SciPol Scholars Program Coordinator – National Science Policy Network

Title: SciPol Scholars Program Coordinator
Status: Part-time, (30-40 hours per month)
Location: Remote

Position details: The SciPol Scholars program coordinator will lead and run our Science Policy Scholars In-Residence program, which provides intensive training and professional development for bi-annual cohorts of early career scientists and engineers (twice per year). Ideal start January/February 2022.

The mission of the National Science Policy Network is to engage early career STEM professionals in policy-making by fostering community, training the next generation of leaders, and empowering advocates for the role of science in society. National Science Policy Network is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world.

The goal of the SciPol Scholars-in-Residence (SPSR) program is to harness the talent within our network, provide experiential learning for our members, and to provide opportunities for motivated early career researchers to do mission-driven work with our partner organizations. The program consists of a two-part application process for potential Scholars, a six-week bootcamp course, and a six-month part-time, virtual residency in a host office.

The SciPol Scholars Coordinator will serve as the primary coordinator and convenor to ensure successful execution of all aspects of the program. The coordinator will work closely with other NSPN staff, selected SciPol Scholars, writing consultants, guest speakers, and selected host organizations to ensure that the dates, curricula, speakers, and other professional development events effectively further NSPN’s mission. They will coordinate meetings and logistics with these parties to ensure that all preparations are on schedule and relevant communication, training, and evaluation processes are timely. Planning, preparing for, and evaluating the program is a year-round process, however the work is likely to be busiest around the actual Bootcamp courses in March and October.

The SciPol Scholars Coordinator will have the opportunity to pursue their own professional development opportunities through NSPN, as well as meet and collaborate regularly with a small team of coordinators.

Oversee the Scholar experience as scholars go from being applicants to alumni. For each cohort, this entails coordinating the application process, facilitating six weekly Science Policy Bootcamp courses, and supporting matching Scholars with Residency Host Offices. With support from the NSPN Program Director, you will:

  • Prepare and distribute an application for the SciPol Scholars program, in partnership with the communications and member engagement teams,
  • Assemble and oversee a committee to review applications for the SciPol Scholars program,
  • Organize speakers, schedule, and assignments for the SciPol Scholars Bootcamp,
  • Liaise with partner organizations to prepare position descriptions, identify mentors, and document expectations for SciPol Scholars-in-Residence,
  • Plan and oversee Scholar placement process, matching Scholars with partner organizations,
  • Document all training, project planning, mentorship, and other materials to support future iterations of the SPSR program.
  • Lead the collection of feedback and other program evaluations processes, with support and guidance from NSPN leadership.

We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experience:

  • First and foremost, a passion for NSPN’s mission and vision and enthusiasm for the SciPol Scholars Program.
  • Commitment to NSPN’s value of centering equity, inclusion and justice in all of our work.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently and tackle projects with minimal direction.
  • Flexibility and comfort with experimentation, iteration, and change as part of a young, dynamic, and growing organization.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize time and tasks and navigate challenges and obstacles as they arise.
  • Thoughtful, clear, and concise communication skills, whether communicating with NSPN colleagues or with diverse program participants and stakeholders.
  • High level of familiarity and comfort with Google apps, Slack, Zoom and other online collaboration and communication platforms.
  • Ability to schedule and manage individual appointments via Zoom or other video conferencing platform.
  • Experience managing teams and coordination of training programs and/or virtual events is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with policy memos and/or other policy-relevant writing formats (white papers, one pagers, policy briefs, etc.) is preferred.
  • Experience as a mentor or other professional development role is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.

Part-time at an hourly rate of $25/hr. Some benefits (retirement matching).

This position is remote and has no expectations for travel.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. First screening will occur on January 5th. Send us your résumé/CV and cover letter to with “SciPol Scholars Coordinator” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position, and describe your relevant experience and qualifications. 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 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.

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