The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Science Education Administrator (Program Director) position in the NSF INCLUDES program for the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) within the Directorate for Education and Human Resource Management (EHR), Alexandria, VA.
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As the Program Officer for the NSF INCLUDES program, the incumbent will be responsible for providing appropriate scientific and administrative judgment to insure the integrity and consistency of the awards process and to effectively manage the timely merit review involved in decision making for the awards. In addition to the NSF INCLUDES program, the incumbent is expected to assist with other HRD programs as needed, by conducting review panels and developing recommendations for both proposal awards and declinations and managing a set of program portfolios.
The incumbent will support the NSF INCLUDES program in the timely and effective review of applications, processing of recommendations for awards and declinations, and supporting the outreach needs of the program. The incumbent is expected to participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to the program area and/or division. As a Program Officer in EHR, the incumbent is expected to contribute to the directorate's mission and goals as well as to the NSF overall mission including serving on EHR and agency wide working groups and committees.
The incumbent will represent the program, division, directorate, and 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.
Program Planning and Management
- Maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
- Manage program resources to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflicts-of-interest, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.
- Manage 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.
- Provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.
- Develop new knowledge, new tools, and new syntheses, which inform policies and practices for improving student learning and teaching.
- Advise and assist in the development of short- and long-range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs. Plan 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.
- Organize and prepare current data and other significant written material to be disseminated at meetings, conferences and symposia, which may be initiated by the incumbent.
- Control waste, fraud, and abuse.
Representation, Communication and Leadership
- Represent the program, division, directorate, and 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.
- Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
- Participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to program area and/or division.
- Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals.
- Pursue and/or be responsible to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
- Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies, NSF's performance of the overall mission, and GPRA. Develop policies and plans for strengthening research and education programs. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
- Prepare and disseminate a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF's goals, trends and opportunities papers, and budget plans.
- Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as determined by the needs of HRD and as appropriate to the position.
- Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel demands permit.
- Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Background investigation.
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
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You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
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This position is in the bargaining unit.
Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in STEM or STEM Education, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
This position is outside the competitive civil service.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds
This announcement is open to All US Citizens who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.
Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens 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.
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
- Demonstrated ability to design, plan, coordinate and manage a complex portfolio and program deliverables to achieve organizational objectives;
- Expertise in one of the STEM disciplines or in STEM Education or STEM Education Research;
- Knowledge of and experience in promoting diversity and broadening participation of underrepresented groups in STEM;
- Knowledge of federal broadening participation programs, the NSF broadening participation portfolio, and the NSF INCLUDES Big Idea;
- Analytical, presentation, and technical writing skills that evidence the ability to communicate effectively with diverse STEM and STEM Education communities to develop and advocate programs, policies, and plans; and
- Ability to interact, on a peer basis, with senior scientific and managerial personnel throughout NSF, other Federal agencies, academia, non-profits, and the private sector.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
All applicants must submit a resume in any format, and may also submit a cover letter.
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. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. 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.
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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.
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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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
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