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Job Title:  Operations Manager (Antarctic Programs)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  OPP-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Thursday, January 10, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent.
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
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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.


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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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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.



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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.



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

  1. Skill in planning, managing, completing, overseeing, and critically evaluating operations, taking corrective actions, and resolving operational issues.
  2. Skill in applying technologies to the development of infrastructure related to operations.
  3. Ability to develop annual and long-range plans including budget estimation, development, and accounting for expenditures.
  4. Skill in implementing contracts, MOAs, and cooperative agreements, including negotiating statements of work, cost, and performance evaluation.
  5. 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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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
  • Telecommuting
  • Physical fitness facility on site
  • NSF Federal Credit Union on site
  • Health services unit on site
  • Employee assistance program


If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

The Operations Manager position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent on availability of funds.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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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 Frequently Asked Questions.

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.



Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship 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.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letters(s) of recommendation. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to submit a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Faxing Instructions: Please print out the appropriate fax coversheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully. All faxing must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the job announcement closing date. Please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed document(s).

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

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.

All document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.


Phone: 703-292-8781
Fax: 703-292-9279
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-9279


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. 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.

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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