[ES_JOBS_NET] Job Opening: Program Officer, Earth/Ocean Sciences National Geographic Society

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Aug 21 21:37:45 MDT 2016

> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: "Thornton, Christopher" <cthornto at ngs.org>
>> Subject: Job Opening: Program Officer, Earth/Ocean Sciences
>> Dear Grantees and Explorers,
>> We are currently looking to hire a Program Officer to manage grants in
our new "Changing Planet" division, and we need your help to find suitable
applicants.  We are looking for someone with a PhD or equivalent in Earth
or Ocean Sciences who could read and assess applications in geology,
physical geography, oceanography, climatology, and paleontology.  This is a
"post-doc" level position with potential for professional growth within the
National Geographic Society.  This person would have to be based in
Washington DC, or willing to move here permanently.
>> The position description can be accessed here or by going through the
main website:   www.nationalgeographic.com/jobs/
>> I've also included the description below.  Please feel free to pass this
around to anyone you think might be interested, and encourage them to reach
out to me if they have any questions.
>> Best wishes,
>> Chris
>> ***********************************************
>> Christopher Thornton, PhD
>> Senior Director, Cultural Heritage
>> Vice-Chair (interim), Committee for Research and Exploration
>> National Geographic Society
>> +1-202-862-5284
>> ***********************************************
>> Summary
>> The Program Officer (PO) works in close collaboration with the Senior
Director of Operations, the Database Manager, and the Senior Director of
the “Our Changing Planet” lens, with the primary responsibility of
administrating and developing the innovative grant making for the Changing
Planet lens. The PO is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the daily
operations of Research, Conservation, Storytelling and Education grants in
the disciplines of Geology, Oceanography, Paleontology, Physical Geography,
and Sustainability. The PO ensures consistent and timely grant processing
for the Changing Planet lens, and recruits new explorers and projects from
the disciplines mentioned above. The PO prepares reports of grant making
activities, disseminates the results of these grants to interested parties,
and is the liaison between researchers, committee members, grantees,
professional and conservation organizations, and internal NGS and NGP
divisions. The PO promotes grantees through all NGS and NGP media divisions
and communicates with grantees and NG divisions to develop story/media
opportunities. The PO organizes “Closer Look” lectures by grantees and
helps to shepherd grantees among editorial units when they visit the NG
>> Responsibilities
>> Reviews requests for funding within the Changing Planet lens. Identifies
qualified requests based on eligibility, timeliness, project plan accuracy,
viability of methodology, currency and significance of the topic, and
relevance to the priorities of the lens (25%)
>> Provides feedback to potential and repeat applicants before grant
proposal submission, including improvements for project planning and
design. Provides technical and specific support to grantees during all
phases of grant-making process and project implementation (25%)
>> Promotes grantees through all NGS/NGP departments by notifying them of
new grants and highlighting projects with good media potential. Draws on
expertise to provide scientific context to interested media units.
Communicates with grantees to identify story/media opportunities and stays
apprised of new discoveries, high profile academic publications, and/or
media-friendly results. Serves as point of contact or liaison between
grantees and NG media units, and tracks media coverage of grantees (25%)
>> Recruits potential explorers and projects through domestic and
international professional conferences, meetings, special events, and site
visits (10%)
>> Supports Lens Lead (Senior Director) of the Changing Planet lens on
designing strategic priorities, planning of new initiatives, and adaptively
managing overall mission and metrics of grant portfolio (5%)
>> From the grantee pool, works with Lens Lead to identify potential
projects to scale up, especially those that align within the lens’ current
strategic framework (5%)
>> Provides scientific support to management team through the pipeline for
scale projects related to the Changing Planet lens (5%)
>> Minimum Education Required
>> Master’s degree required; Ph.D. preferred.
>> Minimum Years and Type of Experience
>> 5-7 years of related experience in Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences,
Paleontology, and/or Sustainability required.  Experience in grant-making
and Ocean science and/or conservation preferred
>> Knowledge and Skill Requirements
>> Excellent multitasking and interpersonal skills essential.  Oral and
written communication skills are a necessity as is knowledge of MS Office.
Knowledge of ArcGIS, Microedge GIFTS, visual media and databases
preferred.  Strong understanding of scientific method, knowledge of current
trends in field research is helpful along with a demonstrated interest in
the conservation of the earth's cultural and natural resources.
>> Supervision
>> None
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