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

December 2, 2019 |  

Senior Program Associate, California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)

Location: 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 and your particular skills and experience directly related to this position.

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 science. California’s policies are stronger with science, and CCST is uniquely qualified as an expert organization, modeled after the National Academies of Sciences, to convene a statewide network of experts across disciplines and institutions.

CCST Values

Integrity We are proud of all of our interactions and products – they represent the best of us.

Teamwork We build on each other’s strengths and are generous with our time and expertise.  We help each other shine.

Innovation We are empowered to try new ways to engage and connect science to policy.  We are building the future, not merely maintaining the status quo.

Drive We push ourselves to achieve more and better results.

Adaptability We are nimble and flexible within a quickly changing landscape.

Humility We are always learning, self-reflective, and seeking to be of service.

Laughter Lots of it, especially when the chips are down.

Job Overview

The CCST Senior Program Associate will focus on partner engagement and enhance long-lasting, meaningful impact in the California academic and research communities by building and deepening the relationships and strategic partnerships necessary to bring important research and ideas directly from the scientific community to California decision makers. The CCST Senior Program Associate will also manage the performance of key CCST programs and projects including but not limited to updating the CCST Federal Labs Impact Report, coordinating CCST’s annual site visit, and developing and engaging with the CCST Advisory Panel.

Success in this position will require a candidate who sees the whole landscape in which CCST operates and thinks outside the box for creative ways to engage and be of service. The successful candidate will challenge the status quo, and be comfortable discussing innovative ideas or changes to existing circumstances in order to effectively implement them whenever possible. The selected candidate must also be a team player, skilled communicator, hard worker, and savvy in building trust with external and internal stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

45% Identify opportunities, develop, and oversee collaborations and strategic alliances between research and education institutions, businesses, the State government and others, to inform the State’s interests related to science and technology policy.

  • Particular focus on outreach and engagement with Academic and Research Institution partnerships – including managing existing relationships with CCST’s Partner Institutions.
  • Develop new strategies to further and strengthen CCST’s connections with academic experts across the state.
  • Set up systematic strategies for “reporting” back to Partner Institutions on work that CCST does in incorporating their experts.
  • Track performance of new initiatives designed to increase partner engagement in CCST science services and events.
  • Track important issues for Partner Institutions and coordinate conference calls and meetings, when appropriate.
  • Update/maintain Federal Labs Impact Report: “California’s Federal Labs and Research Centers: 2018 Impact Report for State Leaders”, a document that involved coordination across six institutions and multiple departments, and highlights the policy-relevant research of each institution.
  • Coordinate annual summer site visit to a CCST Partner Institution as a larger part of yearly CCST meeting schedule.

40% Lead the development of and be a key staff member for the CCST Advisory Panel.

  • Develop CCST Advisory Panel nomination process
  • Identify and coordinate outreach to and recruitment of potential members
  • Maintain contact with Advisory Panel members to keep engagement high
  • Lead project development for new projects that emerge from Board and Advisory Panel discussions.
  • Solicit Advisory Panel input and participation in new projects requested by state government.
  • Identify opportunities for Partners to engage with projects/briefings/events within CCST’s mission.

15% Maintain regular interactions with relevant external communities.

  • Participate in professional associations relevant to CCST’s interests
  • Meet regularly with state legislators, members of their staffs, members of the executive branch, and others with science and technology interests.
  • Attend relevant briefings, conferences, and site visits.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MS required and PhD preferred or six years of equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with internal and external audiences.
  • Experience in California public policy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to work as a team member within an established office structure.
  • A strong sense of accountability, including commitment to organizing, prioritizing, and planning work activities according to established timelines and schedules, and the ability to anticipate issues in accomplishing work and communicating in advance to affected parties.
  • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization.

Desired Qualifications

  • A strong network within relevant policy making, university and philanthropic communities in California as well as experience continually building networks, facilitating effective meetings, and building capacity.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a busy and motivated organization.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Salary Range

$70,000 – $105,000


  • Competitive salary and 401K match
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
  • Snack-filled kitchen (mostly healthy, all very tasty)
  • 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 January 2, 2020.

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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