Job Title: Operations Manager (Antarctic Programs)Job Announcement Number: OPP-2013-0004
Agency: National Science Foundation
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Thursday, December 13, 2012 to
Thursday, January 10, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered. Therefore, you are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-citizens who do not provide documentation will not be considered.
"Monster/Hiring Management will be unavailable/offline Sunday, December 16, 2012. You will not be able to apply for this job announcement during this time."
Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 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.
NSF's Office of Polar Programs (OPP) is seeking candidates for an Operations Manager within the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL), Arlington VA.
The mission of AIL Division is to provide infrastructure, logistics, and operational support for the United States’ year round presence in Antarctica including maintenance and operation of three year round research stations, extensive laboratory and computing capabilities for research, icebreaking research ships, and air transport to support the US research mission. More information about OPP and its Programs can be found here.
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DUTIES:Back to top
The Operations Manager has responsibility for working closely with other AIL managers responsible for logistics, research ships, aviation assets, science support and information technology. As Operations Manager for the AIL Division, you will be responsible for:
- Coordinating the development of annual and long-range strategic plans for operational activities in the United States Antarctic Program (USAP).
- Forecasting future budget requirements for proposed and scheduled operations initiatives.
- Overseeing the management and delivery of transportation systems, power, water, fuel, waste, roads, runways, and other essential support services in Antarctica.
- Working with the US Department of Defense or other reliable sources, developing cost analysis and strategy for the annual procurement and delivery of fuel for Antarctic operations to ensure sufficient fuel is available to support future operations and that the best pricing is received.
- Serving as an Activity Based Manager (ABM) for portions of the USAP Antarctic Support Contractor, and provides technical guidance and performance-based oversight of snow, ice and permafrost construction activities.
The Operations Manager will be responsible for periodically deploying to Antarctica to perform oversight functions, and may also serve as the National Science Foundation Representative, Antarctica (NSFREP). The principal functions of the NSFREP, Antarctica are:
- Coordinating operational support for science and infrastructure maintenance through the direction of commercial and civilian and military contract groups to ensure successful field support.
- Reporting to NSF Polar Programs senior management any instances where the operational units are not making a reasonable effort to fulfill the objectives of the U.S. Antarctic Program.
- Advising NSF Polar Programs on current and future operational challenges and opportunities to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency.
- Coordinating the Polar Programs direction of the NSF contractor's efforts at McMurdo, South Pole, and inland field locations through the contract project manager or his/her designated representative.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent experience in civil, mechanical, or structural engineering, or a related field. In addition, applicants must have at least six years of research experience and/or experience managing complex research facilities operations.
Appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to standards used for USAP medical/dental screening for travel to Anarctica.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position. 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
- Skill in planning, managing, completing, overseeing, and critically evaluating operations, taking corrective actions, and resolving operational issues.
- Skill in applying technologies to the development of infrastructure related to operations.
- Ability to develop annual and long-range plans including budget estimation, development, and accounting for expenditures.
- Skill in implementing contracts, MOAs, and cooperative agreements, including negotiating statements of work, cost, and performance evaluation.
- Skill in negotiating and resolving issues with equivalent or higher ranking levels of management in the military, civilian Federal Service, and private sectors.
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