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    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Associate Program Director, in the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), in Alexandria, VA.

    The Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies. The division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. For information about CNS and its programs, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=CNS.

    The multi-disciplinary Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, led by CNS, seeks new and principled approaches to protect and defend cyberspace against harmful actions by determined adversaries, and to measure the effectiveness of such approaches. The SaTC program, in collaboration with industrial and international partners, takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity and privacy research, development, technology transfer, and education that leverages the disciplines of computing, communication and information sciences, economics, education, engineering, mathematics and statistics, and social and behavioral sciences. For information about SaTC, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504709.

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    This position, supporting the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, is located within CISE/CNS. The incumbent will work with the CNS Division Director and Deputy Division Director, and with Program Directors within the SaTC program. The position requires strong written and verbal presentation skills, expertise in data analytics, and attention to detail. A working knowledge of the research in cybersecurity and privacy supported by NSF is important. Assignments will include: assisting SaTC program directors in award management (including budget implementation); assisting with organizing external meetings and workshops; collecting, analyzing, and presenting portfolio data; collecting and presenting highlights; and assisting in the development of external presentations and reports. The ability to work collegially, coordinate among multiple stakeholders, and communicate effectively at different levels within the agency, with counterparts in other agencies, and with members of the scientific community and the public at large is essential.

    SaTC is a high-profile, multi-directorate program with significant external engagement with the academic research community as well as other federal agencies, industry, and NSF’s counterparts in other nations. The Assistant Program Director/Program Coordinator will be responsible for the handling several aspects of the program’s operations including:

    • Supporting oversight of proposal processing and awards, including coordination and management of reverse site visits and milestone reviews;
    • Working closely with support staff in entering and collecting data relevant to the management of the program’s activities;
    • Maintaining internal repositories and external websites about SaTC;
    • Working with division management and SaTC program directors to develop scientific or administrative data that can be used in preparing analytical and interpretive reports and guides to future programmatics and decision making;
    • Analyzing performance metrics and other data as needed, including checking results to ensure consistency and quality control;
    • Preparing information for communication with the public, including liaison with the CISE communications specialist and NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA);
    • Coordinating meetings of the SaTC program, including Principal Investigator (PI) meetings and Washington Area Trustworthy Computing Hour (WATCH) talks (e.g., developing agendas, sending invitations, maintaining websites, and attending meetings as needed);
    • Working with SaTC program directors and the research community to collect and present highlights; and
    • Handling or redirecting questions from the scientific community.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    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.
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    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    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.


    Applicants must have a Ph.D. in any field of science related to the work performed at NSF; plus four or more years of experience after award of the Ph.D. degree in research, research administration, and managerial experience.

    Working knowledge of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program is desired.

    This position is outside the competitive civil service.


    Additional information

    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.

    This Associate Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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


    1. Working knowledge and expertise in specialty areas of engineering and basic science, engineering research, and science policy with the ability to gather, evaluate, analyze and synthesize technical and scientific information.
    2. Ability to compile, collect, arrange and organize data to prepare tables, charts, graphs, summaries, and other materials for effective presentation of research results and for inclusion in publications.
    3. Excellent written and oral communication skills to interact with respected engineers, scientists, and researchers in various organizations.
    4. Ability to present highlights of cutting edge science and engineering research that is understandable for the general public.
    5. Ability to coordinate proposal-driven grants programs, allocating resources to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
    6. Skill in working in a team, which requires establishing and maintaining effective working relationships at all levels of personnel internally, in the science community, educational organizations and institutions, and other governmental agencies on a variety of program and budget matters such as during the development stage, on project collaborations, and matters of joint funding and joint planning.

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    Required Documents

    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. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

    You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to adsearch@nsf.gov; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

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

    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).

    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.

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    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.

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    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) 292-8044 for assistance.


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    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. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

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