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Job Title:  Staff Associate for Performance Management, (AD-0401/1310/1520/1550-03)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DOB-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $140,259.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Thursday, January 17, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent.
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22230View Map
Applications will be accepted from current National Science Foundation (NSF) employees only. 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.


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 is seeking candidates for a Staff Associate for Performance Management within the Budget Division (BD), Directorate for Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA), Arlington VA.

The BFA is responsible for the development, analysis, and execution of the Foundation's annual budget to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congress. This responsibility encompasses budget formulation and development, implementation and management of appropriate budget operations and control processes through development of operating plans and special analyses and assisting the CFO and Deputy CFO in the resource management of the Foundation.

The BD is also responsible for assisting with the development of long-range plans for the Foundation, developing annual performance plans, and supporting the NSF Performance Improvement Officer (PIO) in performing the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)/GPRA Modernization Act activities for all of NSF, including performance reporting and myriad performance evaluation activities. For more information about BD and its Programs, please visit here.


  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


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The Performance Management Associate conducts and coordinates analysis and advice for science and engineering issues related to the role of BD/BFA in performance management and NSF's implementation of the GPRA of 1993 and GPRA Modernization Act. The Associate's responsibilities cover a range of activities related to the assessment and evaluation of NSF's investments in science and engineering. The Associate:

  • Participates on various GPRA working groups for the purpose of identifying performance measures and indicators, monitoring progress, and analyzing results to comply with GPRA Modernization Act. Provides leadership within the BD in the development and preparation of materials and reports related to GPRA implementation.
  • Keeps abreast of performance and program evaluation activities within NSF and OMB and serves as liaison with senior science, engineering and education research staff and other science policy personnel on issues involving performance planning, monitoring, analysis, evaluation and reporting.
  • Works with agency-wide goal leaders to prepare for and participate in independent verification and validation procedures of annual performance information, data and processes.


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Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent experience in science and engineering. In addition, applicants must have at least four years of research experience and/or experience pertinent to the position.

The Performance Management Associate in BD must have demonstrated experience in science and engineering and in a Science agency's processes for supporting fundamental research and education; must be able to communicate and interact with senior science and managerial personnel throughout the Foundation and with other agencies; must be skilled/experienced in operating both independently and interdependently with others; and must have skills capabilities to deal on a priority basis with a variety of materials, changing expectations, and tight deadlines. Experience with GPRA activities is required.

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. Experience developing department or agency level strategic and performance plans, including the goal statements and standards or measures used to monitor the progress of research and mission-enabling programs.
  2. Experience in assessing the validity of the data and reported results for a science organization’s performance goals, and for verifying the reliability of the processes used to compile and report the data for these goals.
  3. Experience serving as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative or Contracting Officer’s Representative for contracts related to (1) strategic and performance planning and reporting and/or (2) program evaluation.
  4. Knowledge of NSF program goals and objectives, the sequence and timing of key GPRA Modernization Act program events and milestones, and experience working with OMB budget examiners and/or the OMB Performance Improvement Council (PIC).

To preview questions please click here.


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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 Staff Associate for Performance Management position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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.


Kenya B. Lyons
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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