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Open Positions 

 

Policy Director for S&T Vertical

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

In 2021, the Day One Project is working to develop & implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy as well as working to build the capacity to provide support to government agencies in onboarding scientific and technical talent. The Project is seeking to onboard Policy Directors to lead two policy verticals: (1) Innovation & Entrepreneurship and (2) Technology Policy. Applicants are requested to apply to lead policy development in one of these two areas.

Responsibilities

The Policy Director will serve as the key point person driving all aspects of policy development and implementation strategy in one of these two core verticals. This includes sourcing and drafting policy proposals, orchestrating policy accelerators to engage a broader community in the policy focus area, hosting policy workshops, driving a comprehensive implementation strategy, and overseeing the day to day management of all related activities. The Project seeks a mission-driven individual with substantive policy expertise and direct experience in government capable of tapping an existing network across the legislative and executive branches to drive strategic policy development.

 

Specific responsibilities for the Policy Director include:

  • Engaging subject matter experts, current government officials, and the academic community to drive strategic policy development;

  • Sourcing, editing, and drafting policy proposals and reports in the topic area of focus;

  • Organizing policy accelerators to engage a broader community in strategic policy development in the core focus area;

  • Leading issue education and undertaking the dissemination of proposals to meet the needs of current policymakers across the federal government;

  • Supporting efforts to drive strategic communication in the core vertical;

  • Collaborating with additional Day One Project staff working on projects in the policy domain;

  • Leading the day-to-day management of the Policy vertical and overseeing the execution of all related tasks.

Experience and Qualifications

The Day One team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Policy Director and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment.

 

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • Subject matter experience and expertise in one or more of the core policy verticals of Technology & Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

  • Experience in the legislative or executive branch advancing policy with direct experience in one of our priority policy domains,

  • Possess a deep network in the legislative and executive branch to engage in advancing strategic policy development;

  • Experience managing projects and processes in policy, government or other similar organizations;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting people and building teams;

  • Experience in policy development, strategic communication, or another core aspect of the Day One Project’s work;

  • A minimum of 6-8 years of professional experience preferably working in science, technology and public policy

  • A graduate degree in public policy, law, economics or a related field is preferred;

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of the Day One Project;

 

Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

 

The Day One Project is looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

 

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV/resume and cover letter to josh@dayoneproject.org with “Policy Director Application” in the email subject line.

 

Project Manager, "Science Progress"

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

FAS and the Day One Project are hiring a Project Manager to lead a new initiative focused on bridging the gap between academic science policy research and science policy implementation. The Project Manager will be responsible for developing and executing a strategy to translate novel ideas and academic research on funding mechanisms, organizational structures, scientific workforce development, and commercialization routes for the federal government to unlock the full potential of the U.S. R&D ecosystem.

Responsibilities

The Project Manager will drive all aspects of strategy, research, policy development, external engagement with policymakers and key stakeholders, internal coordination, and the day-to-day management of all related Science Progress activities.

 

Specific responsibilities for the Project Manager include:

  • Mapping the landscape of actors, opportunities, and needs, and activating a coalition through ongoing workshops and public events that bring key stakeholders together for agenda-setting and advancement of a set of core policy ideas; 

  • Engaging a coalition of technologists and deep tech experts, the academic community,  and current government officials to drive the development of actionable policy ideas;

  • Sourcing, editing, and drafting policy proposals and reports on progress studies, science of science policy, or other disciplines that aim to shift the curve of U.S. progress upward; 

  • Helping to convert compelling ideas into policy implementation using an implementation playbook;

  • Leading issue education and undertaking the dissemination of proposals to meet the educational needs of current policymakers across the federal government;

  • Supporting efforts to drive strategic communication to raise the profile of work across the coalition;

  • Contributing to funding proposals that will sustain and enhance Science Progress work;

  • Leading the day-to-day management of the Science Progress Initiative and overseeing the execution of all related tasks;

  • Related or additional responsibilities as needs arise.

Experience and Qualifications

The FAS/Day One Project team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, dynamic, and resourceful individual with federal science policy implementation experience, along with background in academic science policy research and familiarity with the community of progress studies enthusiasts. This individual must be capable of tapping an existing network across subject matter expert communities and legislative and executive branches to drive strategic policy development and implementation. This individual must be passionate about optimizing the U.S. R&D ecosystem’s processes to maximize the nation’s potential for innovation and impact. The ideal candidate is one who is comfortable with pursuing a bold mission against the odds and who can move fluidly between an expansive, long-term strategic vision and focused, timely execution.

 

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

 

  • Experience and/or expertise in at least one of the following subjects: science of science policy, history of science and technology, economics and innovation, philosophy of science, technology and innovation, social epistemology of science;

  • Working knowledge of the U.S. R&D ecosystem, including national labs, FFRDCs, UARCs, ARPA models, public-private models, and relevant R&D agencies; 

  • Experience in or exposure to advancing policy at the legislative or executive branches;

  • Relationships in the legislative and executive branch to engage in advancing strategic policy development;

  • Experience managing projects and processes in policy, government, or other similar organizations;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks;

  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial culture, recruiting people and building teams;

  • A master’s degree in a related field or minimum of 5 years of professional experience, preferably working in or near science, technology, and/or public policy;

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of FAS and the Day One Project.

 

Compensation commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

 

FAS and the Day One Project are looking to fill this position quickly. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early submission will ensure your application receives full consideration.

 

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please send your CV/resume and cover letter to loully@dayoneproject.org with “Science Progress” in the email subject line.

 

Impact Fellow, Department of Energy: Energy Innovation Cohort

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

FAS’s Day One Project is working to develop and implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy that have a significant impact on the nation. The Day One Talent Hub is seeking four (4) Energy Innovation Impact Fellows for full-time, paid, 15-month program to enter the Office of the Under Secretary for Science within the Department of Energy (DOE). Each fellow will have a unique opportunity to engage with a DOE program office to leverage their technical and policy expertise and program management skills to support DOE in advancing key priorities within the Biden-Harris Administration’s clean energy agenda.

 

Responsibilities

 

The Energy Innovation Impact Fellows will serve a three-month, 90-day fellowship residency period with the Day One Project before entering their assignment with DOE. During the 90-day residency, the fellow will engage in programming and activities designed to prepare them for success during their 12-month service. This includes researching and developing policy ideas to support DOE’s clean energy policy agenda, engaging with policy veterans and mentors to learn best practices to be effective in the fellowship, and collaborating with other members of the cohort to build relationships and a network of support when entering service.

 

Following the residency, fellows will enter an assignment at the Department of Energy and initially be placed in the to support the Office of the Under Secretary for Science, reporting to the office’s Chief of Staff. The Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy is responsible for overseeing DOE’s activities related to research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) across 12 program offices and 13 national laboratories.

 

The specific responsibilities for the Energy Innovation Impact Fellows vary by role, but may include:

 

  • Collaborating to develop new ideas and guidance that inform multi-office research planning on crosscutting topics and key DOE initiatives;

  • Creating forums to collect input from the external stakeholder community and from across DOE and engaging with DOE leaders to revise and update DOE’s mission and goals to address the country’s energy needs; 

  • Reviewing DOE’s R&D and innovation portfolio and make strategic recommendations for how to update and augment investments to tackle climate related objectives to meet the Administration’s emissions targets;

  • Developing an integrated process model to track impact and continually update DOE’s R&D and innovation portfolio outcomes against the Department’s goals; 

  • Creating outputs tailored to specific audiences including the use of interactivity and narrative storytelling where appropriate. 

 

Experience and Qualifications

 

The Day One team and its partners at the Department of Energy are seeking entrepreneurial, experienced, and resourceful individuals who bring subject matter expertise to this fellowship and have the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. These individuals must be passionate about energy innovation and enthusiastic to serve in government. 

 

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

  • 5 to 10 years of demonstrated experience in energy science and/or policy, especially in an applied energy fields, such as solar, water, wind, hydrogen, energy storage, etc.;

  • Expertise in energy technology demonstration, manufacturing, and/or commercialization strategies and policy;

  • Experience managing teams, projects, and processes, especially using agile methodologies;

  • Experience building partnerships and collaborating across networks, working in an entrepreneurial culture, navigating ambiguous environments and leading teams;

  • Commitment to public service, diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of the Day One Project and Department of Energy;

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.


 

This fellowship will provide salary and benefits for the entirety of the 15-month duration at an annual rate ranging from $165,000 - $180,000 per year, commensurate with experience and education.

 

How to Apply


To apply, please complete our application form.

Impact Fellow, Department of Education: Data Science

Washington, D.C. — Full Time

 

The Day One Project is working to develop and implement innovative and actionable ideas in science and technology policy that have a significant impact on the nation. The Day One Talent Hub is seeking a fellow for a one-year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to lead a data analytics team within the Office of the Under Secretary at the Department of Education. The Fellow will have the unique opportunity to leverage educational data to analyze policy, build tools, deploy production applications, and collaborate on solutions that have the potential to impact and better serve the 13 million students that receive over $120 billion dollars in federal aid from the Department of Education to help pay for college or career school each year.

 

Responsibilities

 

The Education Data Science Impact Fellow will enter an assignment at the Department of Education to help lead a data science team reporting to the Deputy Under Secretary for Education. This team will leverage the use of the Department’s Financial Student Aid administrative data to better inform policy development in real-time and conduct analysis to improve the impact of federal aid investments on post-secondary education.

 

Specific responsibilities for this Education Data Science Impact Fellow include:

 

  • Team Leadership: Leading and collaborating with teammates and stakeholders in an agile, reproducible and organized manner to drive novel policy insights and outcomes.

  • Study Design and Data Analysis: Consulting with stakeholders and customers to identify the appropriate data, methodological approach, and design. This team will conduct analyses to explore/group data, test hypotheses, predict outcomes, estimate causal impacts of policy, and inform decisions.

  • Data Wrangling: Lead and work with teams to develop data products and definitions. Use appropriate analytic and statistical software to programmatically prepare data for analysis and clean imperfect data.

  • Statistical / Machine Learning Data Analysis: Conducts analyses using software and/or programming languages such as R, Python, or Scala to explore/group data, test hypotheses, predict outcomes, estimate causal impacts of policy, and inform decisions. Derive meaning from big data (i.e., datasets that may be large, disparate, unstructured, and/or complex).

  • Communication: Translate complex concepts, findings, and limitations into concise, plain language in briefs and visualizations. Closely tie findings and conclusions into the agency mission, original problem statement and team objectives. Research and design presentations and interpretations of analytical outputs tailored to specific audiences including the use of interactivity and narrative storytelling where appropriate. 

 

Experience and Qualifications

 

The Day One team and its agency partners at the Department of Education is seeking an entrepreneurial, experienced, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Lead Data Scientist on educational statistical analysis and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. This individual must be passionate about education innovation. 

 

Strong candidates should have some of the following experience and qualifications:

 

  • Experience leading data science (or applied educational research) projects from project definition, team management, and reporting;

  • Strong background in program evaluation and applied statistics or econometrics background, and in building novel data models and visualizations with large administrative datasets and experience with inferential and machine learning algorithmic approaches; 

  • Experience automating collection of data from varying sources, formats, and quality and prepare them for analysis and applying a variety of analytical approaches to solve mission focused policy, methodologies, and/or administrative problems in a fast-paced environment;

  • Ability to clearly and concisely present the findings of analytical products to policymakers and non-technical audiences;

  • Experience conducting analysis in contemporary programming or statistical software suite such as: SQL, Python, SAS, STATA, R, Tableau, and/or PowerBI;

  • Experience or interest in education policy and equitable educational outcomes;

  • Experience managing teams, projects, and processes, especially using agile methodologies, as well as in building partnerships and collaborating across networks, working in an entrepreneurial culture, navigating ambiguous environments and leading teams;

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of professional experience;

  • Commitment to public service, diversity, equity and inclusion and pursuing it within the mission of the Day One Project and Department of Education;

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.

 

Education requirement: PhD or equivalent degree, preferably in a quantitative social science discipline, public policy, education, computer science, or applied statistics.

 

This fellowship will provide salary and benefits for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate ranging from $115,000 - $130,000 per year, commensurate with experience and education.

 

How to Apply

 

To apply, please complete our application form.

About the Day One Project

The Day One Project is dedicated to democratizing the policymaking process by working with new and expert voices across the science and technology community, and helping them develop actionable policies that can improve the lives of all Americans with federal policymakers as the potential customers. 

 

The Project is housed at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), which is dedicated to delivering science-based analysis of and solutions to protect against catastrophic threats to national and international security.

FAS/Day One Project is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.