CRA is Hiring: Be part of CRA’s Policy Staff!

On October 14, 2013, in CRA, People, by Peter Harsha

CRA is hiring! We’re looking for a new Policy Analyst on our Government Affairs staff. If you’re interested in helping the computing research community make its case in Washington, or know someone who is, please see the ad below!


The Computing Research Association, the national voice of the computing research community, seeks a Policy Analyst for its Government Affairs staff. This person will work closely with the Director of Government Affairs tracking and managing their own portfolio of policy issues, providing research support, planning events, handling some administrative duties, and helping communicate with CRA’s membership.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors degree in information technology, public policy or a related field; some experience in a policy-oriented environment; some experience planning workshops or briefings; excellent verbal and written skills; web-skills; and a demonstrated interest in federal research policy and computing. Interested candidates should submit a resume with cover letter describing their qualifications and salary requirements via email to 

About CRA -

The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.

CRA’s mission is to enhance innovation by joining with industry, government and academia to strengthen research and advanced education in computing. CRA executes this mission by leading the computing research community, informing policymakers and the public, and facilitating the development of strong, diverse talent in the field.

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As part of its mission to develop a next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research Association‘s Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announces the second offering of the CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI), intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. We seek nominations for participants.

LiSPI will be centered around a two day workshop to be held April 11-12, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (More details)

LiSPI will feature presentations and discussions with science policy experts, current and former Hill staff, and relevant agency and Administration personnel about mechanics of the legislative process, interacting with agencies, advisory committees, and the federal case for computing. (You can find a list of sessions and speakers from our first offering last November here.)

LiSPI participants are expected to

  • Complete a reading assignment and a short written homework prior to attending the workshop, so that time spent at the workshop can focus on more advanced content,
  • Attend the April 11-12th workshop, which includes breakfast both days, lunch, and a reception with the speakers and invited guests at the conclusion of the first day, and
  • Complete a small-group assignment afterwards that puts to use the workshop content on a CCC-inspired problem—perhaps writing an argument in favor of particular initiative for an agency audience, or drafting sample testimony on a CCC topic.

LiSPI is not intended for individuals who wish to undertake research on science policy, become science policy fellows, or take permanent positions in Washington, DC. Rather, we are trying to reach work-a-day academics who appreciate that our field must be engaged in helping government.

The CCC will provide funds for hotel accommodations for two nights of local expenses (hotel, meals) for the April 11-12 workshops. Nominees are expected to pay their own travel expenses, though there will be a limited fund available for participants who cannot attend unless their travel is provided.

Eligibility and Nomination Process

LiSPI participants are expected to have the experience and flexibility in their current positions to engage with government. University faculty members should be from CS or IS departments and be post-tenure; industrial researchers should have comparable seniority. Participants should be adept at communicating. They must be nominated by their chair or department head and must have demonstrated an interest in science policy, especially as it relates to computer science (and closely allied fields).

Specifically, the nomination process is as follows

  • A chair or department head proposes a LiSPI candidate by visiting ( and providing the name and institution of the nominee, along with a letter of recommendation.
  • The candidate will then be contacted by the CCC and asked to submit a CV, a short essay detailing their interests in science policy, and an indication of whether they would require financial aid to attend.

All nominations and material from nominators and nominees must be received by December 14, 2012.

Selection Process

The LiSPI selection committee will evaluate each nomination based on record of accomplishment, proven ability to communicate, and promise. Selections will be announced by the year end. We plan to open the workshop to 60 participants.

Please discuss this opportunity with your colleagues, identify those you believe would be interested in participating, and submit nominations!


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We Want You! – CRA is Hiring!

On August 25, 2011, in CRA, People, by Peter Harsha

Here at CRA World HQ, we’re looking for a Program Manager. Below is the official notice. If you or someone you know might be interested, please apply! Send applications and inquiries to The position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found!

Program Manager

This posting will expire on December 31, 2011.

Organization/Institution: Computing Research Association (CRA)
Posted: August 25, 2011

CRA’s mission is to strengthen research and advance education in the computing fields, expand opportunities for women and minorities, and improve public and policymaker understanding of the importance of computing and computing research in our society.

The role of the Program Manager is to support the CRA in the development and execution of programs that benefit the computing community by increasing participation and diversity in computing research. Specific tasks include the following (not exhaustive):

  • Work with CRA volunteers to plan, design and implement new and existing programs.
  • Oversee, track and provide updates of all related activities (including assessment and evaluation of programs)
  • Plan and coordinate all aspects of telephone and in-person professional meetings, workshops and special events
  • Participate in committee and program meetings, on the phone and in person, traveling as required
  • Assist committee members in securing funding for various programs
  • Write proposals and reports, including the development and implementation of budgets
  • Manage all federal and foundation funding for committees
  • Facilitate communication between and among external and internal constituencies
  • Work closely with volunteers and the webmasters to develop promotional materials, newsletters and web content
  • Increase visibility of the organization through participation at conferences, development of promotional materials and collaborations with other groups

The selected candidate will work closely with the chairs of the CRA committees, particularly CRA-W, that he or she will support. This position requires the ability to work independently and with significant autonomy. Initiative, organization, maturity, accounting experience and judgment are vital to this position. The staff member must operate under pressure in a busy office and maintain comprehensive control of a multitude of projects simultaneously while pushing all projects to timely completion and providing continual updates on the status of each project to the appropriate stakeholders. Reliability and good communication skills are key requirements. A strong interest in computing research and its impacts is desired. Availability to travel offsite to various meetings is necessary.

This is not a research position. It is a position working with and supporting the computing research community.

Application Instructions

Desired background:

  1. Experience working with a research community
  2. Financial management and accounting experience in a non-profit environment; particularly experience with the National Science Foundation’s processes and procedures
  3. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills

The Computing Research Association is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies with a focus on enhancing the computing research environment. CRA offers an excellent benefits package and competitive salaries. For more information, see

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