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Program Director for Science, Engineering, & Technology and Global Security & International Affairs

Cambridge, MA

With guidance from the Chief Program Officer (CPO), the Program Director works with Academy Fellows and senior staff to carry out policy and research initiatives related to two areas of the Academy’s work, the Science, Engineering, and Technology program area and the Global Security & International Affairs program area.  The Program Director helps to articulate the intellectual direction of the areas in full collaboration with the President, the CPO, program advisory committees, and the Academy’s Governance Bodies. S/he is expected to articulate the programmatic priorities of the areas and identify and pursue opportunities for strategic partnership with a wide range of institutions so as to advance scholarship and knowledge in this domain.  

The Program Director directly supervises approximately 5 staff

Reports to: Chief Program Officer 


Major Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Maintain general administrative oversight of all projects within the Science, Engineering, and Technology program and the Global Security and International Affairs program; 

  • Facilitate discussions with Academy members, Academy leadership, and other experts to identify and design new initiatives in Science, Engineering and Technology and/or Global Security and International Affairs; 

  • Foster the professional development of staff working in the program area(s). 

  • Lead background research related to Academy projects;   

  • Coordinate communications among committee/panel members, staff, consultants, and other applicable parties; 

  • Supervise the design of workshops, committee meetings, conferences and exploratory meetings. Such supervision includes consultation with the fellows to developing agendas, identifying and inviting presenters and participants, and preparing summary reports;

  • Contribute to the drafting and dissemination of formal reports conveying the conclusions and recommendations from Academy project;

  • Work with the Academy leadership and communications team to raise the visibility of Academy studies, including through institutional partnerships;

  • Assist in the development and implementation of member engagement initiatives as requested;  

  • Represent the Science, Engineering, and Technology and/or the Global Security and International Affairs program(s) at various convenings;

  • Assist with the preparation of executive briefings related to the program(s)

  • Write grant proposals and assist in fundraising for new studies;

  • Other duties as assigned


  • A Ph.D. in a field related to science and engineering and/or political science and international security; 

  • Familiarity, interest, and experience with current policies and scholarship in one or both of these areas; 

  • Five to seven years of project management and/or administrative experience at a university, foundation, learned society, think tank, or other non-profit organization.

  • Experience working with senior faculty, university presidents, business and non-profit executives, government officials, international stakeholders, and policy leaders.

  • Experience advising executive staff on strategic matters.

  • Deep knowledge of relevant policy issues, including existing research programs, policy and program interventions, and experts and key players in the field;

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to synthesize and summarize research findings and recommendations to a variety of audiences; 

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with a wide variety of internal and external groups including funders; academic, policy, and research institutions; and other potential partners;

  • Successful grant writing experience and familiarity with private foundations and other funding sources;

  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and to mentor and develop direct reports

  • Ability to manage a team effectively to achieve specific, measurable goals and deliverables within set deadlines.