Senior Program Officer / Associate Director

Job Details

Company Name

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Washington D.C.

Expiration Date

Monday, April 2, 2018

Interest Area

Advocacy/Outreach, Communication, Project Management, Research

Position Type


Position Level


Minimum Degree Requirements

Masters Degree

Job Posting URL

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is seeking a Senior Program Officer / Associate Director to join the Air Force Studies Board, part of our Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, in Washington DC.


The successful candidate must possess an active security clearance at the TS level and be eligible for DOD SCI access. TS/SCI is preferred.


Since 1996, the Air Force Studies Board (AFSB) has served as a convening venue for the discussion of a diverse set of topics of importance to the U.S. Air Force. In collaboration with Air Force leadership, the board develops various program activities related to the development and application of science and technology within the Air Force. These activities involve convening leading experts to participate in consensus studies, workshops, roundtables and expert meetings. Recently, these studies have addressed strategic topics on experimentation and prototyping, defending against hypersonic weapons, and assuring the future scientific and technical qualifications of Air Force acquisition personnel. Current study topics focus on secure microelectronics, software sustainment strategies and developing S&T partnerships.


The essential job duties will include:

  • Develop, plan, conduct, and lead research efforts on programs / projects related to the Air Force Studies Board. This includes assembling committees and guiding those committees in the consensus building process.
  • Serve as a liaison between potential sponsors, relevant scientific and technical communities, and the National Academies.
  • Take on Acting Board Director responsibilities and represent the Academies when needed.
  • Explore opportunities for new programs / projects and develop proposals to have maximum impact. Maintain current, and develop new relationships, with prospective sponsors and other external contacts.
  • Conduct background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Write prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding
  • Collaborate with colleagues and constituents (e.g., staff within the unit and across the institution, experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, and other organizations) to identify creative ways to work together and employ diverse perspectives in addressing challenges and developing solutions.
  • Develop, plan, and conduct workshops, seminars or other convening activities on S&T topics. Identify potential expert committee members and workshop participants. Develop strategies to ensure wide dissemination of proceedings and reports.
  • Provide technical expertise in advising and consulting with staff and assist in resolution of problems and inquiries. Represent the organization in discussions and technical forums.
  • Train and develop staff, encourage development for future roles. Support personnel actions and performance reviews.
  • Financial management of assigned programs or projects, including oversight of the budget and schedule. Collaborate with financial staff to ensure compliance.


We are looking for someone who has:

  • 10 years of national security S&T policy experience working with the Military Services (Army, Air Force, or Navy) scientific community.
  • Master’s degree in physical science or engineering discipline.
  • Strong program / project management and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to understand and share technical / scientific issues with diverse audiences.
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of S&T policy reports or technology roadmaps.



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