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Project Director for Program Operations, AAAS

POSITION: Project Director for Program Operations, Professional Development & Evaluation

DEPARTMENT: Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, American Association for the Advancement of


SUMMARY: Conceptualizes, plans, directs and assesses selection and placement operations and

systems, professional development, affinity groups and fellow network, and evaluation for the

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. Manages budget of $500K. Supervises program operations and

administration staff.


Operations Management, Budgeting & Staff Supervision: Collaborates with Program Director and

Associate Program Director to define process and project scopes, goals, timelines, and

deliverables. Defines project tasks, resource requirements, and develops project plans. Supervises

operations, administration, logistics, and implementation of selection, placement, assessment and

reporting functions for optimal efficiency and efficacy. Supervises and mentors operations and

administrative staff. Creates and oversees updates to operations, fellowship and host office

manuals. Manages professional development/fellows network budget, oversees allocation of resources,

monitors expenditures and evaluates return on investment. 

Professional Development & Training: Conceptualizes content, plans and directs implementation of

yearlong professional and leadership development and training programs. Includes planning and

orchestrating a two-­‐ week orientation, monthly educational events, skill-­‐building workshops,

career enhancement sessions, and a year-­‐end summit. Oversees preparation and logistics for

events. Directs marketing, messaging, and registration for PD sessions. Manages selection of

venues, selection and contracting of vendors, and preparations for all events. Supervises staff

coordinating logistics. Works across Fellowships team, with Partner Society Collaborative, and the

PD Advisory Committee to conduct needs assessments, surveys,

and focus groups and determine core competencies for fellowships; identify specific resources to


knowledge and skills aims, and plan curricula and trainings to achieve measurable advancement in

learning and skill development. Researches, vets, invites and directs speakers; manages and

evaluates speakers/trainings. Develops and enhances training manuals, multimedia visual aids, and

other educational materials. Recruits, coordinates and guides fellow and AAAS staff speakers for

presentations, workshops and panel sessions. Serves as an advocate for the S&T Policy Fellowships

at meetings, conferences, and other events. 

Monitoring, Evaluation & Assessment: Develops success benchmarks, conducts evaluations, and reviews

and assesses effectiveness of program operations, professional development programs, and overall

fellowships outputs and outcomes. Stays abreast of professional development and leadership

strategies, innovative adult training and networking methods. Monitors fellows’ mid-­‐year and

year-­‐end reports to determine trends, utilize information to enhance the fellowship experience

for fellows and host offices. Develops testing and evaluation procedures. Assesses instructor

performance and the effectiveness of training programs, and supervises enhancement strategies.

Establishes and maintains a virtual library of resources to support competencies of S&T Policy

Fellows. Monitors and manages diversity in programs and presenters. Maintains relationships with

AAAS staff and external subject-­‐matter experts and organizations to provide input to or deliver

presentations and trainings. Monitors Fellowships and industry data to determine trends and utilize

information to enhance operations, mentoring, professional development, network, and civic

engagement activities.

Mentoring, Affinity Groups & Fellowship Network: Plans and supervises implementation of fellow

mentoring program. Oversees and nurtures fellows’ affinity groups for maximum connection,

collaboration, and output. Conceptualizes and implements strategies to foster greater communication

with and among current and alumni fellows, keep them up-­‐to-­‐date on fellowship activities and

their colleagues, and actively engaged with AAAS. Collaborates with Outreach & Engagement staff to

ensure that FellowsCentral portal and other social media outlets are vibrant online resources and

networking venues for fellows.

Additional duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in education, human resources, marketing, communications, public

relations or related field and minimum seven years directly related experience (or bachelor’s

degree and nine years relevant experience). Must include operations and project management;

developing, conducting and assessing professional development/training programs; event and budget

management; and coordinating networks and resources. Seeking excellent verbal and written

communications skills, organizational ability and attention to detail and deadlines. Must be

proficient and comfortable presenting to large groups. Professional and diplomatic manner; ability

to work with individuals from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, to coordinate

activity among staff and departments, and to interact with stakeholders at all levels in academia,

government, foundation, corporate, and non-­‐profit sectors. Flexibility, resourcefulness, and

ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously, set priorities for multiple projects, meet

deadlines under pressure, and work both independently and as part of a team. Computer skills must

include proficiency with Microsoft Office, project management software, and online databases.

Requires at least two years of supervisory experience. Experience working in a non-­‐profit

environment with memberships, fellowships, admissions or alumni relations, and/or a background in

science or policy is a plus.

APPLY: AAAS requires electronic submission of a Web-­‐based application form, using the AAAS

Employment Application Web site:   All Web

applications must include a resume, and a cover letter referencing the position requisition number

and indicating salary expectations. Applicants who do not fully complete the online form and

provide an attached cover letter and resume will not be considered.

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships


1200 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005

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Re: Project Director for Program Operations, AAAS

     Good  day,  David.                                                                                                                                          This  is  good  news  for  Nanotechnology .

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Re: Project Director for Program Operations, AAAS

            P.S.                                                                                                                                                               Good  day,  David  Harwell.                                                                                                                                      .           The  relevance of  Nanotechnology is now due real factors present,  as  for  the development of lean exclusively on traditional technigues and technology.  Unfavorable conditions dictate a new paradigm of development, namely the introduction of real Nanotechnology in production og goods for consumers.                        This  aspect discuss in the article  by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu,  Frugal Innovattion: A New Paradigm, January 10, 2013 ;  .                                                                                                .     Frugal innovation is the ability to generate considerably more business and social value  significantly reducing the use of scare resources. It is about solving - and even transcending - the paradox of " doing more with less".                                                                                                                                                                  ....  As  Albert  Einstein famously stated: " One cannot solve a problem with the same mindset that  created it in the fist place".                                                                                                                                                   Alan I. Lashner /AAAS CEO/ wrote in your article : Innovation needs a diversity of ideas, General Articles, January 24, 2013 .                                                                                                                                                    .    America's future innovation depends in lardge part on our ability to fully  tap a richly diverse talent pool,  and  ....     Gates attributes the greatest potential for such creativity and imagination to the most widely diverse field of thinkers..  "When individuals from groups that face traditional biases in our society  are  excluded  or inadequaetly represented,  we limit the potential for  achievement, discovery, innovation, and learning in the sciences'',  he has written.  " I argue this limits the robustness of the scientific enterprise as a whole ';   .                                                                                                                   Nanotechnology /New IP of Nano/ give new  opportunity to SME's for development in the World .                                Best  Regards,  Sergey .                                                                                                                                                 .

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