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Senior Program Officer – Transportation Research Board Technical Activities Division

By May 2, 2024

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

At the Transportation Research Board (TRB), we care about the complex transportation challenges facing us today, including those that address equity, safety, climate change, congestion, and sustainability. We monitor the direction of emerging technologies like drones, 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, and driverless vehicles, and we study the impact they have on our nation. We are a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides nonpartisan, objective guidance for decision and policy makers.

The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects in the TRB Technical Activities Division (TAD). The job’s primary focus is on managing a portfolio of technical activities carried out through standing technical committees and other TAD volunteer groups. Portfolio of activities typically addresses a transportation mode, a broad disciplinary scope, or a strategic objective involving multiple modes and/or disciplines.

The portfolio of this Senior Program Officer position will consist of standing committees in the Transportation Infrastructure Group, specifically related to standing committees in the Bridges and Structures, Construction, and Materials Sections and other duties as assigned. On average, an SPO manages 12 standing technical committees with as many as 36 members each; 10-30 subcommittees of unlimited size; 1,500 committee “Friends”; 1-2 conferences of 100-500 paying attendees per year; 35-40 TRB Annual Meeting sessions and workshops; and 400+/- papers to be peer-reviewed and scheduled for presentation at the Annual Meeting. The SPO reports directly to a Team Leader and to the Technical Activities Division Director and/or Deputy Director for Program Content.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Six years of related professional experience, two of which were in a supervisory capacity.
  • Demonstrated impact on the advancement of science or policy through the successful completion of National Academies’ activities or equivalent outside activities.
  • Demonstrated high level of proficiency in conveying scientific, technical, and/or policy information in verbal and written form.
  • Strong program/project management and facilitation skills.
  • Experience sharing technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to independently develop and manage multiple and complex projects.
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams.
  • Proven ability to train, develop, and mentor staff.
  • Ability to exercise leadership with volunteers to achieve institutional goals and adhere to institutional policies, while respecting volunteer expertise and independence.

About the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Technical Activities Division (TAD)

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is one of seven program units of the National Research Council –a private, nonprofit institution that is the principle operating agency of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in providing services to the government, the public and the scientific and engineering communities.  The Board’s mission is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal.

The Technical Activities Division of TRB convenes more than 5,000 volunteers who help determine what transportation research is needed and how results should be disseminated.

To apply for this job email your details to kwilliams@nas.edu

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