Science Fellows Program Manager
California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)
Sacramento, CA


How to Apply

Please submit a canopy letter and resume by our application portal. The cowl letter ought to clarify your curiosity within the place and your related abilities and expertise. Please take into account answering the voluntary questions on demographic information and the place you realized about this place – this info helps us perceive how we are able to proceed to enhance our recruitment and hiring processes to extend range, fairness, and inclusion in our workforce.



Join Our Team!

The mission of CCST is to grasp and inform public coverage conversations to reinforce the influence of science and know-how (S&T) in addressing California’s most urgent challenges. Through partnerships with California’s S&T consultants, analysis establishments, State businesses, the Legislature, and different nonprofit organizations, we assist construct a extra resilient and equitable future for all Californians and promote California’s international management in science, know-how, and innovation. The CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship is one among our flagship applications that delivers on this mission by putting PhD scientists straight in Legislative and Executive Branch workplaces to offer scientific experience and help.

You will be part of our crew at a second when alternatives for change and desires for credible science recommendation are aligned and rising. CCST is increasing our crew as we innovate the supply of science advisory help to be extra proactive in delivering the impartial, proof-based mostly, and credible recommendation wanted to fulfill society’s most urgent issues as we speak – and sooner or later. You will construct new partnerships and processes to reinforce the supply of transdisciplinary options that promote range, fairness, and inclusion and inform the event of insurance policies that profit all of California’s folks and communities.

CCST has applied a compulsory vaccination coverage efficient October 1, 2021 requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff. In accordance with CCST’s responsibility to offer and preserve a office that is freed from recognized hazards, we’re adopting this coverage to safeguard the well being of our staff and their households, our companions and guests, and the neighborhood at giant from infectious ailments that could be diminished by vaccinations. Employees in search of an exemption from this requirement for medical or non secular causes might submit an lodging request, which will likely be reviewed on a case-by-case foundation.


About CCST

CCST is a nonpartisan nonprofit created by way of the California Legislature in 1988 to offer goal recommendation from California’s main scientists and analysis establishments on coverage points involving science and know-how (S&T). Our formation mirrored the popularity that California’s most urgent public coverage points require options that have interaction the State’s extraordinary analysis and innovation enterprise. CCST works with companions within the analysis, authorities, and philanthropic sectors to construct extra agile, inclusive, and impactful S&T advisory frameworks; elevate policymaker consciousness of the S&T contributions of California’s analysis establishments; and foster a extra numerous and inclusive community of S&T-savvy coverage leaders. Our core values of service, independence, and partnership are anchored in our foundational commitments to range, fairness, and inclusion. Read extra about our mission, imaginative and prescient, values, and crew here.



Every 12 months, California policymakers should make important resolution on plenty of advanced and dynamic points dealing with our state, such because the state’s water provide, power grid, and public well being. The Science Fellows Program Manager will handle all points of the CCST S&T Policy Fellowship Program to efficiently recruit 15 PhD scientists and engineers yearly to assist present experience to policymakers in Sacramento as they make these important selections. During their 12 months of public service, these scientific minds get a entrance-row seat studying in regards to the craft and means of policymaking in California. The CCST Science Fellows Program Manager performs a key position in making certain the CCST Science Fellows acquire beneficial coaching and expertise in public coverage and management whereas in flip, policymakers acquire entry to science savvy employees who can inform coverage dialogue with scientific views and experience.

The Program Manager will handle timelines, deliverables, folks, venture ideation, assets, and contracts to ship a profitable program that trains the science coverage leaders of tomorrow. The duties of this place might embody, however aren’t restricted to:

  • Establishing and implementing program objectives and processes
  • Ensuring development alternatives for people from underrepresented teams by focused recruiting and outreach
  • Researching, deciphering and making use of program and contract pointers and necessities
  • Formulating methods in a fancy coverage panorama
  • Administering assets
  • Continually innovating on all points of this system
  • Oversight of planning, writing, and modifying of program deliverables together with however not restricted to precedence DEI efforts.

Success on this place would require robust management, downside-fixing abilities, initiative, adaptability, and the power to thrive in a proficient, motivated, and dynamic crew.

The profitable candidate will likely be a crew participant, expert communicator, exhausting employee, and wanting to study and develop with us. They will likely be comfy difficult the established order and discussing artistic concepts or adjustments to present processes. They may also possess skilled abilities to handle stakeholders in any respect ranges, towards the objective of delivering an impactful and related fellowship program to State policymakers.



This place studies on to the Deputy Director of CCST and works carefully with CCST employees and different CCST stakeholders.



20% Serves as an institutional consultant between key policymakers, fellowship alumni and present Fellows to offer the coaching and ongoing help wanted to take care of and enhance this system.

  • Works straight with the California State Legislature and Executive Branch as an envoy of CCST and supervisor of the CCST Science Fellows program to put and help Fellows.
  • Works carefully with legislative and government department representatives relating to placement, workplace compatibility points, and different coordination and placement points.
  • Provides ombudsman help features designed to facilitate early intervention in potential impediments to Fellows placement, personnel issues affecting internet hosting legislative and government department workplaces, and facilitating task or reassignment of Fellow candidates as acceptable.

30% Oversees all points of advanced exterior relations together with:

  • Coordinating all CCST Science Fellows associated occasions, supplies, insurance policies, and processes.
  • Working straight with the Director of Philanthropy to often replace on the Fellowship standing.
  • Planning and figuring out exterior communication wants and creating informational supplies and occasions to correctly inform potential candidates, state authorities representatives, funders, and different events in coordination with the CCST Communications crew.
  • Coordinating and taking part in outreach actions at conferences, particular person campus occasions, technical exhibits, conferences, and different occasions.

35% Manages all Fellows associated actions included however not restricted to recruitment, coaching, placement, and mentoring.

  • Implementing recruitment course of together with reviewing submitted purposes, figuring out certified software packets, synthesizing information, and analyzing statistics.
  • Participating in collection of the CCST Science Fellows by analyzing info, summarizing, and figuring out developments in Sacramento.
  • Working carefully with CCST Selection Committee to pick out candidates to interview.
  • Coordinating and delivering coaching together with: figuring out audio system, organizing classes, coordinating the calendar and setting bootcamp studying objectives and outcomes.
  • Mentoring Fellows by figuring out their mentoring wants and supporting the Fellows’ success.
  • Continually offering neutral, impartial battle decision companies to Fellows, mentors and employees.
  • Assisting CCST Science Fellows to determine potential skilled improvement actions and description skilled improvement objectives that meet grant pointers.

15% Manages the gathering and curation of information and data pertaining to efficiency of the Fellowship Program, recruitment objectives, and influence of the Fellowship Program on Fellows, mentors, and placement workplaces by:

  • Collecting information from quite a lot of strategies together with exit interviews and surveys of Fellows and Host Office mentors.
  • Maintaining updated, complete, and effectively curated data and databases of Fellowship Program actions and information.
  • Analyzing, summarizing, and/or reviewing information, and reporting the findings.
  • Interpreting outcomes and/or making suggestions.
  • Providing evaluation of distinctive points/issues, a majority of the time with out priority.
  • Overseeing and reviewing information of the yearly on-line software course of together with oversight of recruitment.



  • Bachelor’s diploma required. Demonstrated expertise in managing tasks can be utilized to fulfill training requirement.
  • A ardour for mentoring folks and serving to them obtain their objectives.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication abilities, together with attentive listening abilities and talent to synthesize info to succeed in numerous audiences.
  • Ability to shortly determine and develop methods to successfully talk CCST’s message.
  • Skilled at recognizing and successfully addressing and resolving potential issues from stakeholders with a view to mitigate issues or points.
  • Ability to work as a crew member inside a longtime workplace construction.
  • A excessive diploma of accountability, together with acknowledged capability to handle a venture transparently and meet a number of deadlines by organizing, prioritizing, and planning work actions in line with established timelines and schedules. Must be capable to use sound judgement in responding to points and issues.
  • Ability to make use of discretion and preserve all confidentiality.



  • Master’s diploma or prior expertise working as a program supervisor or related in a related subject.
  • Experience frequently constructing networks, facilitating efficient conferences and constructing capability.
  • Experience in fellowship program(s).



$70,000 – $85,000



  • Competitive wage and 403b match
  • Medical, dental, and imaginative and prescient insurance coverage choices
  • Relocation help
  • Some telework could also be negotiable following our return to the workplace
  • Opportunity to make an influence – assist construct the longer term and do significant work day-after-day that conjures up you!



Application evaluation is ongoing, and purposes will likely be accepted till the place is crammed. Initial evaluation will start October 25, 2021.

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