Science Officer: Disaster Resilience at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

August 26, 2021 |  

Science Officer—Disaster Resilience
California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

Sacramento, CA


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume at our application portal.  The cover letter should explain your interest in the position and your relevant skills and experience. Please consider answering the voluntary questions on demographic data and where you learned about this position – this information helps us understand how we can continue to improve our recruitment and hiring processes to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce.



Join Our Science Services Team!

The mission of our Science Services Team is to understand and inform public policy conversations to enhance the impact of science and technology (S&T) in addressing California’s most pressing challenges.  Through partnerships with California’s S&T experts, research institutions, State agencies, the Legislature, and other nonprofit organizations, we help build a more resilient and equitable future for all Californians and promote California’s global leadership in science, technology, and innovation.

You will join our team at a moment when opportunities for change and needs for credible science advice are aligned and growing.  CCST is expanding our team as we innovate the delivery of science advisory support to be more proactive in delivering the independent, evidence-based, and credible advice needed to meet society’s most pressing problems today – and in the future.  You will build new partnerships and processes to enhance the delivery of transdisciplinary solutions that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion and inform the development of policies that benefit all of California’s people and communities.


About CCST

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 S&T.  Our formation reflected the recognition that California’s most pressing public policy issues require solutions that engage the State’s extraordinary research and innovation enterprise.  CCST works with partners in the research, government, and philanthropic sectors to build more agile, inclusive, and impactful S&T advisory frameworks; elevatepolicymaker 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. Our core values of service, independence, and partnership are anchored in our foundational commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Read more about our mission, vision, values, and team here.



The Science Officer is a key member of our science services team and will support CCST’s Disaster Resilience Initiative, a public-private partnership centered on strengthening the delivery of science advice to meet California’s most pressing challenges and build resilience to disasters. Specifically, the Science Officer will focus on managing projects and evaluating programs that are part of the Disaster Resilience Initiative.  This role includes managing people, project ideation, resources, and contracts.  The duties of this position may include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of experts
  • Strategy and process design
  • Management of project budget and resources, including contracts
  • Data collection/compilation and analysis
  • Oversight of planning, writing, and editing of project deliverables
  • Writing project proposals and summary documents

Success in this position will require strong leadership, problem-solving skills, initiative, adaptability, and the ability to thrive in a talented, motivated, and dynamic team.

The successful candidate will be a team player, skilled communicator, hard worker, and eager to learn and grow with us.  They will be comfortable challenging the status quo and discussing creative ideas or changes to existing processes.  They will also possess professional skills to manage stakeholders at all levels, toward the goal of providing timely and relevant S&T information to State policymakers.



This position reports directly to the Director of Science Services and works closely with CCST staff and other CCST stakeholders.



60-75% Manage projects to deliver timely, credible, and independent S&T advice, informed by considerations of equity, to inform key policy decisions by the State relevant to disaster resilience.

  • Perform outreach, conduct literature reviews, and lead development of the scope of work for projects (e.g. peer-reviewed reports, expert briefings, and expert convenings).
  • Manage staff and expert participation, project budget timelines, and evaluation.
  • Coordinate regular project steering committee meetings, including the preparation of associated materials.
  • Manage peer review process, layout, and technical editing processes for publications.
  • Work with CCST Communications staff to develop marketing and media materials related to projects.

15% Conduct outreach and build academic/research, private sector, and philanthropic partnerships to proactively identify emerging opportunities and priority needs for S&T advice to inform policy.

  • Engage with thought leaders, including policymakers, S&T experts, philanthropists, and community leaders, to understand information needs and identify gaps.
  • Plan and support CCST leadership engagements with policymakers and other key stakeholders.
  • Collaborative with funders to identify resources and common focus issues.
  • Present CCST’s work at conferences and other professional meetings to support information exchange, expand CCST’s network, and raise the profile of the organization.

15-25% Lead technical maintenance and administration of CCST’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database (Salesforce) to unlock the power of our network engagements.

  • Lead development of CCST CRM processes, practices, and formats to enhance database effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Perform routine data entry and analysis to maintain currency of the database and inform strategic engagement planning and assessment.
  • Lead user training, skills refresh, and related documentation.



  • Bachelor’s degree. Demonstrated experience in managing projects can be used to satisfy education requirement.
  • A high degree of accountability, including recognized ability to manage a project transparently and meet multiple deadlines by organizing, prioritizing, and planning work activities according to established timelines and schedules. Must be able to use sound judgement in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and ability to synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to continuous learning and collaboration, with ability to work as a team member within an established office structure, as well as ability to work in a remote or virtual environment as necessary.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Working knowledge of administrative procedures, processes, and tools including word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.



  • Master’s degree or prior experience working as a program manager or similar in a relevant field.
  • Prior experience working with a CRM database such as Salesforce.



$50,000 – $75,000



  • Competitive salary and 403b match
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Relocation assistance
  • Some telework may be negotiable following our return to the office
  • Opportunity to make an impact – help build the future and do meaningful work every day that inspires you!



Application review is ongoing and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 


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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