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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Program Manager (Logistics) position in the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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    The AIL Section is responsible for planning, budgeting, and overseeing the science support, infrastructure, operations, and logistics support for the USAP. This includes: direct field and laboratory support for 150-180 Antarctic field research projects; operation, engineering and construction needed to maintain three permanent Antarctic stations and the supporting infrastructure; oversight for the operation of two icebreaking research vessels; development of specialized information technology and communication infrastructure; and coordinating the airlift, and sealift that comprise the Antarctic logistics infrastructure.

    The Logistics Manager has responsibilities that include oversight of logistical and operational support systems needed to maintain and improve USAP infrastructure and to enable USAP science. To accomplish these tasks, the incumbent's primary responsibility will be to ensure development of budgets and tasking that enable the smooth conduct of logistical support operations, including operations at USAP port and gateway cities, critical to the support of the USAP. The incumbent will also develop appropriate long-range plans and budget requirements associated with areas of responsibility and will participate in development, negotiation, review and oversight, of contracts, inter-agency agreements, cooperative agreements, and other proposals that are critical for the overall success of the USAP.

    The Logistics Manager will work with other AIL and USAP science program officers to help ensure that the logistical systems are responsive to the other Program functions that include science support; safety and health; transportation; information technology development; facilities, engineering, and construction. The incumbent will work within a diverse section that is composed of full-time program managers, part-time Antarctic station managers (generally not on-site at NSF/HQ), DoD liaison officers (normally 2), contract personnel, a polar coordination specialist, and support staff. The direct budget for this responsibility is variable but is approximately $25M annually.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities

    Provides for the timely movement of USAP passengers and cargo and ensures effective management of inventories that are located in Antarctica.

    Builds and maintains effective, collaborative relationships with Naval Base Ventura County, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the cities of Christchurch, New Zealand and Punta Arenas, Chile as well as with logistics managers of other national Antarctic Programs and negotiates annual agreements with them for support of the USAP.

    Interacts with the other AIL and Antarctic Science Section program managers to ensure that operating requirements are reflected in logistics plans, and to integrate operational support requirements associated with science, transportation, construction, information technology, DoD and government agencies.

    Reviews financial reports from the major support entities to ensure expenditures are consistent with operational activity.

    Participates in development of agreements between the NSF and other National Antarctic Programs.

    May serve as a member of the Performance Evaluation Committee (PEC) for the principal USAP support contract.

    Provides technical direction to the contractor in the areas of programmatic responsibilities.

    Approves invoices received by NSF for payment from contractors or government agencies that fall under his/her responsibility or oversight.

    Supports special projects and assignments as determined by the AIL Section Head.

    In addition to the responsibilities, the incumbent will deploy to the Antarctic to perform oversight responsibilities, but may also on occasion serve as the National Science Foundation Representative in Antarctica. This position may require extensive periods of travel.

    Service as the NSF Representative, Antarctica entails the following principal duties:

    Coordinate science and NSF contractor requirements with other USAP participant organizations (including the Commander, Support Forces Antarctica), to carry out the annual USAP operational support plan for austral summer operations. Reports to NSF/OPP any instances where the operational units are not making a reasonable effort to fulfill the objectives of the USAP.

    Advise the AIL Section Head and other stakeholders in OPP on the progress and problems of the field operations.

    Serve as the on-site federal representative other OPP/AIL Activity Based Managers for oversight and direction of the NSF contractor's efforts at McMurdo, South Pole, and inland field locations for execution of the annual program plan, involving the contracting officer or their designated representative as appropriate.

    Implements regulations in conservation and environmental stewardship and ensures compliance with permits issued.

    Coordinates with the NSF Science Representative to assure USAP meets support requirements for all Antarctic Research Programs.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - The incumbent will deploy to the Antarctic to perform oversight responsibilities.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Background investigation.
    • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

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

    You will need to satisfactorily complete a physical examination according to standards used for USAP medical/dental screening for travel to Antarctica.

    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.

    This position is in the bargaining unit.

    Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


    Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field, plus after award of the Bachelor's degree, ten or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master’s degree in appropriate field, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

    Relevant experience includes managing and overseeing the planning and execution of complex operations in remote environments.

    This position is outside the competitive civil service.

    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    Additional information

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

    This announcement is open to All US Citizens.

    This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

    NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

    The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

    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.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may also be used.

    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 

    1. Demonstrated experience in planning, managing, overseeing, and critically evaluating logistical operations, to include movement and tracking of cargo and passengers.
    2. Strong interpersonal skills for interfacing with diverse stakeholders.
    3. Demonstrated experience in developing annual and long-range financial plans including budget estimation, development, and accounting of expenditures.
    4. Demonstrated knowledge of contracts, MOAs, and interagency agreements, and their implementation including negotiations of statements of work, cost, and performance evaluation.
    5. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and resolve issues with equivalent ranking levels of management in the military, civilian Federal service, and private sectors.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    All applicants must submit a resume in any format, and may also submit a cover letter.

    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.

    A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation Headquarters is conveniently located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, right in Alexandria, VA, a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria a short trip away. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

       Pre-tax parking
       Public transportation subsidy
       Child care subsidy
       Flexible working hours
       Physical Fitness Facility on site
       Health Services Unit on site
       Employee Assistance Program

    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 must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy 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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    Next steps

    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 if interviews are conducted.  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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