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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 each of its four policy verticals: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, National Security, Science Policy, and Technology Policy. Applicants are requested to apply to lead policy development in one of the four areas.

Responsibilities

The Policy Director will serve as the key point person driving all aspects of policy development and implementation strategy in one of the four 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 Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and/or National Security;

  • 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, "Defense Budget for the 21st Century" 

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 Project is seeking to bring on a Project Manager for a one-year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to launch a new effort promoting transformational reform in national security by modernizing the DoD resource allocation process. This project -- Defense Budget for the 21st Century -- aims to blend research & analysis, advocacy, outreach, legislative action, and strong project management discipline to tackle the most urgent, significant, and under-appreciated challenge facing the Department today. 

 

Responsibilities

 

The Project Manager will lead a project to advance strategic thinking and coalition building around a “Defense Budget for the 21st Century.” This initiative  will examine the resource allocation mechanisms for applying taxpayer funding to national security outcomes. It will seek to build innovative ideas to achieve national security efficiently, responsively, and responsibly given the complex problem space and many stakeholders in the Administration, Congress, and industry. The Project Manager will serve as the key point person driving all aspects of research, policy development, and external engagement with policymakers and key stakeholders to advance strategic planning around reforms to the DoD  budget process (known as the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution or PPBE system). This will include building a bipartisan, “big tent” community of interest around this important topic area, sourcing and drafting policy recommendations, and leading engagement with policymakers in both the executive and legislative branch, as well as extensive outreach to think tanks, academia, NGOs, and industry.

 

Specific responsibilities for the Project Manager include:

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

  • Sourcing, editing, and drafting policy ideas and other documents on the Defense budget process;

  • Leading issue education to meet the needs of current policymakers across the federal government;

  • Supporting efforts to drive strategic communications on the Defense budget process and needed reforms;

  • Overseeing project management, coordination, and stakeholder engagement, and working alongside a coalition of experienced defense reformers who will serve as a project steering committee.​

 

Experience and Qualifications

 

The Day One team is seeking an entrepreneurial, ambitious, and resourceful individual who brings subject matter expertise to the role of Project Manager on the Defense budget and has the ability to thrive in a dynamic team environment. This individual must be passionate about defense innovation and improving the government, and comfortable with pursuing a bold mission against the odds. The ideal candidate is one who can move fluidly between an expansive, long-term strategic vision and focused, timely tactical execution.

 

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

  • Experience and/or expertise in the defense, foreign policy, or national security;

  • Experience and/or expertise in budget processes, ideally PPBE or the NDAA;

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

  • 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 minimum of 3-5 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 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 loully@dayoneproject.org with “Defense Budget Project Manager” in the email subject line.

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.