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Director, Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES), National Academy of Engineering

Deadline: January 08 2018

Updated: November 21 2017

Job req # 170214-4

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) focuses the talents of the nation on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a profession and an agent of innovation. The Center’s mission is to engage current and future engineering leaders in industry and academia as well as representatives of public and private organizations and government in (1) identifying and examining the ethical and societal challenges of engineering, (2) bringing these challenges to the attention of the engineering profession and society, and (3) developing programs and recommendations to address these challenges.

CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice for individual engineers and scientists as well as professional organizations and institutions. They may involve cooperation and collaboration with NAE's sister academies, the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, as well as other program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

As a crucial component of its mission, CEES manages the NAE Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC), a dynamic, widely used electronic repository of resources on ethics in science, engineering, research, and education for engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens. CEES also organizes studies, workshops, public symposia, and educational activities; publishes informative materials; and collaborates with industry, educators, and students to advance its mission.

The CEES Director will work closely with the NAE Executive Officer, NAE Program Office Director, and an appointed CEES Advisory Group to develop a program strategy, determine budget and staffing requirements, secure funding, and implement a multiyear portfolio of activities that advance the CEES mission, ensuring that CEES and the OEC meet their stated objectives. As part of these responsibilities, the Director will conduct background research on topics for new programs or activities; develop project prospectuses/proposals and solicit and negotiate funding with sponsors; hire, train, and supervise staff; and represent CEES within and outside the National Academies. To ensure diverse perspectives and representation, the Director will work with staff in the NAE Program Office and across the NASEM as well as with members of the National Academies, educators and other experts in science, engineering, and ethics research, practice, education, and policy, public and private sector sponsors, community representatives, engineering and scientific professional societies, and other groups to identify creative and effective ways to work with these stakeholders in furthering the CEES mission. The CEES Director will report directly to the NAE Program Office Director.

Preferred qualifications: PhD in engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, or public policy with extensive knowledge of scholarship in engineering and science ethics, history of technology, engineering and science education, and public policy. Extensive experience interacting with engineering and science educators, employers, professional societies, public and private sector funders, and policymakers, and strong knowledge of/experience with fundraising and strategic planning.

Minimum requirements: Master’s degree in engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, or public policy or equivalent knowledge with 6 years of related professional experience, 2 of them in a supervisory capacity. Strong program/project development, management, and facilitation skills. Ability to independently develop and manage multiple complex projects, work successfully in a team environment, and form and maintain effective teams. Experience with proposal writing and fundraising. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of staff and constituents. Ability to understand and communicate technical/scientific issues with diverse audiences; solve problems using originality and ingenuity; serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues; operate using substantial latitude for independent judgment and action; train and develop staff; and develop and maintain effective relationships and communication with coworkers, employees in other National Academies units, and external constituents.

Applications including a cover letter, names and contact information of three references, and curriculum vitae should be submitted online no later than January 8, 2018, to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Office of Human Resources Job req # 170214-4

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE; is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Established in 1964, it operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Lincoln. Under this charter the NAE is directed “whenever called upon by any department or agency of the government, to investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art.” In addition to its role as advisor to the federal government, the NAE conducts independent studies, symposia, and public information activities that identify and illuminate issues at the intersections of engineering, technology, and society that impact our quality of life. These activities are carried out both independently by the NAE Program Office and jointly with other units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Current program activities of the NAE address the advance of engineering education, research, and practice; the vitality of the nation’s engineering workforce; public understanding of engineering and technology; and the role of engineering in addressing grand challenges facing society in the areas of energy, environment, health, resilience, and economic growth.