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Job Title:  Senior Associate for Science Communication (AD-101, 401, 801, 1301, 1520, 1550-04)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  NSB-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
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent.
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22230View Map
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.


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.

The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for the position of the Senior Associate for Science Communication within the National Science Board Office (NSBO), Arlington, VA.

The NSBO supports the work of the National Science Board (NSB). The NSB is responsible for pursuing the goals and function of the NSF, including the duty to recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering. The NSB has two important roles. First, it establishes the policies of NSF within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the President and the Congress. In this capacity, the Board identifies issues that are critical to NSF's future, approves NSF's strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and approves new major programs and awards. The second role of the Board is to serve as an independent body of advisors to both the President and Congress on national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education. In addition to major reports, the NSB also publishes occasional policy papers or statements on issues of importance to U.S. science and engineering. For more information about NSB, please visit here.


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


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The Senior Associate for Science Communications serves as the principal external affairs contact between the NSB and external scientific and professional organizations, industry representatives, institutions of higher education and the public  and is responsible for ensuring credibility and consistency in NSB science outreach and communication efforts. This individual maintains a comprehensive knowledge base of science and technology research and education issues, funded programs, and research priorities of interest to the NSB and other key stakeholders, such as the White House and Congress. He/she establishes and maintains reliable sources of information to identify pending legislation, funding, or resources issues that may affect the NSB and the accomplishment of NSF’s mission. Interactions include developing and maintain relationships with key Congressional/Senate and key White House staff  (OSTP, OMB, PCAST, etc.) and the media to ensure that NSB’s views on US science policy are coordinated with, and heard by, other science policy organizations. This individual formulates outreach strategies and communicates science policy to identify, follow and analyze NSB science policy issues relevant to the NSF, particularly those that affect NSF mission planning and execution, and develops and/or reviews science-related communications and outreach options to ensure that communications are factual and that they convey an appropriate representation of protocols in the area of scientific research.

In addition, the Senior Associate for Science Communication oversees strategies for developing and utilizing scientific content for NSB electronic and social media management activities, including responsibility for the NSB external website. He/she develops approaches to project a robust social media presence using YouTube, FaceBook, blogs, Twitter and other such tools to effectively disseminate information about NSB priorities and reports and develops enhanced usage of social media that advances NSF’s mission and its responsiveness to the science and engineering community. 


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Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines and/or another relevant scientific discipline supported by NSF. In addition you must have six years of successful research, research administration, and/or broad experience in using various outreach technologies and methodologies to promote science and engineering research and education.

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. Mastery of scientific concepts and broad knowledge of the science and research needed to review and analyze NSB science policy issues relevant to the Foundation.
  2. Ability to communicate complex scientific and technological concepts to various target audiences from the scientific community, Federal policy-makers and the media.
  3. Familiarity with local and national media outlets and the use of social media for promoting and disseminating technical information in a way that appeals to broad-based audiences.
  4. Expertise in writing science and technology-related press releases, articles, editorials and speeches.
  5. Knowledge of branding and marketing techniques.

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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.

Relocation expenses will be paid subject to funds availability.

This Senior Associate for Science Communication position is in the bargaining unit.

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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