The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Program Director position in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Arlington, VA. The ideal candidate should have expertise in research and development in informal learning environments such as museums, aquariums, or community based organizations.
The incumbent for this Program Director position will primarily work in the Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL) and the Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST) programs. Both of these programs support research and development in informal learning environments such as museums, libraries and community based organizations, with a broadening participation emphasis.
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The NSF Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U. S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships. Responsibilities of the Program Director includes:
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 support of research programs.
•Plans the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget by distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manages 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.
•Develops policies and plans for strengthening support of 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.
•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.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Background investigation.
- Preview questions are the Quality Ranking Factors listed below.
The individual selected must be able to interact on a peer basis with senior scientific and managerial personnel throughout NSF, other Federal agencies, academia, and the private sector. The ability to build bridges with the NSF Directorates is a necessity in order to help coordinate education efforts.
QualificationsCandidates must have a Ph.D. or Ed. D. in an appropriate field related to STEM learning in informal settings plus after award of the Ph.D. or Ed. D.., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience in supporting learning in informal settings.
This position is not in the competitive service.
If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.
Relocation expenses may be paid contingent upon availability of funds.
NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.
This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.
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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. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS
- Demonstrated expertise in research and development on STEM learning in informal environments such as museums, aquariums, gardens, and community based organizations.
- Demonstrated expertise in research and development on STEM learning, especially for young children in informal settings, as evidenced by publications, presentations and/or media or curriculum development.
- Ability to manage an externally-reviewed proposal-driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
- Ability to interact, on a peer basis, with senior scientific and managerial personnel throughout NSF, other governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector.
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Background checks and security clearance
In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.
You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.
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.
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Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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.
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