Job Title: Senior Associate for Science Communication (AD-101, 401, 801, 1301, 1520, 1550-04)Job Announcement Number: NSB-2013-0004
Agency: National Science Foundation
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to
Thursday, February 21, 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.
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.
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DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
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.
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
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- 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.
- Ability to communicate complex scientific and technological concepts to various target audiences from the scientific community, Federal policy-makers and the media.
- 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.
- Expertise in writing science and technology-related press releases, articles, editorials and speeches.
- Knowledge of branding and marketing techniques.