The Program Director for the Solar Terrestrial Program is responsible for the planning and administration of the program within the framework of legislation, agency policies, missions, objectives and resources and serves as spokesperson for the program with regard to the scientific community. The Program Director is responsible for the planning, coordination, and management of basic and applied research, facilities, and other scientific activities primarily through Federal grants and contracts to academic institutions, non-profit, non-academic research institutions, professional organizations and the private sector. The Program Director is also responsible for initiating new programs, organizing symposia, and changing objectives of research efforts which have impact on major areas of science. The Program Director serves as the NSF's representative on permanent or ad hoc committees to assess the scientific quality and validity of ongoing research and to plan future approaches. The activities of the program are broad in scope and require close coordination with related programs, both within and outside the agency having national and international scope and impact. Contacts are typically with eminent scientists.
The Program Director of this position serves as a recognized authority in the area of solar physics.
Additional duties and responsibilities include:
A. PROPOSAL REVIEW AND EVALUATION
Designs and implements the proposal review and evaluation process for the program to assure quality of research proposals and the adequacy of review.
Conducts scientific/technical analyses of proposals.
Establishes or modifies the system for selecting ad hoc reviewers to meet Foundation objectives and program needs.
Negotiates revision of proposal budgets when appropriate, and serves as ongoing advisor to applicants and grantees concerning NSF policies, requirements, regulations, and program objectives.
Conducts final review of proposals and evaluations and recommends awards or declinations, based on scientific merit and continuing evaluation of the availability of resources, priorities, and knowledge of NSF policies and goals.
Coordinates with other Federal agencies on duplicate proposals, joint funding of and cooperative support of proposals, and cooperative support of sub-areas of the program. Serves as NSF spokesperson for the program on these interagency committees.
B. CONSULTATION AND LIAISON
Serves as the primary consultant within NSF on scientific matters related to the solar terrestrial research and serves as the NSF spokesperson in this area. Provides authoritative and expert advice, interacts with other scientific experts and speaks for the Section Head and Division Director in coordinating the efforts of others. Works with Advisory Committees as necessary.
Represents the NSF at professional meetings and seminars.
Provides advice to the other agencies and institutions in his/her scientific discipline. Advises prospective applicants and institutional representatives regarding program objectives and NSF policies, and practices.
Acts as spokesperson for the agency and advises top management, peers at NSF and other Federal Agencies, and the scientific community in matters relating to program areas of responsibility. Advice is regarded as authoritative.
Responsible for coordinating with other Directorates' programs designed to enhance the involvement of women, minorities, and the handicapped, the industrial sector, international science, and primary undergraduate institutions in the program area.
Keeps abreast of relevant scientific research by attending processional meetings, conferences and reviewing scientific literature.
Manages/monitors grant/contracts/cooperative agreements under his/her purview to ensure fulfillment of commitments to NSF. Evaluates program content by site visits and by review or evaluation of reports and publications. Revises budgets and project descriptions as necessary and provide guidance to program staff and oversees management of the program.
In consultation with the supervisor, prepares program budget and operating requirements for the program and serves in a lead capacity for coordinating the budget request plan for the Section Head.
Establishes program goals and objectives; initiates new program thrusts and phases out old projects.
Allocates resources among sub-fields and projects with the program.
Recommends new management practices to higher echelon management and devises/implements improved management procedures with the Program.
Plans and implements new or revised policies and plans in scientific, fiscal and administrative matters to improve the activities and management of the program.
Recommends and implements new or revised policies and plans in scientific, fiscal, and administrative matters to improve the activities and management of the program.
Determines the need for and directs the preparation of technical and administrative guides, to accomplish program research objectives.