Career Opportunities

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At FAS we believe in embracing a growth oriented and entrepreneurial mindset to drive impact for our colleagues, our customers and the world.

We are committed to advancing progress on a broad suite of contemporary issues where science, technology, and innovation policy can deliver dramatic progress, and have an important seat at the policymaking table.

The perfect teammate

Impact Driven

Customer Focused

Entrepreneurial

Growth Oriented

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A key pillar of our work is aimed at democratizing the research and policymaking process. We recognize the critical role that diverse voices play in contributing to and shaping science policy, and seek to intentionally represent those voices in our process, ensuring a range of perspectives and ideas are captured and represented in our work. Read our full DEI statement to learn more.

The perks

Competitive salary + opportunities for growth
Flexible PTO policy
12 weeks paid parental leave
100% employer-paid vision
80% employer-paid medical + dental
403b with up to 14% employer contribution
Healthy (and non-healthy!) snacks + beverages
Monthly happy hours + catered lunches

Federation of American Scientists Open Positions

Innovation and Technology Senior Manager

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is seeking a seasoned manager to support its growing innovation and technology portfolio. Innovation and technology is a core policy vertical within FAS, working across a number of domains from entrepreneurship, international development, climate and clean energy, and more. 

The senior manager will work directly with the Principal Director for Innovation and Technology to support activities across the portfolio to oversee and execute policy accelerators, support policy design workshops, engage with federal partners in identifying opportunities for impact, and help stand up emerging organizational initiatives to deliver assistance to federal agencies.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial, resourceful, empathetic individual with cross-cutting skill sets and experience in business, management consulting, and/or public policy to support a growing portfolio of work as FAS looks to grow and expand its offerings in 2022 and beyond.

Experience

A minimum of seven years of professional work that includes some of the following:

  • Direct experience in or collaborating with the federal government and a working understanding of how the federal government functions
  • Experience working in or with the private sector including management consulting, finance, start ups, technology or other related industry
  • Experience applying innovation and design methods including but not limited to crowdsourced innovation, ideation, human centered design, and more
  • Demonstrated experience working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment a plus but not required
  • Experience implementing new policies, practices or processes inside the federal government 
Skills

A competitive candidate will have experience in several of the capacities below

  • Analytical capabilities – ability to interpret multiple pieces of information and synthesize to create a solution to a policy or process
  • Logical framing and structuring – ability to take a problem, process, or policy opportunity and build a logical structure using evidence/data to communicate concisely and recommend path toward it’s implementation 
  • Ability to convert ideas into products to support implementation of strategy, policy, and/or other organizational change
  • Using spreadsheets and slides, and writing documents to support the successful advancement and implementation of policies and processes in and outside of government
  • Driving and managing complex projects across diverse teams, 
  • Building project plans and executing against outcomes including taking a deliverable and breaking it down into multiple tasks to support execution
  • Managing teams and projects toward a successful outcome with the ability to communicate the process, build the related project documents, and engage a team in its execution. 
Knowledge
  • An understanding of one or more federal agencies/departments working to advance policy priorities in a critical science and technology policy domain including the Department of Energy, Department of State, Department of Commerce, USAID, NSF, NIH, HHS, OSTP, etc. 
  • Subject matter expertise with current understanding in a critical policy domain e.g., climate and clean energy, public health, international development, innovation and R&D, or other related domain
  • An existing network of federal partners/relationships a plus but not mandatory

Expected Salary: $90,000 to $110,000, commensurate with 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 team@fas.org with “Innovation and Technology Senior Manager” in the email subject line.

Science Policy Program Associate

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is working to develop and implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy, as well as working to build the capacity to provide support to government agencies in onboarding scientific and technical talent. We are seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual to serve as a Science Policy Program Associate. This position will be part of the FAS Science Policy Team, supporting all aspects of the team’s work, including the Day One Project and other initiatives, in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment. This is an early career position with an opportunity for growth. The right candidate will help shape the role according to their skills, and act as a key player toward achieving significant impact on all activities and deliverables.

Core Responsibilities
  • Support the organization and delivery of Day One Project policy accelerators to engage a broader community in strategic policy development in science policy and related areas;
  • Executing a successful policy accelerator requires policy acumen and an ability to diagnose opportunities to leverage ideas, along with effective project management, verbal and written communication, and skills in coaching contributors to refine their ideas.
  • Conduct issue area and policy research to ground truth feasibility of proposed ideas, including talking with experts in the field.
  • Support the proposal development process to ensure effective communication with contributors.
  • Manage the design, execution, and delivery of workshops, roundtables, summits, and other events aimed at advancing core policy areas.
  • Produce written communication to drive processes forward
  • Contribute to the development of curricula and training materials for policy entrepreneurship skill-building activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Experience and Qualifications
  • 3-5 years minimum of demonstrated work experience
  • Entrepreneurial, comfortable in a start-up environment.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of innovation and design methods to solve public or social challenges
  • Experience in building project plans and execute against outcomes including taking a deliverable and breaking it down into multiple tasks to support execution
  • Understanding of various project management methodologies including Agile, Waterfall, Asana, etc.
  • Ability to work and support multiple functions across a dynamic team and engaging multiple parts of the organization
  • Demonstration of abilities to execute against a project plan
  • Knowledge and experience using spreadsheets and slides, and writing emails and documents to support the successful advancement and implementation of policies and processes in and outside of government
  • Exceptional face-to-face, phone, and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter who values learning.
  • Contributes as part of a team and thrives in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time.
  • High level of integrity, professionalism including teamwork and ability to deliver within short deadlines, work under pressure and multi-tasking skills.

Compensation range is $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

The Federation of American Scientists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is a full time, exempt position and is therefore not eligible for overtime. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. The Federation of American Scientists  prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant. 

We seek to fill this position quickly and will review applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

How to Apply

You can apply for this role here.

Climate and Energy Project Associate/Senior Associate

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

At the Federation of American Scientists, we believe in embracing a growth oriented and entrepreneurial mindset to drive impact for our colleagues, our customers and the world. As a Climate and Energy Project Associate, you will be part of a team working on the frontlines of clean energy and climate policy in partnership with federal agencies and decision makers. The Associate will help manage a portfolio of work spanning clean energy innovation, talent, and emerging climate threats like wildfires. We are seeking a self-starting team player with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, excellent writing skills, and the ability to work collaboratively. The right candidate will help shape the role according to their skills, and act as a key player toward achieving significant growth and long-term sustainability for The Federation of American Scientists.

Core Responsibilities
  • Provide support for FAS’s growing clean energy and climate portfolio including managing and coordinating outreach activities with existing federal partners working across climate and energy such as the Department of Energy, United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Environment, Council on Environmental Quality, and other partners.
  • Engage in policy research and provide subject matter expertises on topics related to climate and clean energy, including but not limited to, clean energy demonstrations, grid infrastructure, industrial decarbonization, hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, geothermal, manufacturing and energy supply chain, and equitable and just clean energy development and deployment.
  • Liaise and coordinate between existing federal partners such as USDA NRE, Department of Interior, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other external organizations focused on strategic and proactive planning to mitigate and prevent damage to people, communities, and natural resources caused by intensifying wildfire risks, environmental deterioration, and climate change.
  • Shepherd climate scientists, clean energy engineers, venture capitalists, and wildfire resilience experts through the Day One policy development pipeline to turn emerging research and ideas on climate solutions into actionable policy memos for federal policymakers.
  • Addressing structural and strategic policy issues to advance the capacity and efficiency of federal agencies to hire, onboard, and support a growing workforce of climate and energy professionals.
  • Develop reports, briefs, and memos guiding FAS and other federal agencies to cultivate a whole-of-government approach in coordination with non-governmental partners to generate enduring climate and energy policy to spur beneficial impact on the nation’s health and environment.
  • Support and lead the day-to-day work and coordinating activities across the FAS teams to support the advancement of existing and new projects and strategic areas of focus for our growing climate and clean energy portfolio.
  • Work alongside the Community and Fellowships Manager to help administer the full cycle of the Talent Hub Fellowship Program, specifically for fellows focused on energy and climate issues.
  • Assist with building out programming and professional learning activities for energy and climate FAS Impact Fellows.
Experience and Qualifications
  • An educational background in clean energy, climate science, public policy, engineering and/or other related scientific area.
  • 2 to 3 years of experience working in public policy, climate, clean energy, or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of the federal energy and climate ecosystem or related sectoral areas of focus including industry, technology, or philanthropy/funding.
  • Previous internship or work experience in federal government (think tank, science or technology research or business operations).
  • 4 years managing projects.
  • Experience in project management with demonstrated success and increasing areas of responsibility in previous positions.
  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks.
  • 2+ years working in an entrepreneurial culture.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to adapt and thrive in a dynamic, startup environment.
  • Interest in strategic communications and policy development.

Compensation range is $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

The Federation of American Scientists is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This is a full time, exempt position and is therefore not eligible for overtime. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or national origin. The Federation of American Scientists  prohibits discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant. 

We seek to fill this position quickly and will review applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

How to Apply

You can apply for this role here.

Fellowships

FAS Impact Fellowship

The FAS Impact Fellowship is a selective fellowship program that supports the development and placement of emerging scientific and technical talent within high-impact roles across the federal government.

Individuals interested in serving as an FAS Impact Fellow can learn more about specific openings here.

The Endless Frontier Fellowship

The Endless Frontier Fellowship offers exceptionally talented early-career individuals an opportunity to help design the future. Fellows spend an immersive year working in public policy at the forefront of science, technology and innovation as policy entrepreneurs embedded at either the Institute for Progress, the Federation of American Scientists, or the Lincoln Network. To learn more, visit endless-frontier.org

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

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