Program Officer

Maryland, United States
$51,975 - $71,497
28 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classified Title: Program Officer 
Working Title: Program Officer ​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD 
Starting Salary Range: $51,975 - $71,497 / Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm / 37.5 hrs per wk
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001093-Center for a Livable Future 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General Summary/Purpose

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is seeking a Program Officer (PO) to contribute to a range of work supporting its Seafood, Public Health & Food Systems (SPHFS) Project as well as center-wide initiatives involving public health research, education and practice activities. The SPHFS Project aims to increase awareness, expand the relevant evidence base, and advance policy goals in support of a healthy, equitable, and sustainable supply of farmed and wild seafood products. Working under the supervision of the Project Director, and closely with the entire SPHFS Project team and other CLF staff, the PO provides technical, programmatic, and administrative assistance on public health and the food system topics tied (primarily) to aquaculture and fisheries, but also to other CLF areas of focus such as the food system & climate change, food equity, food animal production, food system resilience, food policy & governance, etc.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Specific roles and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Coordinate multiple aspects of seafood-related research, education and policy activities;

  • Contribute to and/or initiate the development of grant proposals, IRB documents, manuscripts, reports to funding organizations, --and the monitoring of project and activity budgets;
  • Manage the recruitment and selection process and oversight for graduate research assistants;
  • Working closely with CLF colleagues, coordinate the development of and generate content for a range of communication materials, including fact sheets, blogs, etc. as needed in support of project and CLF objectives;
  • Conduct active surveillance of seafood issues with implications for public health and food systems; read relevant literature (peer-reviewed articles and media coverage) to become familiar with and stay informed of the latest scientific findings in relevant fields;
  • Conduct outreach and organizing activities to develop a network of organizations and individuals focused on the seafood/public health/food systems nexus;
  • Play a lead role in organizing and convening seafood-oriented meetings and events for CLF;
  • Collaborate with CLF colleagues to develop and implement strategic work plans and evaluation activities in order to effectively advance an understanding of the seafood/public health and food systems relationship within various arenas and cultivate synergies with other facets of CLF’s work;
  • Represent CLF as assigned in select arenas, serve as a liaison and collaborator with multiple organizations that complement CLF’s resources and expertise;
  • Speak publicly at key events;
  • Contribute to center-wide initiatives, working closely with other CLF projects and program areas as appropriate;
  • Work closely with CLF’s communications and public affairs teams to produce needed science translation materials and social media products;
  • Draft and coordinate processing of internal approval documents (e.g., Activity Brief Approvals, Research Brief Approvals, Travel requests, etc.) for the Seafood, Public Health & Food Systems Project to ensure adherence to the center’s and JHU policy and procedures;
  • Assist in orienting and training new staff members;
  • Work closely with CLF finance, administrative and program staff in all areas to ensure timely and compliant use of funds per workplans and approved budgets;
  • Perform other roles and responsibilities at CLF as needed and agreed upon with the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree required (in public health, aquaculture, fisheries, environmental sciences, natural resource management, political science, or a related field),
  • Four (4) years of related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Six (6) years of related experience.
  • Relevant work experience on food systems issues; with networks; and/or within an academic environment, university system or with non-profit organizations is a plus.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated critical thinker, problem solver, and skills in project management. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of MS Office Suite software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint –and experience in analysis and presentation of information.
  • Exceptional organizational, writing, and research skills in public health and food system topic areas.
  • Ability to conduct data analysis, using STATA, SAS or other research software.
  • Ability to read and interpret a variety of reports and to input, manage, and extract reports and other information from databases in preparing oral and/or written presentations to CLF research, education, communication, and leadership teams.
  • Demonstrated public speaking ability.
  • Occasional domestic and international travel may be required.
  • Experience publishing reports and/or papers in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues as an effective team member.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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