Program Officer for Science, Engineering, and Technology

POSTED Sep 13 2017

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Cambridge, MA
Full Time

Position Description:

With oversight from the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs, the Program Officer works with Academy members and staff to carry out policy and research studies in Science, Engineering, and Technology. The Program Officer for Science, Engineering, and Technology contributes intellectually to these studies and organizes workshops, project committee meetings, and public symposia on topics related to his or her project portfolio. The Program Officer works with a Program Coordinator and other program staff and project advisory groups to carry out these activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  Work with Academy Fellows and staff to carry out policy and academic studies;
  •  Assemble committees of experts from inside and outside the Academy’s membership and provide guidance and support to those committees and advisory groups in the conduct of their work;
  •  Gather, synthesize, and edit research findings and technical data;
  •  Facilitate the flow of information among committee members, Academy staff, outside consultants, and other applicable parties;
  •  Develop agendas for committee meetings and project workshops, invite presenters and participants, oversee meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepare written summaries;
  •  Draft and edit reports for internal use and external audiences, including workshop proceedings, white papers, policy briefs, and online content;
  •  Design and organize outreach activities to communicate the findings and recommendations from Academy studies to external audiences;
  •  Write grant proposals and progress reports;
  •  Maintain current relationships with outside parties and expand the Academy’s network of programmatic partners;
  •  Supervise permanent or temporary Academy staff in tasks related to the Program Officer’s project portfolio, and encourage staff professional development;
  •  Work closely with the John E. Bryson Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology Programs to develop new projects in this area;
  •  Help expand the profile of the Academy and its audiences within the academic and policy communities;
  •  Assist in the development and implementation of member engagement initiatives as requested;
  •  Assist with executive briefings, presidential remarks, and speeches;
  •  Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  •  A Ph.D. or similar terminal degree, with demonstrated interest in and knowledge of current policy issues and scholarship in science, engineering, and technology, particularly with respect to international scientific collaborations;
  •  Five years of relevant project administration, program evaluation, and planning experience in a university, foundation, learned society, government agency, or non-profit;
  •  Deep knowledge of experts and key players in the field;
  •  Experience working with senior faculty, university administrators, and policy leaders;
  •  Experience analyzing data and translating it for a variety of audiences;
  •  Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences;
  •  Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a wide variety of internal and external groups including funders, academic, policy, and research institutions, and other potential partners;
  •  Successful grant writing expertise and familiarity with private foundations and other funding sources;
  •  Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter and resume online.