National Science Policy Network – Managing Director

Position: Seeking a strategic and inspiring growth-focused leader who enjoys working in a dynamic and collaborative environment and is skilled at organizational development and program management for a nonprofit that is rapidly scaling to advance the participation of early career scientists and engineers in policymaking.


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

Since its founding in 2018 by a few passionate graduate students NSPN has rapidly emerged as a vibrant and engaged national network of talented early-career scientists and engineers. In just two years, we have:

  • Cultivated a national network of 1200+ scientists and engineers from 44 U.S. states and territories, and 60 Chapters in cities and on university campuses;
  • Created the first-ever National Science Policy Symposium for early career scientists and engineers, with over 500 attendees annually;
  • Provided more than $100,000 in Microgrants and scholarship funds to support science policy, advocacy, communication, and professional development activities amongst early career scientists and engineers across the country.

The National Science Policy Network is currently led by four part-time Co-Directors and one full-time Programs and Operations Coordinator. Sixteen elected Regional and Committee Chairs make up the rest of the leadership team, managing teams of early career scientist engineers Member volunteers who drive NSPN’s programs and initiatives. As an organization created by and for early career scientists it is critical to establish an organizational structure and governance model that continues to prioritize, engage, and develop early career scientist engineers leaders while also creating space to expand the capacity of a creative staff which can drive the organization forward for a sustainable future.

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 healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable world.


The National Science Policy Network is looking for a leader to play an inaugural full-time role in expanding a movement of scientists who are trained and passionate about communicating the impact of science and technology on society to the public and policy makers. The position is newly created and is a critical next step in continuing to scale the organization. Together with an expert Advisory Board and a Leadership Council composed of elected member representatives, the Managing Director will play an integral role in formalizing NSPN’s emerging governance model, driving NSPN’s scaling and expansion strategy, and leading NSPN’s partnership strategy and while supporting NSPN’s programs and day-to-day operations. This is an opportunity to play a central role in the development and growth of a fast-paced, innovative nonprofit and the mobilization of a national network of members and local science policy groups.


If so, you are:

  • a skilled leader who inspires others through your transparency, integrity, humor, creativity, enthusiasm, optimism, and humility;
  • a strategic thinker with excellent planning, analytic, and management skills;
  • a roll-up your sleeves, “get it done” manager and team member who is comfortable in a lean start‐up environment and with a geographically distributed team that leverages collaboration over web and technology to move day-to-day operations forward;
  • an effective communicator, who can write, speak and present persuasively about NSPN’s vision, mission, and programs; and
  • an outspoken advocate for the role that newly emerging leaders can and will play in elevating science policy and bringing science-informed decision-making to the policy table at local, regional and national levels.

You will also have:

  • the desire and willingness to honor the collective needs of members as the key drivers of NSPN’s strategies, programs and operations, and to create space for everyone to be heard;
  • a deep commitment to cultivating diversity, fostering equity, and building an inclusive community of members, advisors, partners and team members;
  • a reputation for leading and growing a successful member-driven organization
  • a demonstrated ability to work effectively with, and quickly gain the respect and support of, diverse stakeholders;
  • the ability to coach, mentor, lead and serve NSPN’s mission in a way that fosters creativity, teamwork, a commitment to excellence, and mutual respect; and
  • a reputation for honesty, fairness, and high ethical standards.

Specific Candidate Requirements

  • 5-10 years of experience managing program staff or leading organizational growth and development.
  • At least 5 years of experience in facilitation, project management or partnership development, with increasing responsibility and leadership over time.
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent.


Fundraising and Budget Management – 40%  

  • Developing and managing NSPN’s relationships with current and potential funders. Identify and cultivate new funding opportunities.
  • Taking the lead on any funding-related submissions such as grant proposals and grant reporting.
  • Working collaboratively with Multiplier’s extended team to manage the project budget and cash flow, ensuring there is sufficient, ongoing funding for project expenses.
  • Overseeing annual and project-based budgeting with support from the Program Coordinators.

Organizational Development – 30%

  • Working collaboratively with the Leadership Council and advisors to develop, refine, and implement NSPN’s governance model, vision, strategy, and programmatic priorities.
  • Evaluating and revising programmatic strategy over time. Adapting the project’s growth plan, governance, staffing, communications, infrastructure, as needed.
  • Manage and motivate staff, overseeing processes such as hiring, separation, ongoing staff development, performance management, and compensation and benefits
  • Managing relationships with the project’s Advisory Board; plan and facilitate Advisory Board meetings with an eye toward leveraging their collective expertise and resources to advance NSPN’s mission. Working jointly to identify and recruit members of the project’s Advisory Board.

External Relations – 20%

  • Together with members of the elected leadership team and advisors, represent the project externally to NSPN’s stakeholders, including members, partners, funders, and the public.
  • Connect and manage collaborations with current and potential future partner institutions from academia, government, nonprofit, and international sectors.

Program Management – 10%

  • Overseeing the leadership for the project’s programmatic work. Providing leadership, direction, and support for a small staff team.


The minimum starting salary for this position is $100,000 and is negotiable based on experience. Multiplier provides a comprehensive benefits package, including excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings, and generous vacation and sick leave policy.

Location: Work from Home. Functional home office setup with reliable high-speed internet access required. Some post-pandemic U.S. -based travel will be required to conferences, meetings and industry gatherings.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. First screening will occur on May 10th, 2021. Send us your résumé/CV and cover letter to with “Managing Director” in the subject line explaining why you are interested in both this position and NSPN’s mission. Please also describe your relevant experience, qualifications, and timing of availability. We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.



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 our 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.

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