Science Policy Project Director
Ripple Effect has an opening for a Science Policy Project Director to join our Program Management and Policy team. The ideal candidate will need to be able to prioritize multiple projects, thrive in a fast-paced environment, be an excellent communicator (written and oral), and have strong people skills. Experience at NIH is a requirement for this position.
- Duty Location: Ripple Effect (Rockville MD) with travel to customer sites in the DC metro area
- Position Information: Full-time, Permanent
- Vacancies: 1 Opening
- Security Level: A security clearance is not required to apply. Applicants, once hired, may be subject to a background investigation and may have access to sensitive data.
- Travel Required: This position requires local travel (Washington, D.C. area) for work-related meetings.
- Relocation Expenses: No relocation expenses may be authorized for this position
Ripple Effect Communications provides professional consulting services to the Federal government in the areas of: Communications & Outreach; Program Management & Policy; and Research & Evaluation. Ripple Effect is a fast-paced, demanding, and rewarding environment where independent work, creative thinking, and solution-proposing are the norm. Ripple Effect is looking for someone with breadth and depth to work as part of our HQ staff to support our Federal clients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The right person for this job will be solution-oriented and use determination and creativity as a regular part of their toolkit. We are looking for someone who is technologically inclined, comfortable learning new software, and knows how to harness technology to accomplish project goals. To learn more about working at Ripple Effect and our growing team check out the Future Rippler section of our website.
Ripple Effect seeks a Science Policy Project Director with strong project management skills to lead, plan, and execute science policy activities working with NIH. The ideal candidate for this role is an accomplished professional with experience in science policy at NIH. This candidate may have led working groups, written briefings for leadership, tracked policy changes through the legislative process, and other policy implementation tasks. This role requires a leader who is flexible and has the ability to be a 'do-er', as well as shows comfort in managing and mentoring other staff. This role requires leading and working on small and large teams; and could include some forms of business development, such as proposal writing.
Projects may include:
- Implementing the strategic priorities of clients
- Managing and mentoring staff
- Managing project budgets and ensuring on-time deliverables
- Drafting policy briefs, white papers, and other written documents related to scientific policy implementation
- Meeting facilitation for large and small trans-NIH working groups
- Building relationships with clients and assessing client needs
- Working across divisions to coordinate policy-related evaluation or communication projects, including advising on website content organization and leading website content updates and changes
- Ph.D. in a scientific discipline
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a related field.
- Experience with NIH policy offices, OD, and/or extramural programs.
- Understanding of management and administrative principles and practices
- Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively interface with external clients, senior management, and staff.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team.
- Experience being proactive and taking initiative.
- Ability to work effectively in SharePoint
- Knowledge of NIH business practices, especially NIH contracting
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience at NIH
- Experience in science policy
- Ability to work across a variety of advanced technology platforms (e.g., SharePoint, MadCap Flare); Advanced skills in Word, PowerPoint and Outlook; Intermediate experience in Excel
- Experience with plain language and writing scientific content for lay audience.
- Experience in a multi-tasking environment; specifically working on multiple projects in varying stages with several project directors and points of contact.
Our employees are rewarded in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional benefits, and a range of work/life programs. Benefit offerings may include:
- Health Benefits – Health, Dental and Vision
- Life, long-term disability and other insurance products
- Health & Wellness Programs
- Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
- Retirement 401K program
- Profit sharing and bonus program
- Paid and unpaid leave
- Professional development
- Flexible schedules and work location
Vetting and Hiring Process
It is the policy of Ripple Effect Communications, Inc. that:
- qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits;
- employment eligibility will be verified using E-verify;
- applicants may be asked to participate in assessments during the interview process as described in our Informed Consent Policy; and
- applicants will not be reimbursed for any expenses associated with the interview process or relocation.
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