Program Assistant at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

June 25, 2021 |  

Program Assistant at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

Sacramento, CA


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].  The cover letter should be page 1 of your resume and sent as one PDF. The letter should specifically outline the reasons for your interest in the position, your particular skills and experience directly related to this position, and how you learned about the job opportunity.


About CCST

California’s most pressing public policy issues require solutions that engage the State’s extraordinary research and innovation enterprise.  The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) works to meet this need. CCST is a nonpartisan nonprofit created via the California Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California’s leading scientists and research institutions on policy issues involving science and technology (S&T). Despite California’s rich intellectual capital and long tradition of crafting future-facing policies, structural barriers prevent its policymakers from readily accessing the S&T expertise in research institutions resident in the state.  CCST works with a range of government, research, and philanthropic partners to build more agile, inclusive, and impactful S&T advisory frameworks; elevate policymaker awareness of the S&T contributions of California’s research institutions; and foster a more diverse and inclusive network of S&T-savvy policy leaders.

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Core values

The pillars of our organizational identity, our core values of service, independence, and partnership are anchored in our foundational commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Service: We are driven by a desire to serve and see S&T applied to public policies that provide all Californians with opportunities to participate and prosper.  We connect our diverse network of S&T experts with policymakers to help them fulfill their missions.
  • Independence:  As a nongovernmental, nonpartisan institution, we operate independently of organizations and individuals with a stake in the outcome of State policy decisions. We engage inclusively with S&T experts from a broad range of disciplines and lived experiences, serving as honest brokers of their knowledge and perspectives.
  • Partnership: We work across institutions, partnering with academic, research, governmental, philanthropic, and other communities to leverage their collective expertise and diverse perspectives to fulfill our mission.


Position Overview: Program Assistant

The Program Assistant provides program and communications support to the design, delivery, and promotion of CCST studies, workshops, briefings, and other science advisory services. They play a critical role in communicating information to enable California to strengthen its policies with science and technology.  Their work strengthens the interface between public policy and cutting-edge science and technology—toward the goal of a more resilient and equitable future for all Californians and in support of California’s continued leadership in research and innovation.

This position focuses on day-to-day program implementation and science communication, ensuring that deadlines are met and that objectives are achieved.  The position is located in Sacramento, although remote work may be considered.


Reporting Relationships

Position reports directly to the Director of Science Services and Senior Communications Officer and works closely with CCST staff, partner institution staffs, experts, and other CCST stakeholders.


Primary Responsibilities

50% Disaster Resilience Initiative program support

  • Conduct literature reviews and track legislation to support the development of the scope of work for selected CCST disaster resilience projects, including but not limited to peer reviewed reports, workshops, and expert briefings.
  • Lead logistical planning and execution of in-person or virtual expert briefings, including by developing event timelines, coordinating team meetings, driving team workflow, developing invitations and programs, and managing RSVP lists.
  • Assist in broadening CCST’s engagement with science and technology experts across the state and developing innovative ways to engage CCST’s network of experts.
  • Assist in carrying out state-focused outreach efforts through logistics planning and targeted research.


50% Digital engagement support

  • Develop graphics and marketing materials for programs, events, or conferences.
  • Promote CCST studies, workshop proceedings, and expert briefings by drafting media press releases and assisting in the development of concise summaries of key findings.
  • Promote attendance at CCST events through email and social media marketing and assist with capturing event attendee and stakeholder feedback via surveys.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or 2+ years of professional experience in science communications or government affairs.
  • Excellent writing under tight deadlines and quick-response situations; ability to distill complex and/or technical topics for diverse, non-expert audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, including the ability to work as a member of a collaborative and inclusive team. Maturity and emotional intelligence to work effectively with leaders and outside stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization while also remaining flexible.
  • Ability to quickly learn tools in use by the CCST team to contribute to projects.
  • Ability to work productively in a remote or virtual environment as necessary.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality
  • Passion for the mission of CCST and commitment to upholding our core values and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our team and work.


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), WordPress, email marketing platforms, Google Suite, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • High degree of initiative and a history as an accomplished self-starter.
  • Basic knowledge of graphic design, photography, digital video, creative direction, and web publishing, and/or experience working with professional vendors.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement work projects, including by designing timelines and schedules and coordinating with other staff and stakeholders.


Salary Range

$40,000 – $60,000



  • Competitive salary and 403b match
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Relocation assistance
  • Flexible, hybrid remote/on-site work schedule
  • Huge nonprofit vision: we need you to build the future and do meaningful work every day that motivates you!


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Application review will begin July 23rd.



The California Council on Science and Technology is an equal opportunity employer. We make hiring decisions based on qualifications, merit, and our organization’s business needs. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy, or any such status protected under federal, state, or local law.

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