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Job Title:Program Analyst, GS-0343-12 NF

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:OPP-2013-0001

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

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$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to Thursday, November 08, 2012




Full-time. - Permanent.




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NSF employees on permanent competitive service appointments.


Want to diversify your professional experiences?  Intrigued by other positions within NSF? Looking for a new way to contribute to NSF's mission? This may be the opportunity for you!

As an NSF employee, you are our most important strength. That's why we've consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in the federal government!  Leverage your current skills in a new capacity to build bridges across NSF and contribute to cross-cutting projects, while at the same time expanding your own career horizons by increasing your responsibilities and pursuing fresh perspectives.  Take charge of your career and apply today!

This position is located in the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), which is the NSF focal point for basic research and its operation support in the Arctic and the Antarctic.  The funds are provided as NSF grants to institutions (mainly U.S. universities), whose scientists perform the research at the institutions or in a polar region, and as cooperative agreements or contracts to support organizations including contractors and the U.S. military.


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The incumbent performs a variety of Program Analysis assignments in support of special or on-going projects in the activity to which assigned.  Projects may involve administrative program reviews, cross directorate administrative activities, and organizational studies related to Clusters, reorganizations, resources utilization, etc., to determine appropriateness or to make recommendations impacting the efficiency of operations.  The incumbent applies analytical techniques and information management skills to capture, assemble and disseminate data for assigned projects.  The incumbent conducts analyses, prepares evaluations, coordinates activities, and provides advice to management in one or more of the following areas: 

Financial Resources Management

  • Identifies and advises supervisor of resources required to provide administrative support, including funding, staff and equipment for assigned projects. 
  • Administers assigned budget operations by performing continuous analysis of organizational use of allocated funds.
  • Analyses and prepares reports of expenditures and projections. 
  • Identifies and advises Division Management Official(s) on financial matters including: establishing new accounts; funding special projects; resolving discrepancies; and handling of accounts. 

Business Process Management

  • Works collaboratively with other team members or project specialists to restructure work processes, standardize procedures, and manage changes for organizations supported.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of their contributions to the accomplishment of organizational/program goals and objectives.
  • Recommends changes, as appropriate to meet short and long-term strategic plans and objectives of organizations. 

Project Management 

  • Plans, develops, coordinates, organizes, implements, communicates, and tracks project plans, guidelines, budgets, procedures and timetables including recommending changes in policy and management activities for these projects.
  • Performs management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross directorate programs and activities.
  • Collects pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources within and outside NSF.  Applies various analytical techniques to data management systems in order to identify patterns and trends.  Develops tracking and reporting systems to monitor activities to ensure that activities meet established guidelines and schedules.


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To qualify at the GS-12 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques using both quantitative and qualitative analysis; compiling and analyzing program statistics; and preparing evaluations of program activities.

Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

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.


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.

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

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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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.


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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 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.


If you are an NSF employee in 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.


Bonnie Beavers
Phone: 703-292-8319
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


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