Vice President for Science Policy
Position Description/Responsibilities


One year beginning on July 1 of the year following term as Vice President-elect for Science Policy and ending on June 30 of the following year.


  • Partners with the Director for Science Policy and OPA staff to develop and prepare for meetings and monthly conference calls of the SPC
  • Prepare for, attend, and preside at calls and meetings of the Science Policy Committee (voting only in the event of a tie)
  • Prepare for and attend monthly conference calls and 3 in-person meetings of the Board as a voting member
  • Participate in conference calls of SPC subcommittees as available and interested(non-voting)
  • Serve as spokesperson for FASEB on matters of science policy at the request of the president
  • Serve as a voting member of the Executive Committee and participate in weekly conference calls


Biographic, demographic, and scientific diversity in governance is an overarching goal of the Federation, and FASEB encourages leadership nominations who represent this diversity.

The following are personal characteristics that the Vice President for Science Policy should have:

  • Strong interest in policy issues
  • Experience communicating science to policy makers and the public
  • Excellent leadership and facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration and team building
  • Record of professional service, including active membership in a FASEB Society
  • Experience working with Member Society Councils and Committees
  • Working knowledge of the federal budget process and structure
  • Knowledge about and experience in biological and/or biomedical research or comparable experience

Time Commitment

  • 3 in-person or virtual Board meetings of 1.5 days each, plus travel
  • 2-4 hours per week for various conference calls – SPC, Subcommittees, Executive Committee, Board, etc.
  • 1-3 in-person presentations to FASEB related constituents member societies, funders in Washington, DC (NIH, NSF, others), etc.
  • 1-2 hours per week discussion and preparation with staff, primarily the Director, Science Policy
  • 1-2 hours per week email correspondence