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Job Title:Program Director, Documenting Endangered Languages Program

Agency:National Science Foundation

Hiring Organization:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:BCS-2012-0004

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 26, 2011 to Wednesday, November 30, 2011




Full-time. Rotator. - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment




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Applications will be accepted from US Citizens.  As permitted, Non-Citizens may also be considered.


Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement.  Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, if selected for a Federal Appointment, only "US Citizens and non-US Citizens who are permanent US residents actively seeking US citizenship" are eligible for employment.  If offered employment, you will be asked to provide evidence of your status.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise.  For over 50 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Program Director in the Documenting Endangered Languages Program, in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), within the Directorate for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arlington, VA.   

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. Fulfilling this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as the interactions between human and natural systems. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops.  

More information about the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences can be found here.

BCS participates in special initiatives and competitions on a number of topics including human-natural system interactions, children's research, cognitive neuroscience, human origins, and information technology. There is also infrastructure support to improve data resources, data archives, collaboratories, and centers.

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is a joint funding program of the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and advance scientific and scholarly knowledge concerning endangered human languages.  Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used human languages, DEL seeks not only to acquire scientific data that will soon be unobtainable, but also to integrate, systemize, and make the resulting linguistic findings widely available by exploiting advances in information technology.  As reflected in the new solicitation, the program focuses on language description, infrastructure, and computational methods.  Candidates for this program officer position should have expertise in one or more of these areas of science.  Because of this expertise, this candidate will also be expected to represent BCS in one or more cross-cutting activities that call upon cyberinfrastructure or computational approaches to science and education as appropriate to the candidates expertise.



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    - Allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field's needs;
    - Take action on all proposals in a timely manner;
    - Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
    - Participate in cross-cutting activities related to cyberinfrastructure, or the use of computational methods, within the Foundation and potentially across the federal government;
    - Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
    - Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
    - Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
    - Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;
    - Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
    - Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
    - Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits;


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    Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience directly related to linguistics; plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program.

    In addition to above qualification, experience in language description, infrastructure, computational methods, cyberinfrastructure and cyber-capabilities is highly desired.


    You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.
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    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits.  NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment.  Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations.  For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

    For Visiting Scientist appointments, individuals are in a non-pay leave status from their home institutions and are appointed to NSF's payroll as Federal employees.  NSF withholds Social Security and provides reimbursement to the home institution for fringe benefits.  For information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments, visit our website.

    For more information regarding Federal Temporary Appointments, visit OPM's website.



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    You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    You may submit a resume or other application document of your choice.  Please include the vacancy announcement number and your country of citizenship.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, please indicate whether or not you are a permanent U.S. resident, and whether or not you are actively seeking U.S. citizenship.

    We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form.  This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

    For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

    NSF is an environmentally conscious Federal agency dedicated to paper reduction.  Please help support our efforts by submitting all application materials via email.  This will facilitate timely receipt and help save our environment.  Applications and other materials should be transmitted electronically no later than midnight of the closing date to  Please include the vacancy announcement number and your country of citizenship in the subject line of the email.  

    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.  



    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.


    Courtney Starcher
    Phone: 703-292-4345
    Fax: 703-292-9185
    Agency Information:
    National Science Foundation
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    Fax: 703-292-9185


    Applicants will receive notice once applications are sent to the selecting official.

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