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Job Title:Geologist (Program Director)

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:EAR-2013-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Thursday, April 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-1350-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. Rotator. - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, US
22230

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered for Federal appointments. Therefore, you are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-citizens who do not provide documentation will only be considered for the IPA program.

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.  For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

This job opportunity announcement has been AMENDED to extend the closing date to April 4, 2013.

The National Science foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director for the EarthScope Program (ES), Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO).

The EarthScope Program (ES) in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/ES) supports meritorious requests for innovative research and education that utilize the EarthScope Facility. 

EarthScope is a program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.

The EarthScope Facility, consisting of the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO), the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD), and the USArray, is a multi-purpose array of instruments and observatories that greatly expands the observational capabilities of the Earth sciences and permits us to advance our understanding of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the North American continent.

EAR/ES considers single or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that make use of capabilities and/or data provided through the EarthScope Facility to further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope.

Program officers evaluate proposals by means of mail and panel review.  They also increase their breadth of knowledge through professional meetings and other interactions with the EAR scientific community.

For more information about the EAR and their programs, please visit here.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

    The responsibilities of the Program Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported, and coordination and liaison with other programs in NSF, other Federal agencies and organizations.

    PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

    • Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities
    • Manages program resources to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict of interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists
    • Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration
    • Manages an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists
    • Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, and other research programs, and cross-directorate programs
    • Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs.  Plans the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocate resources within the budget distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manage post-award evaluation
    • Controls waste, fraud and abuse

    REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP

    • Represents the Program, Division and the Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions
    • Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission
    • Participates in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to program area and/or Division
    • Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals
    • Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs
    • Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission 
    • Develop policies and plans for strengthening research and education programs.  Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathers data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission
    • Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and opportunities, and budget plans

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    • Establishes contacts and maintains active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities  
    • Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments 
    • Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit
    • Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience in the relevant discipline, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration and/or substantial managerial experience in academe, industry, or government.  Appointees are expected to have significant and relevant knowledge of research related to the Earth sciences; experience in interagency and/or international collaborative efforts; familiarity with project management principles and processes; expert ability to coordinate effectively with scientific staff; and expert ability to successfully communicate orally and in writing to a diverse (technical and non-technical) audience.  Familiarity with NSF programs and activities is highly desirable.


    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

    All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position.

     


    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits. NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.  

    For Visiting Scientist appointments, individuals are in a non-pay status from home institutions and are appointed to NSF's payroll as Federal employees. NSF withholds Social Security and provides reimbursement to the home institution for fringe benefits. For information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments, visit our website.

    For more information regarding Federal Temporary Appointments, visit OPM's website.

     



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Relocation expenses may be paid contingent upon the availability of funds.



    HOW TO APPLY:

    Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed or uploaded before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

    WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

    If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-Citizens who do not provide documentation will not be considered.

    Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

    We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form.  This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

    All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.  If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Krystal Mendenhall
    Phone: 703-292-4345
    Fax: 703-292-9185
    TDD: 703-292-5090
    Email: kmendenh@nsf.gov
    Agency Information:
    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    22230
    US
    Fax: 703-292-9185

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation.  All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

    You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.


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