Senior Program Officer – Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

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Job Description Summary:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine seek a Senior Program Officer to manage the Academies’ Cyber Resilience Forum and develop and manage other activities of the Academies’ Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB).

The Cyber Resilience Forum serves as an independent, trusted venue where experts from industry, academia, and government explore emerging challenges related to the cybersecurity and resilience of the nation’s computing and communications infrastructure. CSTB convenes the nation’s foremost computer science, telecommunications, and information technology experts. They provide authoritative advice to the nation on technical and public policy aspects of IT and its social and economic implications, on sustaining leadership in IT innovation, and on using IT in desirable and beneficial ways. CSTB’s products include workshops, other public meetings, and influential and widely read reports. CSTB is a unit of the Academies’ Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS), which provides independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.
The Senior Program Officer is responsible for developing and managing one or more of the organization’s programs or projects with minimal oversight by the CSTB Director. Develops program or project strategy and budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives. Writes effectively and clearly for both technical and general audiences. Collaborates with forum and committee members and other Academies staff to develop written products of varying lengths and prepare them for publication. Identifies and recruits new forum members, assembles committees, and serves as staff liaison between the forum/committee members and the National Academies. Develops prospectuses and raises funds for new projects.

The incumbent applies in-depth professional level knowledge of cybersecurity, computing, public policy, and related fields to independently solve a full range of complex problems. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent may be responsible for oversight of other staff. Reports to the Director, CSTB.

Responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures the program/project meets its stated objectives. Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Serves as liaison between committee members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties.

 

 

Job Description:

The mission of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.

DEPS seeks to assess the role of science and technology in important public policy issues and to advance science and engineering, identifying needed research as well as improvements in data and research methods. In these ways, it fosters better science and technology and their use to support decisions on public policies and programs.

DEPS’ work is organized around four broad areas:
•Unique government missions in defense, space, and aerospace
•National infrastructure challenges such as energy and environmental systems, information and telecommunications, manufacturing and engineering design, civil engineering, and the constructed environment
•Science and engineering disciplines such as physics, astronomy, computer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, and the mathematical sciences and their applications.
•Continuing assessments of federal government laboratories and research programs

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) convenes the nation’s foremost computer science, telecommunications, and information technology experts.  They provide authoritative advice to the nation on technical and public policy aspects of IT and its social and economic implications, on sustaining leadership in IT innovation, and on using IT in desirable and beneficial ways.  CSTB’s products include workshops, other public meetings, and influential and widely read reports.

CSTB conducts studies of critical national issues that recommend actions or changes in actions by government, industry, academic researchers, and the larger nonprofit sector.  CSTB also provides a neutral meeting ground for consideration of complex issues where resolution and action may be premature.  It convenes invitational discussion sessions that bring together principals from the public and private sectors to share perspectives on all sides of an issue.  The process assures that the debate is not dominated by the loudest voices.

A creative body, CSTB initiates a large fraction of its work.  It draws on its members’ insights into key trends and issues facing the computer and communications industries, the academic research community, and related professions and organizations to identify issues where it can have an impact.  The majority of its work is requested by federal government agencies and Congress, consistent with its charter as a unit of the National Academies.

 ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

1. Independently designs and manages multiple and/or highly complex programs or projects. Develops program or project strategy and budget, staffing requirements and ensures stated objectives are met. Conducts program or project evaluations. Activities may include leading studies, research programs, grant programs, fellowship programs, etc.

2. Where applicable, assembles committees and guides those committees in the consensus building process. Leads convening activities such as forums or workshops. Communicates and coordinates with the chair and other members of the group. Identifies and gathers research materials. Solicits and contacts potential panel members. Facilitates the flow of information among panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties.

3. Conducts workshops and other meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.

4. Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., reports, proceedings, white papers). Drafts and edits materials for publication. For studies and other applicable programs, synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of study.

5. Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. For studies, assistance is provided in preparing draft reports, including writing sections of reports based on committee input and review and editing reports for format, consistency, and grammar. Manages the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication.

6. Manages communications activities related to assigned programs or projects.  Publicizes programs and other priorities. Develops complex and content rich materials and websites to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.

7. Manages dissemination of reports and other types of publications. Prepares dissemination plan and funding proposal. Manages report production activities. Identifies and engages external organizations in dissemination. Prepares dissemination materials. Conducts dissemination meetings.

8. Oversees project staff. Mentors staff and identifies training and staff development needs. Interprets and ensures consistent application of organizational policies.

9. Manages finances of assigned projects, including overseeing budget and schedule and authorizing expenditures. Collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.

10. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit and forum/committee members within and outside the National Academies.

12. Maintains ongoing relationships with sponsors and develops new program areas. Conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities. Writes prospectuses and proposals for new and continuing funding. Identifies potential sponsors. Assists CSTB director in raising funds for current and future projects and negotiating funding with sponsors. Assists CSTB director in managing funder/member/alumni relations.

NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

  • Related duties and special projects as assigned.

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Advanced knowledge of the scientific, technical, or policy issues in cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, information science, or a related discipline. Strong program/project management and facilitation skills. Ability to understand and share technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences. Ability to solve problems using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Ability to train and develop staff. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers, employees in other National Academies’ departments, and external constituents through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Master’s degree in a related field, or equivalent knowledge.

Minimum Experience: Six years of related professional experience. Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of National Academies’ activities or equivalent outside activities. Demonstrated high level of proficiency in conveying scientific, technical, and/or policy information in verbal and written form.

Preferred Education: Ph.D. in related field preferred.

Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time. Ability to travel.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: ** Eligibility and willingness to obtain a Secret/Top Secret security clearance preferred**

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to board/program/division director. General direction is provided. Oversees project/program staff.

Work Environment: Office environment, with occasional travel between National Academies’ facilities and to off-site meeting/sponsor locations.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

Any qualification to be considered equivalent, in lieu of stated minimum, requires the prior approval of the Office of Human Resources.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Some functions in this description may be specific to a particular unit of the National Academies and not applicable to other units.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.  It is also the institution’s policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.

 

 

Employee Type:

Employee

 

 

Scheduled Weekly Hours:

37.5

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