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Community and Fellowships Manager

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists is hiring a full-time Community and Fellowships Manager to support the operations of the Day One Talent Hub. The Manager will lead the recruitment of fellows placed in federal agencies, manage fellow programming and professional learning activities, and help advance and maintain the Day One Community – a community of practice and network of over 400 scientists, technologists, researchers and science and technology leaders. The Manager will also support organization-wide human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. This is a crosscutting role that will engage throughout our talent, operations, and policy verticals. The ideal candidate is a self-starting team player with strong human capital skills, project management skills, and community and relationship building capabilities.

Core Responsibilities

Working closely with the FAS leadership and Day One Talent Hub staff, the Community and Fellowships Manager supports and manages the full life cycle of the Talent Hub Fellowship Program and existing Day One Community including but not limited to:

  1. Recruitment for a diversity of federal fellowship roles with an emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion;

  2. Creating and executing curriculum for Day One Talent Hub Fellowship cohorts including professional learning sessions, policy development workshops, and community building activities;

  3. Developing assessments and outcome trackers to evaluate the impact of fellows within their federal roles;

  4. Managing the Day One Community and engaging contributors throughout the policy development lifecycle;

  5. Event planning for fellows and community members to generate idea sharing and camaraderie;

  6. Performing other duties as needed and assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

The FAS/Day One team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who is comfortable in a start-up environment, has the ability to live with and thrive in ambiguity, and has previous job experience in similar dynamic environments.

Strong candidates would have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Previous work experience in the federal government, policy think-tanks or nonprofits, human resources, adult learning/professional learning, science or technology policy, or business operations;

  • Experience implementing human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy;

  • Experience in human capital including recruitment, training, or organizational development in policy, government or other similar organizations;

  • Experience in building out professional learning programs and curricula;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture;

  • Previous experience in communications, editing, project management strongly desired; and

  • Interest in strategic communications, policy development, or another core aspect of FAS/Day One Project’s work.

Estimated salary range is $65,000 – $75,000, commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

The FAS/Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV/resume and cover letter to info@dayoneproject.org with “Community and Fellowships Manager” in the email subject line.

Community and Fellowships Project Associate

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists is hiring a full-time Community and Fellowships Associate to support the operations of the Day One Talent Hub and Day One Community. The Associate will work alongside the Community and Fellowships Manager to help administer the full life cycle of the Talent Hub Fellowship Program across various domains such as recruitment efforts, program development, and professional learning activities. The Associate will also help engage the Day One Community – a community of practice and network of over 400 scientists, technologists, researchers, and science and technology leaders. The ideal candidate is a self-starting team player with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively.

Core Responsibilities

Working closely with the FAS leadership and Day One Talent Hub staff, the Associate supports all activities including but not limited to:

  1. Operations for the Talent Hub Fellowship Program and Day One Community, including designing and developing recruitment materials, external event planning, and tracking team deliverables;

  2. Overseeing the development of strategic communications specifically generating social media content, web content, and other related external communication materials in support of the Day One Talent Hub Fellowship cohorts and the Day One Community and;

  3. Performing other duties as needed and assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

The FAS/Day One team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who is comfortable in a start-up environment, has the ability to thrive in ambiguity and has previous job or internship experience in similar dynamic environments. 

Strong candidates would have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Previous internship or work experience in the federal government, a think tank, science or technology research, or business operations;
  • Experience managing projects;
  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture;
  • Previous experience in communications, editing, project management strongly desired;
  • Interest in strategic communications, policy development, or another core aspect of the Day One Project’s work;

Compensation ranges from $50,000-$60,000 and is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

The Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV/resume and cover letter to info@dayoneproject.org with “Community and Fellowships Associate” in the email subject line.

Fellowships

Impact Fellow, Department of Education: Data Science

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Day One Project is working to develop and implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy that have a significant impact on the nation. The Day One Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a one-year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to join a data analytics team within the Office of the Under Secretary at the Department of Education. The Fellow will have the unique opportunity to leverage educational data to analyze policy, build tools, and collaborate on solutions that have the potential to impact and better serve the 13 million students that receive over $120 billion dollars in federal aid from the Department of Education to help pay for college or career school each year.

Responsibilities

The Education Data Science Impact Fellow will enter an assignment at the Department of Education to help lead a data science team reporting to the Deputy Under Secretary for Education. This team will leverage the use of the Department’s Financial Student Aid administrative data to better inform policy development in real-time and conduct analysis to improve the impact of federal aid investments on post-secondary education.

Specific responsibilities for this Education Data Science Impact Fellow include:

  • Project Management: Collaborating with teammates and stakeholders in an agile, reproducible and organized manner to drive novel policy insights and outcomes as a key technical liaison.

  • Study Design and Data Analysis: Consulting with stakeholders and customers to identify the appropriate data, methodological approach, and design. This team will conduct analyses to explore/group data, test hypotheses, predict outcomes, estimate causal impacts of policy, and inform decisions.

  • Data Wrangling: Lead and work with teams to develop data products and definitions. Use appropriate analytic and statistical software to programmatically prepare data for analysis and clean imperfect data.

  • Statistical / Machine Learning Data Analysis: Conducts analyses using software and/or programming languages such as R, Python, SAS or Stata to explore/group data, test hypotheses, predict outcomes, estimate causal impacts of policy, and inform decisions. Derive meaning from big data (i.e., datasets that may be large, disparate, unstructured, and/or complex).

  • Communication: Translate complex concepts, findings, and limitations into concise, plain language in briefs and visualizations. Closely tie findings and conclusions into the agency mission, original problem statement and team objectives. Research and design presentations and interpretations of analytical outputs tailored to specific audiences including the use of interactivity and narrative storytelling where appropriate.

Experience and Qualifications

The Day One team and its agency partners at the Department of Education is seeking an entrepreneurial, experienced, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Data Scientist on financial and lending analysis and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. This individual must be passionate about education innovation.

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Experience as a strong individual contributor on a data science project including project definition, project execution, team management, and reporting;

  • Background in program evaluation, applied statistics or econometrics, and in building novel data models and visualizations with large administrative datasets and experience with inferential and machine learning algorithmic approaches;

  • Subject matter expertise and experience using data related to higher education—especially financial aid—policy and/or loan performance analysis;

  • Experience automating collection of data from varying sources, formats, and quality and prepare them for analysis and applying a variety of analytical approaches to solve mission focused policy, methodologies, and/or administrative problems in a fast-paced environment;

  • Ability to clearly and concisely present the findings of analytical products to policymakers and non-technical audiences;

  • Experience conducting analysis in contemporary programming or statistical software suite such as: SQL, Python, SAS, STATA, R, Tableau, and/or PowerBI;

  • Experience or interest in higher education policy and equitable educational outcomes;

  • Experience managing projects or products, especially using agile methodologies, as well as in building partnerships and collaborating across networks, working in an entrepreneurial culture, navigating ambiguous environments and leading teams;

  • A minimum of 4-6 years of professional experience preferable;

  • Commitment to public service, diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of the Day One Project and Department of Education;

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

Education requirement: Master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred, ideally in a quantitative social science discipline, public policy, education, computer science, or applied statistics.

This fellowship will provide salary and benefits for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate ranging from $115,000 – $130,000 per year, commensurate with experience and education.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your interest here. The FAS/Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly and will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

Impact Fellow, Department of Education: Learning Acceleration

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Day One Project is working to develop and implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy that have a significant impact on the nation. The Day One Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a two-year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to support work at the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences focused on accelerating student learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fellow will have the unique opportunity to support collaboration across the Institute, state and local governments, and philanthropies focused on the use of evidence-based practices—such as high-quality tutoring—designed to eliminate inequities in student achievement exacerbated by COVID-19. The resulting solutions have the potential to impact how more than $172 billion in education stabilization funds are spent by states and districts, improving outcomes for more than 50 million elementary and secondary students nationwide.

Responsibilities

The Education Learning Acceleration Impact Fellow will enter an assignment at the Department of Education to help coordinate the Institute of Education Sciences’ engagement with outside partners focused on learning acceleration. Critically, the Impact Fellow will be charged with supporting (a) partners’ use of strategies, such as tutoring, that rigorous research has demonstrated is effective in improving student academic outcomes, (b) the design and execution of rigorous research to evaluate partners’ (and others’) learning acceleration efforts, (c) Institute-sponsored efforts designed to accelerate student learning and development and build rigorous evidence of interventions’ efficacy, and (d) dissemination of evidence-based practices and emergent learning to national stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities for this Education Learning Acceleration Impact Fellow include:

  • Leadership: Collaborating with teammates and stakeholders in an agile and organized manner to support the adoption of evidence-based practices at scale and to encourage the conduct of research and evaluation activities that are rigorous and relevant.

  • Research Design: Consulting with partners to develop research questions that, when answered, have the potential to yield policy-relevant findings. Identify appropriate data, study designs, and analytic techniques that are capable of answering those questions. As needed, support stakeholders in the execution of well-designed research.

  • Communication: Translate complex concepts, findings, and limitations into concise, plain language in briefs and visualizations. Closely tie findings and conclusions into the agency mission, original problem statement and team objectives. Research and design presentations and interpretations of analytical outputs tailored to specific audiences including the use of interactivity and narrative storytelling where appropriate.

  • Data Analysis: As needed based on partners’ capacity, support and (or conduct) the analysis of experimental and quasi-experimental data using software and/or programming languages such as Stata, R, or Python.

Experience and Qualifications

The Day One team and its agency partners at the Department of Education is seeking an entrepreneurial, experienced, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. This individual must be passionate about education innovation.

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Experience in education policy (can include classroom or instructional leadership at the building, district, or state level);

  • Commitment to public service, diversity, equity, and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of the Day One Project and Department of Education;

  • Experience collaborating with some combination of educators; instructional leaders; local, state, or federal education agency staff; advocacy or community-based organizations; and philanthropy;

  • Strong background in program evaluation, applied statistics, or econometrics;

  • Experience managing teams, projects, and processes, especially using agile methodologies, as well as in building partnerships and collaborating across networks, working in an entrepreneurial culture, navigating ambiguous environments and leading teams;

  • Experience conducting analysis in contemporary programming or statistical software suite;

  • Ability to clearly and concisely present the findings of analytical products to policymakers and non-technical audiences;

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience; and

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

Education requirement: Master’s degree or higher required, preferably in a quantitative social science discipline, public policy, education, or applied statistics.

This fellowship will provide salary and benefits for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate ranging from $115,000 – $130,000 per year, commensurate with experience and education.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete our application form. The FAS/Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly and will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a salary for recent college and graduate school alumni to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including FAS, on international peace and security issues for six to nine months. For further information, please visit www.scoville.org