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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) which supports fundamental research aimed at understanding organisms as units of biological organization, encouraging the use of integrative, interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems in organismal biology.

    Learn more about IOS here.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent of this position works with Program Directors and other members of the Program Administrative Team in support of special or on-going projects to ensure that the scientific objectives and goals of the Division and the Directorate are met. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating and carrying out proposal and award processing for assigned programs. Specific duties include:

    Program Analysis and Reporting

    - Analytical lead for the program support team, answering questions about how to access critical program data and analytical information.

    - Gathers raw data from multiple sources; analyzes and presents findings to management for program analysis and business process improvement.

    - Prepares analytical, comparative and statistical reports of program activities and accomplishments, including GPRA monitoring and reporting.

    Merit Review

    - Works with Program Officers to organize, implement, and oversee the proposal review process.

    - Responds to routine or moderately complex inquiries from principal investigators/reviewers related to programmatic issues not requiring scientific knowledge.

    - Manages technical preparation for Committee of Visitors meetings.

    - Organize logistics and coordination support to ensure the smooth functioning of panels and meetings.

    Outreach and Site Visit Coordination

    - Identifies outreach needs from the research community and works with Program Officers to develop outreach plans.

    - Oversees the coordination and logistical support for site visits, outreach activities and workshops.

    - May represent NSF by staffing booths at workshops and conferences, answering questions and providing information.

    Business Process Management

    - Works collaboratively with other team members or project specialists to restructure work processes, standardize procedures, and implement changes for supported organizations.

    - Evaluates the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of their contribution to the accomplishment of organization/program goals and objectives.

    Project Management

    - Plans, develops, coordinates, organizes, implements, communicates, and tracks project plans, guidelines, procedures and timetables, recommending changes in policy and management activities for the projects.

    - Performs studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned and identifies and recommends ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and activities.

    - Collects pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources within and outside NSF.

    - Participates in divisional meetings held to make decisions with regard to modifying or initiating programs or projects.

    Competencies:

    -Program Analysis and Reporting

    - Business Process Management

    -Project Management

    -Developing Reports and Data Analyses

    -Oral/Written Communication

    -Teamwork/Collaboration

    Promotion Potential

    12

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

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

    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

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

    Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

    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.

    This position is in the bargaining unit.

    Qualifications

    To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience performing analytical functions equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: using quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of administrative procedures; engaging in on-going analysis of financial matters to determine resources required and ensuring that regulations concerning financial management are adhered to; applying various analytical techniques to data management systems in order to identify patterns and trends; performing management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned and to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs and activities;   OR
     
    Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR

    Possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR

    Possess a combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.

    Education

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

    Additional information

    Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

    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.

    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.

    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

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

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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

    Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

    Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

    In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met. If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional

    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. 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 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.

    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

    Peggy Phelps

    Phone

    703-292-2453

    TDD

    703-292-8044

    Email

    pphelps@associates.nsf.gov

    Address

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    2415 Eisenhower Ave
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    United States
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  • 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.
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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.

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