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How People Learn II: The Science and Practice of Learning

Senior Program Officer Position


HPL2L2The National Research Council seeks a Senior Program Officer (SPO) for a project on the Science and Practice of Learning which will revise and extend the previous NRC report, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (National Research Council, 2000). The work will be overseen by the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences in collaboration with the Board on Science Education. The project will span 24 months and will result in a consensus report with recommendations and conclusions for educators, policy makers, students and other stakeholders. The SPO will implement and oversee a dissemination plan to develop products and activities (e.g., a handbook for practitioners) to increase the overall value and impact of the report.

The candidate will minimally hold a master’s degree with six years of related professional experience, two of which were in a supervisory capacity. A Ph.D. in psychology (such as cognitive science, neuroscience, developmental psychology, educational psychology or the learning sciences) or related field is highly preferred. Skill in organizing and leading experts from a variety of fields to discuss and work on policy issues from an evidence-based stance.

Candidates will have the ability to solve intellectual problems of substantial variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity. They will have a demonstrated proficiency in communicating scientific/technical/policy information and strong program/project management skills. They should have previous knowledge or experience with research on learning and education and/or public consumption of those topics is highly desired and have the ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. They should have excellent written and communication skills with a proven ability to develop relationships with diverse external stakeholder communities.

The SPO will be responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects and is responsible to develop project strategies, staffing requirements and ensures the project meets its stated objectives. He/she will serve as the liaison between committee members, the National Academies, and other applicable parties and will independently supervise staff. Requiring advanced knowledge, incumbent performs work primarily of an intellectual and/or analytical nature and will have full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring, training, and performance management for assigned staff. The SPO will provide innovative solutions to complex problems that impact the program's or project’s success. He/she will report directly to the Board Director.

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