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    Summary

    This is an opportunity under the Internship Program under Pathways. The Internship Program provides students enrolled in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education. Veteran's Preference will be applied in filling positions under the Pathways Programs. These student positions will be filled within Directorates and Offices throughout the Foundation.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Student Trainee, you will:

    • Play a key role in the processes involved in grants and cooperative agreements including soliciting and evaluating proposals, awarding funds, monitoring the status of grants and cooperative agreements, tracking budgets, and preparing a variety of reports.

    • Work with a variety of automated systems to enter information about grant proposals, to forward information to reviewers electronically, and to facilitate panel review meetings.

    • Coordinate the logistics for meetings and conferences of scientific panelists or senior leaders.

    • Provide administrative support to staff including handling travel arrangements; and assisting in the management of the DD and/or DDD’s calendar and scheduling of appointments; answering phones; greeting visitors; and participating in the planning/coordination of meetings, including making space reservations, etc.            

    Competencies:

    • Travel and Panel Meeting Coordination

    • Proposal Management and Award Administration

    • Teamwork

    • Communication

    • Customer Service

    • Administrative Support

    **This announcement may be used to hire Student Trainee (Administrative Support Assistant) or Student Trainee (Program Assistant) employees**

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    07

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • You must be taking at least a half-time course load.
    • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
    • Background investigation.

    It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs.  Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

    • Eligible students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited academic institution & maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher.
    • Students may be hired for Internship positions at any time during the year, & may work full-time or part-time based on office needs.
    • Students will be on indefinite appointments during their period of eligibility under the Internship Program.
    • Interns will be required to sign an agreement that outlines the parameters of the Internship Program.
    • The Internship Program allows students an opportunity to be converted non-competitively to a career-conditional or term position once the student completes all requirements of the Internship Program.
    • Noncompetitive conversion to a permanent or term position is NOT guaranteed. The Intern’s eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the agency will opt for conversion.
    • Interns may be required to submit updated transcripts and proof of enrollment upon selection.  

    From the closing date of this vacancy announcement, applicants MUST have at least one year remaining in their required coursework for completion of their degree.

    Experience refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) & other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills & can provide valuable training & experience that translates to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    You must answer all job-related questions in the eRecruit questionnaire.

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

    This position is in the bargaining unit.

    Qualifications

    To qualify at the GS-05 level, you must have successfully completed four full years of education above high school level;

    OR At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes the following: using word processing software to prepare correspondence, responding to routine non-technical inquiries or other clerical or office support functions.

    To qualify at the GS-6 level, you must have completed one full semester of graduate level (9 semester hours) education; 

    OR least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes the following: using word processing software to prepare correspondence, reports and other document; track pending actions to ensure timely completion of work assignments; coordinating and making travel arrangements; responding to routine non-technical inquiries; and coordinating and handling logistical support for meetings.

    To qualify at GS-7, you must have completion of one full academic year of graduate level (12 semester hours) education;

    OR have a Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement (as evidenced by class standing in the upper third of the graduating class; 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all academic work; grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the major field of study; or election to membership in a national honor scholastic society).

    OR At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes the following: collecting data and evaluating information, reviewing budget data to monitor expenditures, and assisting with database queries.


    From the closing date of this vacancy announcement, applicants must have at least one year remaining in their required coursework for completion of their degree.

    Education

    Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications."

    All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: Accreditation.

    PLEASE NOTE:  Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.

    Additional information

    Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

    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. Non-citizens may NOT be converted to competitive service appointments.

    This announcement may be used to fill either of the following positions: Student Trainee (Program Assistant) or Student Trainee (Administrative Support Assistant) in the Pathways Program. 

    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.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
    ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good” on the questionnaire.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
    Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

    Veteran's Preference:
    If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicant qualifications will be assessed based on the level of completed education and relevant work experience at the closing date of the announcement. Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed:  Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.  

    Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

    The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

    Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least “Very Good.”


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    You are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents at the time you submit your resume. Cover letters are optional.

    •  You MUST submit your official or unofficial college transcripts, including your GPA, with your application. This office will be unable to determine qualification eligibility without transcripts.  Applications without transcripts are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE".  Transcripts will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.
    • You MUST provide proof of enrollment for the current Winter or Spring 2020 academic term (i.e., course schedule, acceptance letter, letter from the registrar). Applications without proof of enrollment are incomplete applications and will be rated "INELIGIBLE".  Proof of Enrollment will NOT be accepted after the closing date of this announcement.

    If you are entitled to veterans' preference:

    You must submit all required documents at the time you complete your application or it will not receive further consideration.

    You must provide a copy of your DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

    For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.

    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. However, non citizens may not be converted to the competitive service.

    At the time of application, if you choose not to upload the documents, you will be directed to a webpage which lists the available fax coversheets for any documents we require. (Veterans note: documents related to veteran's preference are requested only when you first register in NSF's eRecruit system.) Please print out the appropriate fax coversheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully.

    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 and/or 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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    Benefits

    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
       Telecommuting
       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 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.  Since referrals may occur prior to the closing date, we urge you to submit all required documents as soon as possible; you cannot be referred until you have a filed a complete application which includes the required documents.  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 Applicant Guide.

    If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

    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.

    Agency contact information

    Kelly Coleman

    Phone

    703-292-2131

    TDD

    703-292-8044

    Email

    kecolema@associates.nsf.gov

    Address

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    2415 Eisenhower Ave
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    United States
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    NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

    NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers.

    We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do.
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    Next steps

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/553697000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.