Climate Program Office Program Specialist III/IV

9 November 2017

This position is for a Program Specialist position for the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) Program as part of the Climate Program Office for the benefit of the program’s scientific community and its stakeholders.  The MAPP program is one of three programs that constitute the Climate Program Office/Earth System Science and Modeling Division portfolio. The incumbent is responsible for providing research expertise and leadership in the development of scientific and programmatic plans and their implementation for the MAPP Program, whose mission is to enhance the capability to understand, predict, and project variability and changes in Earth's climate system. The incumbent will play a leadership role in all aspects of the MAPP program including contributing to and/or providing vision and strategy for attaining program goals, program implementation, program representation and outreach.

Where You Will Work

This position will be located in Silver Spring, MD

What You Will Do

Program Planning:

  • Participate in the development of programmatic planning for the MAPP program elements in the areas of climate modeling, predictions, analysis, projections and their applications.
  • Participate in Climate Program Office planning activities, providing information and expertise regarding the MAPP program area as required.
  • Provide senior level advice and guidance in the design and planning of activities, projects that are clear, timely and consistent with established policies, objectives and regulations, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate program planning with relevant partners, e.g. as part of USGCRP or WCRP activities.

Program Implementation:

  • Contribute to the formulation of the program's annual spending plan within prescribed guidelines.
  • Manage the portfolio of funded projects, assessing scientific progress of funded investigators and program’s effectiveness interfacing with funded scientists and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the work of large teams of grant funded investigators to meet program’s goals.
  • Organize and coordinate the program activities in synergy with other team members and other office divisions.

Program Representation, Liaison and Integration:

  • Maintain and/or advance the creation of new productive partnerships including working groups and task forces to better coordinate activities, facilitate program integration, and enhance the effectiveness of meeting climate mission goal.
  • Represent the program at scientific and programmatic meetings nationally or internationally, as appropriate.
  • Communicate the outcomes of MAPP Program related projects to various scientific and professional communities and to society through development of documents, presentations, and/or content for the Climate Program office web portal, as appropriate.
  • Lead the development of scientific and programmatic papers on topics of relevance to program goals.

In order to qualify for the Program Specialist IV position, the following skills/experience must be met:

  • Provides intellectual leadership for programmatic planning in assigned areas.
  • Develops a vision and strategy for the assigned program areas of the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections as part of the Climate Program Office in support of the MAPP Program Director, determining key stakeholder needs, program goals, implementation plans and Announcements of Opportunity.
  • Develops the solicitation for new research opportunities and oversees the proposal peer review and selection process for proposals submitted to the MAPP program.
  • Leads the organization of MAPP program meetings to achieve program goals.
  • Manages to the formulation of the program's annual spending plan within prescribed guidelines. 

What You Need

Program Specialist III:

  • Master’s degree in Earth system science discipline (Meteorology, Oceanography, Earth system science, etc.) or public administration, and at least three years of relevant program experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced understanding of the principles and concepts of Earth system science with specialized knowledge of climate research and modeling and their applications to predictions and projections.
  • Research experience in the field of Earth system science with understanding of project management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make public presentations, write articles and develop outreach material for the MAPP website, emphasizing communication of technical/scientific material to non-technical audiences.
  • Advanced skill in effectively evaluating constituent needs and political and technical environments and to prepare program strategy to meet the needs.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks with short turnaround time and tasks that require long-term planning and sustained implementation over the course of a year.
  • Ability to successfully interact with diverse set of people including large teams of scientists, administrative staff, other program managers, and public affairs personnel.
  • Good understanding of the climate community and its stakeholders; government research programs and international research programs.
  • Understanding of budget and proposal development, implementation, and monitoring
  • Ability to work with technologies that enable virtual meetings, telecoms, telework.
  • Ability to work well with a team in a cooperative environment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally/internationally up to 10% of worktime.
  • Ability to be dependable and handle confidential/sensitive information in a manner consistent with UCAR policy, acting with integrity and exhibiting behavior that merits public trust and confidence.  This applies to both confidential information belonging to UCAR, as well as confidential information received during employment at UCAR pertaining to any third party.

In addition to the above qualifications, a Program Specialist IV must have:

  • Master’s degree in Earth system science discipline (Meteorology, Oceanography, Earth system science, etc.) or public administration, and at least five years of relevant program experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent managerial and programmatic skills that include the ability to plan and implement a research portfolio and manage fiscal resources.
  • Advanced skill to identify scientific program opportunities and problems and devising plans for bridging gaps.
  • Advanced understanding of budget and proposal development, implementation and monitoring.

Other Requirements:

  • This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance requirements.

Desired Skills

  • PhD in a science discipline

What's In It for You

  • Compensation
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Benefits (Medical and Dental)
  • Retirement Plan
  • And more!

How to Apply

Please visit UCAR Silkroad to apply.

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