Policy and Advocacy Director, Science & Technology
Research!America is the nation’s leading nonprofit membership alliance advocating for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. As Policy and Advocacy Director, Science & Technology, reporting to the Vice President of Advocacy Programs and Initiatives, your primary focus will be managing our non-partisan Science and Technology Action Committee (STAC) to help shape and implement the committee’s agenda. Committee members are drawn from the highest echelon of nonprofit, academic, foundation, and corporate institutions to advocate for significant increases in U.S. investment in science and technology that will secure U.S. global leadership in scientific innovation. As an expert on the intersection of politics, policy, and advocacy with deep knowledge of the legislative and executive branches of government, particularly the appropriations cycle, you will develop and drive initiatives to build on this agenda and advance STAC’s goals.
Enactment of legislation, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act in 2021 and 2022, has presented us with the opportunity to build on these accomplishments by working to secure federal appropriations to fully fund the legislation as well as help ensure successful implementation. The ability to work independently and skillfully network with top-level executives on the STAC Committee and advocate effectively with national and state leaders will be central to your success in this role.
You will also ensure the committee runs smoothly; provide timely briefing and follow-up for all meetings, making sure relevant information is shared; work with STAC co-chairs and consultants to get buy-in and approvals; coordinate competing schedules; communicate differences in policy and points of view; and identify areas where the committee can harness and utilize capabilities to respond to political developments quickly.
With the U.S. engaged in fierce competition with China for world leadership in science, technology, and innovation, our leadership in the global economic arena can no longer be taken for granted. To address urgent national challenges, including public health and health care, environment and climate change, food and water security, and energy production, utilization and storage, STAC is driving an advocacy agenda to double federal investments in S&T research relative to U.S. GDP, elevate scientific leadership to the highest levels of the government, and increase coordination on S&T policy across federal agencies.
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Research!America is a nonprofit medical and health research advocacy alliance that advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. Together with our member organizations that represent a vast array of medical, health, and scientific fields, our goals are: (1) Achieve funding for medical and health research from the public and private sectors at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. (2) Better inform the public of the benefits of medical and health research and the institutions that perform research. (3) Motivate the public to actively support medical and health research and the complementary sciences that make advances possible. (4) Promote and empower a more active public and political life by individual members of the research community on behalf of medical and health research, public health, and science overall.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Research!America – Policy and Advocacy Director, Science & Technology #2023-2767 SA” as the subject of the email.
Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Director of Government Affairs, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Director of Federal Advocacy, Senior Associate, Legislative Director.
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Internally this position title is: Director of Science and Technology Initiatives
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