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

Associate Director of Communications

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Associate Director of Communications will work as part of FAS’s Operations Team to lead the strategic communications and marketing efforts of the organization. This position will involve both proactive planning and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy as well as reactive, rapid daily interaction on issues related to the Federation. The level of this position may vary depending on the selected candidate’s level of experience. 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.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities
  • Own the organization’s communications output across all verticals. 
  • Manage the day to day operations of the FAS communications team.
  • Develop communications strategies around FAS’s work to ensure that it reaches and provides meaningful and actionable information to target audiences (federal government policymakers, other non-government organizations, private sector, and media). 
  • Create systems and processes to streamline communications output in support of FAS’ project teams. 
  • Work with the project teams to write, edit and produce world-class external communication content.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with relevant media and key influencers.
  • Increase engagement and brand awareness through thoughtful communications output. 
  • Create continued growth within key PR, communications, and social media metrics, ensuring goals are on track and measuring performance and ROI of communications, campaigns, etc
  • Oversee media relationships, including pitching stories and producing press releases, advisories and organizing press calls.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Desired Experience & Strengths
  • 6-12 years of work experience in a communications or marketing role. 
  • Exceptional face-to-face, phone, and written communication skills, including the ability to compellingly articulate FAS’s mission to a variety of different audiences.
  • Effective project management skills to map out and follow through on clear action plans.
  • Experience with writing and crafting messaging, including via social media.
  • Motivated self-starter who values learning; contributes as part of a team and thrives in a collaborative environment.
  • Extreme attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrable track record of senior communications or media relations experience – preferably in government, nonprofit or multilateral organizations. Including, pitching and communicating with journalists, setting up interviews, creating and executing communications strategies. 
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and handle multiple issues at the same time.
  • Experience designing and leading the implementation of successful engagement and communications strategies in one or more of the following settings: national, state or local government; national or state-level NGO, private sector or public service, or political campaigns; international experience or prior work in a global organization preferred.
  • Experience with inDesign and Hootsuite is a plus.

Expected Salary: $85,000 – $135,000, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV/resume and cover letter to team@fas.org with “Associate Director of Communications” in the email subject line.

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.

(Senior) Manager for Science Policy and Knowledge Management

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is seeking a seasoned manager to support its growing science policy portfolio and to lead in coordination and implementation of knowledge management systems across the organization. FAS is at an inflection point with respect to its growth and impact, and this position will provide critical infrastructure for knowledge management to connect FAS’ policy work with the work of the FAS Day One Talent Hub.

The (Senior) Manager for Science Policy and Knowledge Management
will work directly with the vertical director and associate director to support activities across the portfolio, including managing and executing on policy accelerators; supporting policy design workshops; and engaging with science policy thought leaders, funders, and federal partners in identifying opportunities for impact. Additionally this role will oversee the design and implementation of a knowledge management system (e.g. customer relationship management (CRM)) to optimize knowledge sharing across diverse use cases, including but not limited to the pipeline of fellows in the FAS Day One Talent Bank, government agency interest in fellow placement, significant intel from policymaker conversations, funder and donor relations..

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial, resourceful, empathetic individual with cross-cutting skill sets, strong interest and knowledge of operational systems, and experience in science policy, public policy, process and program management, and database design to support a growing portfolio of work as FAS looks to expand its offerings in 2022 and beyond.

Primary Functions & Specific Responsibilities
  • Supporting the organization and delivery of Day One Project policy accelerators to engage a broader community in policy development in science policy and related areas; 
    • Executing a successful policy accelerator requires 1) policy acumen and an ability to diagnose opportunities to leverage ideas; 2) effective project management; 3) strong verbal and written communication skills; and 4) the ability to coach contributors to refine their ideas
  • Managing the design and implementation of events led by the science policy vertical, including but not limited to workshops, summits, roundtables, and panel discussions (hybrid, virtual, or in-person)
  • Conducting issue area and policy research for best practices, proven policies, and innovative solutions in various science policy domains that are proven to be scalable and effective
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with external partners, experts in the field, thought leaders, and other stakeholders with whom we can collaborate on accelerators, workshops, and other science policy initiatives
  • Designing, sourcing, and overseeing the development of a knowledge management system that is operationalized across diverse use cases
  • Managing the uptake and cross-organization adoption of knowledge management systems across FAS
  • Coordinating and maintaining operational workflows within the science policy vertical and implementing design improvements
  • Supporting the policy proposal development process to ensure effective communication with contributors
  • Contributing to the development of curricula and training materials for policy entrepreneurship skill-building activities
  • Manage staff
  • Other duties as assigned
Desired Experiences and Strengths:
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated work experience
  • Background and experience in science policy, including policy research and analysis
  • Experience in design and implementation of knowledge management systems (CRMs).
  • Demonstrated experience working in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of database management.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of innovation and design methods to solve public or social challenges
  • Experience in building project plans and executing 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
  • Exceptional face-to-face, phone, and written communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter who values continuous learning
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, and handle multiple issues at the same time
  • High level of integrity and professionalism, with a focus on being a supportive team member and overall contributor to FAS’ mission and team culture

Expected Salary: $80,000 to $100,000, commensurate with 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 team@fas.org with “(Senior) Manager for Science Policy and Knowledge Management” in the email subject line.

Education Innovation Policy Manager

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) is seeking a seasoned manager to support its growing education and social innovation policy portfolio. The education policy vertical is a new area of growth and focus for FAS, and we are primarily focused on expanding the funding and capacity for education research & development (R&D) capacity in the U.S.

The Education Policy manager will work directly with the vertical director to support activities across the portfolio, including managing and executing on policy accelerators; supporting policy design workshops; and engaging with education thought leaders, funders, and federal partners in identifying opportunities for impact.

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

Core Responsibilities
  • Supporting the organization and delivery of Day One Project policy accelerators to engage a broader community in policy development in education policy and related areas; 
    • Executing a successful policy accelerator requires 1) policy acumen and an ability to diagnose opportunities to leverage ideas; 2) effective project management; 3) strong verbal and written communication skills; and 4) the ability to coach contributors to refine their ideas. 
  • Consulting with education experts, thought leaders, and advocacy organizations to understand the policy opportunities in 2022 and beyond.
  • Conducting issue area and policy research for best practices, proven policies, and innovative solutions in the education field that are proven to be scalable and effective.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with external partners, experts in the field, thought leaders, and other stakeholders with whom we can collaborate on accelerators, workshops, and other education policy initiatives.
  • Managing the education R&D working group of funders and education thought leaders that FAS convenes.
  • Supporting the policy proposal development process to ensure effective communication with contributors.
  • Managing the design, execution, and delivery of workshops, roundtables, summits, and other events aimed at advancing core education policy areas.
  • Producing written communication to drive processes forward, including policy memos, blog posts, talking points, and other communications collateral.
  • Representing FAS at meetings and conferences on education.
  • Attending policy-relevant seminars and workshops and sharing relevant information to teams across the organization.
  • Contributing to the development of curricula and training materials for policy entrepreneurship skill-building activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Experience and Qualifications
  • A minimum of four years of demonstrated work experience.
  • Background and experience in education policy, including policy research and analysis, with a firm grasp of the education policy landscape and key players in the space.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and fast-paced environment.
  • Experience implementing new policies, practices or processes related to education at the federal and/or state level.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of innovation and design methods to solve public or social challenges.
  • Experience in building project plans and executing 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.
  • Exceptional face-to-face, phone, and written communication skills.
  • Motivated self-starter who values continuous learning.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, and handle multiple issues at the same time.
  • High level of integrity and professionalism, with a focus on being a supportive team member and overall contributor to FAS’ mission and team culture.

Compensation range is $65,000- $75,000, 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. 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 “Education Policy Manager” in the email subject line.

Science Policy Program Associate

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

The Federation of American Scientists 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 on-boarding 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 ranges from $55,000-$65,000 and is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience.

We seek to fill this position quickly and will review applications on a rolling basis. 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 “Science Policy Program Associate” in the email subject line.

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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