RCP colleagues
  • Coordinate social media and draft materials for outreach initiatives for large projects
  • Provide cross-cutting administrative support within RCP and AAAS as requested
  • Stay abreast of issues affecting the science policy and practice field; contributes to assessing and analyzing policy issues affecting the program
  • Additional duties as assigned


Key Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a STEM related field
  • Minimum of 1 year experience supporting the peer-review of proposals
  • Strong interpersonal skills, collegiality, willingness and ability to identify problems and adapt
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including strong editorial writing skills
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office; experience with Visual Basic or databases a plus
  • Practical experience in writing and design of flyers, handouts, and press releases a plus


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Entry level


4-year degree