Career Opportunities

Project Manager, “Science Progress”

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

FAS and the Day One Project are hiring a Project Manager to lead a new initiative focused on bridging the gap between academic science policy research and science policy implementation. The Project Manager will be responsible for developing and executing a strategy to translate novel ideas and academic research on funding mechanisms, organizational structures, scientific workforce development, and commercialization routes for the federal government to unlock the full potential of the U.S. R&D ecosystem.

Responsibilities

The Project Manager will drive all aspects of strategy, research, policy development, external engagement with policymakers and key stakeholders, internal coordination, and the day-to-day management of all related Science Progress activities.

Specific responsibilities for the Project Manager include:

  • Mapping the landscape of actors, opportunities, and needs, and activating a coalition through ongoing workshops and public events that bring key stakeholders together for agenda-setting and advancement of a set of core policy ideas;

  • Engaging a coalition of technologists and deep tech experts, the academic community, and current government officials to drive the development of actionable policy ideas;

  • Sourcing, editing, and drafting policy proposals and reports on progress studies, science of science policy, or other disciplines that aim to shift the curve of U.S. progress upward;

  • Helping to convert compelling ideas into policy implementation using an implementation playbook;

  • Leading issue education and undertaking the dissemination of proposals to meet the educational needs of current policymakers across the federal government;

  • Supporting efforts to drive strategic communication to raise the profile of work across the coalition;

  • Contributing to funding proposals that will sustain and enhance Science Progress work;

  • Leading the day-to-day management of the Science Progress Initiative and overseeing the execution of all related tasks;

  • Related or additional responsibilities as needs arise.

Experience and Qualifications

The FAS/Day One Project team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, dynamic, and resourceful individual with federal science policy implementation experience, along with background in academic science policy research and familiarity with the community of progress studies enthusiasts. This individual must be capable of tapping an existing network across subject matter expert communities and legislative and executive branches to drive strategic policy development and implementation. This individual must be passionate about optimizing the U.S. R&D ecosystem’s processes to maximize the nation’s potential for innovation and impact. The ideal candidate is one who is comfortable with pursuing a bold mission against the odds and who can move fluidly between an expansive, long-term strategic vision and focused, timely execution.

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

  • Experience and/or expertise in at least one of the following subjects: science of science policy, history of science and technology, economics and innovation, philosophy of science, technology and innovation, social epistemology of science;

  • Working knowledge of the U.S. R&D ecosystem, including national labs, FFRDCs, UARCs, ARPA models, public-private models, and relevant R&D agencies;

  • Experience in or exposure to advancing policy at the legislative or executive branches;

  • Relationships in the legislative and executive branch to engage in advancing strategic policy development;

  • Experience managing projects and processes in policy, government, or other similar organizations;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting people and building teams;

  • A master’s degree in a related field or minimum of 5 years of professional experience, preferably working in or near science, technology, and/or public policy;

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of FAS and the Day One Project.

Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

FAS 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 loully@dayoneproject.org with “Science Progress” in the email subject line.

 

Policy Director for S&T Vertical

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

In 2021, the Day One Project is working to develop & 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. The Project is seeking to onboard Policy Directors to lead each of its four policy verticals: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Security, Science Policy, and Technology Policy. Applicants are requested to apply to lead policy development in one of the four areas.

Responsibilities

The Policy Director will serve as the key point person driving all aspects of policy development and implementation strategy in one of the four core verticals. This includes sourcing and drafting policy proposals, orchestrating policy accelerators to engage a broader community in the policy focus area, hosting policy workshops, driving a comprehensive implementation strategy, and overseeing the day to day management of all related activities. The Project seeks a mission-driven individual with substantive policy expertise and direct experience in government capable of tapping an existing network across the legislative and executive branches to drive strategic policy development.

Specific responsibilities for the Policy Director include:

  • Engaging subject matter experts, current government officials, and the academic community to drive strategic policy development;

  • Sourcing, editing, and drafting policy proposals and reports in the topic area of focus;

  • Organizing policy accelerators to engage a broader community in strategic policy development in the core focus area;

  • Leading issue education and undertaking the dissemination of proposals to meet the needs of current policymakers across the federal government;

  • Supporting efforts to drive strategic communication in the core vertical;

  • Collaborating with additional Day One Project staff working on projects in the policy domain;

  • Leading the day-to-day management of the Policy vertical and overseeing the execution of all related tasks.

Experience and Qualifications

The Day One team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Policy Director and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment.

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

  • Subject matter experience and expertise in one or more of the core policy verticals of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and/or National Security;

  • Experience in the legislative or executive branch advancing policy with direct experience in one of our priority policy domains,

  • Possess a deep network in the legislative and executive branch to engage in advancing strategic policy development;

  • Experience managing projects and processes in policy, government or other similar organizations;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting people and building teams;

  • Experience in policy development, strategic communication, or another core aspect of the Day One Project’s work;

  • A minimum of 6-8 years of professional experience preferably working in science, technology and public policy

  • A graduate degree in public policy, law, economics or a related field is preferred;

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

Compensation 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 josh@dayoneproject.org with “Policy Director Application” in the email subject line.

 

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