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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Science Analyst position for the Integrative Programs Section in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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    For more information on OCE please click here.

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    The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) supports research, infrastructure, and education to advance understanding of all aspects of the global ocean and ocean basins, including their interactions with people and the integrated Earth System.  These activities provide knowledge critical to addressing many of our nation’s most pressing challenges involving earth processes. OCE promotes collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse scientific and educational community, including international efforts.  The Division works with the U.S. ocean sciences academic community to direct funding towards advancing the frontiers of knowledge, developing the next generation of researchers, and enhancing the public’s understanding of ocean sciences.   

    The employee in this position reports to the Head of the Integrative Programs Section (IPS) and will primarily provide support for the activities and programs within IPS as well as the related programs across the Division. The position includes a wide spectrum of research facilities, grants policy and process administration activities in support of the organization. In addition, the employee will help develop reports, analyses and presentations regarding the facilities portfolio of the Division. These activities will involve day-to-day interactions with staff throughout the Division, Directorate, other Directorates, and with other Federal Government organizations. The employee will be expected to acquire knowledge of, and experience with, NSF activities regarding the Government Results Performance Act, Committee of Visitor processes, Federal Advisory Committee Act requirements, and NSF proposal and award management policies. The employee will also support both in-reach and outreach activities.


    Major duties for the IPS Science Analyst include, but are not limited to the following:

    • As requested by the Section Head, or Program Directors, develop one-of-a-kind reports, studies, and analyses on oceanographic facilities and related topics for the Division. This may include activities and discussions regarding facilities support of research that involve staff within the Division, Directorate, across NSF organizations, and with external organizations, both public and private. Access to information and data from a wide variety of sources may be required and these data may include Controlled Unclassified Information. The ability to synthesize disparate information into coherent work products is essential.
    • As requested by the Section Head, or Program Directors in IPS, assists in the creation of presentations, including talking points, speeches, or presentation Topics may cover various disciplines supported by NSF. Background information may often need to be gathered from sources within the Division, Directorate, the Agency, or from other sources.
    • Work with the Section Head, and Program Directors to compile and present information on IPS program portfolios and outcomes that inform expert assessment of the overall Division's programs. Results may be published and may be used at Advisory Committee meetings, Committee of Visitors meetings, cross­ directorate meetings, and other internal and external fora.
    • On behalf of the Division, participate in other NSF and interagency activities related to assessment and evaluation of programs relevant to oceanographic facilities, ocean education and ocean technology development. This responsibility includes liaisons with, and contributions to, budgetary and   reporting groups, as well other Federal R&D Agencies. It also includes developing and sharing best practices regarding the assessment and evaluation of IPS programs, as well as maintaining awareness of related NSF activities, notably COV processes, statistical reporting, and program activities in facilities and technology policy.
    • Serve as a point of contact for IPS activity outcomes for OCE. Coordinate the development and submission of highlights for all IPS programs managed within OCE. Work with the Division Director and the IPS Section Head on approval of the IPS highlights. An understanding of the breadth of the oceanographic facilities, ocean education and ocean technology development programs supported by IPS and the Division is required.
    • Support and provide outreach activities for the IPS Section and the Division, particularly to those programs at the intersections to the Division's facilities, ocean education and ocean technology development portfolio.
    • Assists the Division Director and Section Head in the oversight of Committee of Visitor processes, providing guidance to the Division and programs on results-oriented activities.
    • Draws on knowledge of the IPS program portfolios and results to assist in the merit review and award oversight processes as appropriate, particularly for the Division's multidisciplinary activities.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1360 Oceanography

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    Conditions Of Employment

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

    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 (Foreign Talent Definitions).  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.

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

    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 Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences or a related field; OR a Master’s degree in Ocean Sciences or a related field plus after award of the degree, two 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.


    Additional information

    Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds

    This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) 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 

    1. Knowledge and experience in utilizing complex data management systems, standard data programming and management languages for data analysis, program grants monitoring, and tracking of Section’s and Division’s research facilities, technology and education programs.
    2. Ability to identify, collect, incorporate, analyze trends and outcomes, and report on data from internal and external sources (such as websites, online resources, and published materials) relevant to the Section’s and Division's programmatic goals. 
    3. Ability to communicate effectively both in verbal or written formats with internal Program Directors and external representatives from the ocean science and research facilities community on programs, policies, and plans.
    4. Demonstrated ability to operate independently in a high-visibility and fast-paced working environment that includes multiple internal and external Senior Executive Service (SES) members, high ranking Administratively Determined (AD) officials, and General Schedule (GS) staff.
    5. Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and recognize the status and essential characteristics of programs and develop statistical and graphical reports, analyses and presentations regarding the significance of their objectives to the NSF mission.  
    6. Demonstrated experience in conducting moderately complex analyses regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of existing ocean science community research facilities, technical support, and educational programs, which includes the ability to gather, analyze and present data analysis by utilizing research trends and results tracking.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    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. 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.

    You should 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 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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    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 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 Applicant Guide.

    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) 292-5090 for assistance.


    Agency contact information

    Anja Lindsley








    4215 Eisenhower Ave
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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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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