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15 Feb 2022

Full-Time Director of Programs

National Science Policy Network – Posted by Jenelledowling Anywhere

Job Description

Position details: Full-time, permanent senior staff position

Location: Remote. Potential for in-person meetings, retreats or events, dependent on the situation with COVID-19.


The mission of the National Science Policy Network is to catalyze the engagement of early career scientists and engineers in policy-making by fostering community, training the next generation of leaders, and empowering advocates for the role of science in society. 

The National Science Policy Network is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world.


The Director of Programs is a core member of NSPN’s senior staff, reporting to the Managing Director and partnering closely with members of the Executive Leadership Team. The Director of Programs provides primary support and oversight of the central tenet of our mission: engaging early career scientists and engineers in policymaking. They serve as the leader in developing, implementing, and evaluating opportunities for early career STEM professionals to find science policy community, training, and impact. The Director of Programs will supervise a growing team of program coordinators and implementers, and develop their performance and success, while serving as a mentor and strategic advisor.

This role serves as the key representative of our programs, elevating the perspectives of all individuals who lead and participate in programs, to support and guide growth of the organization. The Director of Programs leads the development and execution of all program strategies in line with the organization’s strategic vision, and oversees diverse programs run by internal staff, committees, chapters, and partners.


  • Maintain a landscape understanding of the current priorities and initiatives taking place throughout the science policy community.
  • Provide thought leadership and refine and update current program strategy/plan, and execute on the plan going forward, updating annually and as needed as conditions change and opportunities arise.
  • Represent programs, staff, and participants and communicate opportunities and needs to the Managing Director and Associate Director so that they are reflected in organizational strategy, budget, and growth plan.
  • Manage, support, and mentor a team of 3-10 program coordinators and implementers, and foster constant two-way communication between the programs team and others throughout the organization.
  • Identify needs and support recruitment for future coordinators, consultants, and contractors.
  • Develop and monitor the budget for programs, working with executive leadership to ensure that resources and strategic priorities are aligned.
  • Consistently document and share program/participant experience and storytelling updates with communications team and relevant committees, etc.
  • Oversee portfolio of 4+ core programs, as well as 10+ committee, chapter, and partner led programs and grant opportunities. Core programs include member training and professional development, such as SciPol Scholars and SciDEAL, the annual Science Policy Memo Competition, and more.
  • Oversee daily program operations including but not limited to: program planning and delivery, training/curriculum development and refinement, collaboration with internal and external partners, and budget monitoring.
  • Evaluate program impact by using existing established quantitative and qualitative assessment tools, and/or custom designing tools when needed. Share results with relevant colleagues org-wide, and incorporate data and feedback in each new program cycle.
  • Empower internal staff, committees, chapters, and partners to confidently deliver programs to our members and public by providing strong resources and supporting guidance.
  • Raise awareness for NSPN’s programs and activities to other organizations through partner relationships, speaking engagements, and in collaborations with the communications team.
  • Build grassroots support and enthusiasm for NSPN and our programs through in-person engagements on campuses, at conferences, etc., when safe to do so with regard to COVID-19.


We welcome people with diverse identities, experiences and perspectives to apply. Strong candidates will possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following:

  • First and foremost, a passion for NSPN’s mission and vision and enthusiasm for science policy and advocacy.
  • Ability to effectively and enthusiastically represent NSPN to the public and various stakeholders.
  • Commitment to NSPN’s value of centering equity and inclusion in our work.
  • Ability to delegate tasks, support others, and take instruction, and awareness of when it’s best to do one versus the other.
  • Flexibility and comfort with experimentation, iteration, and change as part of a young, dynamic, and growing organization.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; adept at managing many moving pieces.
  • Ability to work independently and highly motivated to tackle projects with minimal direction.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize time and tasks and navigate challenges and obstacles as they arise.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for engaging and sustaining strong partnerships within STEMM, public policy, and/or student communities.
  • At least 3 years of experience in project management, facilitation, partnership development, and evaluation, with increasing responsibility and leadership over time.
  • At least 2 years of experience managing staff or volunteer teams.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • High level of familiarity and comfort with Google apps, Slack, Zoom and other online collaboration, project management, and communication platforms.


  • Position is a 100% FTE employee of Multiplier.
  • Starting salary for this position is $65,000 and is negotiable based on experience.
  • Multiplier provides a comprehensive benefits package, including excellent medical and dental benefits, matched 401k retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.
  • Professional development, continued education, mentoring and advising opportunities supported by the organization.


  • This position is remote and some travel for events and meetings will be expected (~10-20%), depending on the situation with COVID-19.
  • A travel budget is provided for work-related travel.


Multiplier and the National Science Policy Network celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and NSPN are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and NSPN prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send your résumé/CV and one-page cover letter to [email protected] with “Director of Programs” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position, and your relevant experience and qualifications. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: advocacy, leadership, program management, science policy, and STEM. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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