Frequently asked questions
What information should I contribute?
Utilizing our form on the right, anyone can share and recommend an existing position that should be considered for our top 100 S&T Roles. We ask you to answer a series of questions to identify the title of the role, basic information on the functions of the position, and where it sits within the Federal Government.
The positions we are looking to identify are the key roles within any Federal agency that is critical to that agency science and technology policy agenda. This includes well-known politically appointed leadership roles such as the Director of the NIH, the White House Science Advisor, and the Director of DARPA (to name a few) as well as lesser known, but important, roles like the Associate Director for Natural Resource Programs at OMB, or the Deputy Director of STEM Initiatives at ED. We will also take recommendations for less senior roles if they are critical for advancing a S&T policy agenda within the agency.
Can you say more about the positions and roles you are looking for?
While we are interested in politically appointed roles, we are also looking to uncover any key but overlooked positions related to science, technology and innovation in government. This includes roles beyond political appointments and Schedule C appointees. We hope to identify roles that could make an outsized difference in supporting science in a given agency.
What types of information are you looking for in the position descriptions?
At a minimum, we would like to gather what expertise and qualifications a person entering a position would require to succeed in the role. We would like to hear thoughts on relevant technical experience for the position as well as other expertise and skills that would help someone succeed. While a technical background may qualify a candidate, other key factors are often critical for success. Some examples might include specific managerial experience leading large teams, a deep understanding of procurement processes within a given agency, and/or an effective bridge-builder to engage a broad community of stakeholders. In addition, you might include key characteristics that would support a policy agenda relevant for the next administration as well as any non-starters or things to guard against in recruiting for the position.
Has this been done before?
Never. The Day One Project recognizes that leadership from the U.S. government is needed to help leverage the science and technology community and work towards ideas that can shape our nation’s future for the better. The spirit of the Top 100 S&T Roles is to track the science and technology capacity in executive-branch departments and elevate the role of science and technology in the federal policymaking process.