Transferable Skills

Communication as a Director of Industry Partnerships in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Basic writing and editing
  • Oral communication skills
  • Speaking clearly and effectively
  • Written communication skills

Teamwork as a Director of Industry Partnerships in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Ability to work with people outside the organization
  • Contributing to institution (ie participating on committees)
  • Providing constructive feedback

Strategic Thinking as a Director of Industry Partnerships in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  • Ability to set a vision and goals
  • Creating vision and goals
  • Creativity/innovative thinking

Project Management as a Director of Industry Partnerships in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to manage a project
  • Developing/managing budgets
  • Managing data and resources
  • Planning and organizing projects
  • Time management

Understanding the Scientific Enterprise as a Director of Industry Partnerships in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

The professional indicated this transferable skill is important in their position, but did not provide specific examples.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Broad-based knowledge of science
  • Careful recordkeeping practices
  • Discipline-specific knowledge
  • Understanding of data ownership/sharing issues
  • Writing grant proposals

Communication as a Chief Policy Director in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

Building rapport with people is a highly valued skill. Being able to communicate not only knowledge, but also understanding and sympathy are skills I continue to develop as I advance in my career.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Basic writing and editing
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presenting to nonscientists
  • Speaking clearly and effectively
  • Writing for nonscientists
  • Written communication skills

How else do you use this transferable skill?
Active listening

Teamwork as a Chief Policy Director in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

I am preparing a briefing with a number of people. I am writing a policy memo with a number of people. I work on developing amendments for legislative in coordination and cooperation with others as well.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to work on a team

How else do you use this transferable skill?
Simultaneously working together to advance the product (paper, legislation, briefing)

Managing Up/Down as a Chief Policy Director in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

Although the policy career that I have is largely flat, there are opportunities to partner where you have to "manage up" to those who have more seniority and stronger relationships with the sponsor, but you have content knowledge. There are times when you have to manage your more junior team in order to produce the best policy resource.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to manage others
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Negotiating difficult conversations

Integrity as a Chief Policy Director in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?

When communicating data, especially orally, it is so important that you say when you don't know and only speak when you are certain. Loosing credibility means that you are less likely to be influential. The science policy world is a complex system of relationships and at the center is being known to be reliable, trustworthy, credible, -- essentially with integrity.

What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Maintaining positive relationships with colleagues
  • Upholding commitments and meeting deadlines

How else do you use this transferable skill?
Not sharing confidential information

Project Management as a Chief Policy Director in Science Policy

How do you apply this transferable skill in your position?
You have to stay on-time and on-budget, especially on-time since the legislative process is strict.
What specific skills are part of how you apply this transferable skill?
  • Ability to manage a project
  • Delegating responsibilities
  • Time management

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