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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Office of the Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. The Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA) communicates information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation. OLPA employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the general public,  Congress, the news media, state and local governments, Federal agencies, and the research and education communities.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent performs a variety of Program Analysis assignments in support of special or on-going projects that involve administrative program reviews and organizational studies etc.

    At the GS-7 level, duties include:

    -Assisting senior staff in research of regulations and laws to support the development of materials, policy development, and the interpretation of policy issuances and regulations.

    -Gathering, extracting, reviewing and consolidating data in the formulation of periodic reports for presentations, and for a wide variety of other purposes.

    -Assisting senior staff in the preparation and analysis of program reports.

    -Performing general office support functions to include: receiving and screening calls and visitors, managing calendars for senior level employees, referring visitors to appropriate staff, and developing, routing and tracking correspondence.

    -Assists in performing business process evaluation and improvement activities.


    At the GS-9 level, duties include utilizing and applying analytical techniques to capture, assemble and disseminate data, prepare evaluations, coordinate activities, and provide advice to management in the following areas:

    Project Management:

    -Plan, develop, implement and track project plans, guidelines, budgets, procedures and timetables.

    -Perform management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects and recommend changes in policy and management activities.

    -Collect pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources and apply analytical techniques to data management systems to identify patterns and trends and develop tracking and reporting systems to monitor activities.

    Financial Resources Management:

    -Administer budget operations and analyze and prepare reports of expenditures and projections. 

    -Reconcile accounts and resolve discrepancies.

    -Ensure financial regulations are adhered to.

    -Performs budget management and tracking activities.  


    Business Process Management:

    -Restructure work processes, standardize procedures, and manage changes across an organization.

    -Evaluate effectiveness of administrative procedures and their contribution to organizational goals and objectives and make recommendations as necessary.

    -Run routine reports and analyze data as required.

    Administrative Support:

    -Receive and screen calls and visitors, refer visitors to appropriate staff, and develop, route and track correspondence.

    -Ensure correspondence conforms to use of correct format, routing, procedures and grammar.

    -Prepare complex but non-technical answers to queries and actions.

    -Manages calendars and schedules meetings/conferences as necessary.

    Competencies:

    • Financial Resources Management
    • Computer/IT skills
    • Business Process Management/Project Management
    • Analytical Skills
    • Oral and Written Communication
    • Teamwork/Collaboration

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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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-7 level, you must have one of the following:

    1. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: extracting, reviewing, consolidating data in the formulation of reports; assisting senior analysts in the preparation of reports; performing research of laws/regulations.

    2. One full year of graduate level education.

    3. A Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement - that is one of the following: In the upper one-third of your graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or based on courses completed during your final 2 years.  

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

    To qualify at the GS-09 level, you need to have one of the following:

    1. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: conducting analysis of financial matters; using various data management systems to identify patterns/trends, and track/monitor analytical activities; & assisting in the performance of management studies to evaluate programs and offer recommendations.

    2. A master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    3. Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

    4. A combination of post high school education and experience that together 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, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.


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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

    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 not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under an Interchange Agreements, under a non-competitive authority, or under a similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

    1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50s) or comparable federal agency forms to verify your eligibility for reinstatement and/or grade/step/salary if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
    • SF-50 must indicate that appointment is/was to a competitive service position with permanent tenure or conditional tenure within the last three years; OR, to a similar position in the excepted service at an agency that has an Interchange Agreement.
    • An example of a comparable agency form is a personnel action from a DOD Non-appropriated Fund organization or from the US Postal Service for a current and continuing appointment without a break in service.
    • Documents that are NOT comparable and NOT acceptable substitutes for a SF-50 include a SF-52, a Performance Appraisal form, a Personnel Action Request (PAR), or a Request for Personnel Action (RPA).

    2. Performance appraisals and awards may be considered during the evaluation process if voluntarily submitted.

    3. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.

    4. Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

    5. Other – Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

    If you are requesting consideration under a Special Hiring Authority listed below, you must submit the required documentation as outlined in the regulation or Executive Order. Please also annotate your application to reflect that you are applying under a special hiring authority. If you are requesting consideration under a Special Hiring Authority not listed below, please email eRecruit@nsf.gov or reach out to the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement.
      
    • Returned Peace Corp Volunteers   
    • Certain Military Spouses (Executive Order 13473)   
    • Former Overseas Employees   
    • Foreign Service Employees   
    • Career Service Employees   
    • Postal Rate Commission Employees   
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO) Employees   
    • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Employees   

    If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or
    CTAP, you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

     If qualifying based on education, you must submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.

    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.

    All uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

    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 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

    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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    Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference? Interested in working in a dynamic, small-agency environment? At NSF, every member of the team contributes to success! That's just one of the reasons why NSF, conveniently located in Alexandria, VA, is one of the best places to work in the federal government. Due to its relatively small number of employees, NSF has a unique feeling of collegiality. It is not uncommon to hear colleagues discuss a wide variety of subjects from our newest work-life initiatives to the latest scientific, engineering, and education developments.

    At NSF, you will use your administrative support expertise in an exciting, challenging, and team-oriented environment. You will have the opportunity to use your current skills to help make NSF's vision of the future become reality. NSF also offers a variety of formal and informal learning and development opportunities that you can use to build new skills and advance your career. If you’re seeking variety and challenge in a collegial atmosphere, look no further than NSF!
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    Next steps

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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.

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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.

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