The Science Assistant will work remotely under the direction of the Chief Science Office (CSO) and provide assistance with the day-to-day activities and projects in the science area at ACSM. The Science Assistant will possess a unique blend of creative thinking, strategic and analytical skills and a broad understanding of scientific content related to exercise science and sports medicine. This is an outstanding career development opportunity for a junior scholar to engage with the ACSM science portfolio, build professional networks, and influence the fields of exercise science and sports medicine.
SCIENCE ASSISTANT OBJECTIVES:
Provide ACSM staff support for the implementation of existing scientific activities and the planning of new scientific initiatives;
Manage writing groups for ACSM Pronouncements, such as Position Stands, Consensus Statements, ;
Participate in the training of ACSM volunteers who engage in evidence analysis activities (i.e., Evidence Analysts);
Oversee Evidence Analysts who participate in the development of ACSM Position Stands (i.e., organize, assign and track work, answer scientific questions, evaluate scientific literature, );
Track ACSM Pronouncements through the approved development process, start to finish;
Track endorsement requests by outside organizations through the approved process, start to finish;
Track additional types of scientific content (e.g., blogs, webinar proposals, ) developed by sponsorship partners through the scientific review process, start to finish;
Assist with the implementation of ACSM’s Brown Bag in Science webinar series (e.g., communication with speakers, webinar scheduling and delivery, providing information to marketing and communications departments, post-webinar follow-up to participants, );
Assist with ACSM Committee activities for the Pronouncements Committee and the Evidence Based Practice Committee (e.g., scheduling, preparing agendas, taking minutes, );
Assist with development of science-related content for newsletters, infographics, and social media posts;
Schedule various science-related meetings (e.g., Doodle polls/Zoom scheduling);
Facilitate conversations with members and stake holders, including answering questions about ACSM policies and scientific offerings;
Regularly collaborate with ACSM’s key stakeholders including ACSM staff team members and ACSM volunteer leadership) to facilitate objectives within the science area at ACSM;
Maintain a rigorous focus on ACSM’s members and the member experience; and
Participate in idea generation with senior staff to create innovative ideas to promote and grow ACSM’s scientific portfolio.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to professionally speak during groups/meetings.
Ability to communicate articulately and confidently with individuals at every level of the organization about science and research.
Exceptional organizational skills with a proven ability to multi-task to meet
Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific
Aptitude to produce professional work, including scholarly publications, documents and
Strong working knowledge of research (on multiple levels), including various study designs and methodologies, grants, publishing, data analytic skills,
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
Must be able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, collaborate effectively and build strong working relations with various internal and external constituents, and take
Desire and ability to operate as a team player both on core team and across the
Organized and detail oriented, have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to
Problem solving and analytical skills which can be used to take initiative, provide superior customer service, and meet objectives of the department and the
Handling sensitive or controversial issues including being trustworthy, honest & Must exercise high degree of professionalism and confidentiality in all aspects of role.
Strong relationship builder with the ability find common ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse
Understand ACSM operations and governance
Understanding of Nonprofit and/or association Skills:
Effectively and efficiently handling multiple
Strong interpersonal and communications skills; ability to clearly articulate ideas and concepts to a variety of
Organized, detail oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment while adapting to
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
Current doctoral student in Kinesiology/Exercise Science or currently in a Sports Medicine
At least four years of training in research study design and Experience and training in systematic review/meta-analysis are preferred.
Attends ACSM meetings as
Adheres to attendance/scheduling policies.
Demonstrates flexibility in participating in staffing
Understands and adheres to the ACSM
WORK ENVIRONMENT,REQUIREMENTS,AND CONDITIONS:
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a Science Assistant to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. ACSM will make reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of any otherwise qualified applicant or employee with a disability unless the accommodation will result in undue hardship to ACSM.
The Science Assistant’s typical work week will include approximately 20 hours/week, work from home is expected, and travel may be required. The position requires a considerable amount of face to face with the public and professional contact. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. While performing the duties and responsibilities of this job, the Science Assistant is frequently required to stand, walk/sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; read, write, talk and hear. The Science Assistant is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The Science Assistant must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.
Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. This description is intended to describe the essential job functions, the general supplemental functions, and the essential requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified. Other functions may be assigned, and management retains the right to add or change the duties at any time.
Please Submit a cover letter and a CV.
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About American College of Sports Medicine
We are the American College of Sports Medicine – with more than 50,000 members and certified professionals strong from 90 countries around the globe. Representing 70 occupations within the sports medicine field, ACSM is the only organization that offers a 360-degree view of the profession.
From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, our association of sports medicine, exercise science, and health and fitness professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives.
The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.