The NSF Staff Associate supports achieving the goals and core strategies of NSF's Strategic Plan, as well as those of the Division of Ocean Sciences within the Directorate for Geosciences. The goals are: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.
The incumbent of this position serves as the Policy Advisor to NSF leadership on ocean policy matters while working within the National Ocean Council (NOC) in the Executive Office of the President and the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) to provide ocean policy advice and guidance. The Policy Advisor will have knowledge of ocean science and technology policy issues, experience with Federal science policy development, the ability to understand and communicate between science and policy, and experience with high-level interagency committees.
The Policy Advisor is responsible for developing policy positions and recommendations, preparing and analyzing policy-related documents, managing interagency projects, ensuring ocean science and technology aspects of National Ocean Policy implementation, and liaising with the National Ocean Council Office, the Ocean Resource Management Interagency Policy Committee, and other entities as required. Additional duties and responsibilities include the following:
PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
Promotes a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
Provides scientific evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international and cross-directorate programs.
REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
Represents the Division of Ocean Sciences, within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, other agencies and organizations, and the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
Advises NSF leadership on ocean policy matters, including: Developing policy options and providing advice and guidance on interagency ocean policy and governance issues; developing NSF policy positions and recommendations on issues regarding the National Ocean Policy, the National Ocean Council in the Executive Office of the President, and other ocean policy and governance related actions and deliberations; preparing NSF leadership for engaging in Director and Deputy Director-level forums in the Executive Office of the President to ensure NSF positions are represented; providing context and historical reference on U.S. ocean policy and governance based on extensive experience in Federal ocean policy and governance efforts.
Represents NSF as Science Policy Contact to the National Ocean Council, including, developing and present NSF policy positions and recommendations on interagency development of policy actions and resolution of policy issues; preparing NSF analysis of and response to requests for information, content, and deliberation on ocean policy and governance issues; engaging with other Federal agencies in development of ocean policy matters.
Leads NSF review and analysis of ocean policy-related documents, including Federal interagency materials and Congressional testimony and questions for the record.
Represents NSF and NSF positions on interagency ocean governance and policy groups.
Develops NSF responses to Congressional inquiries on ocean policy matters.
Authors NSF narrative contributions to journals and magazines, such as Sea Technology magazine review and forecast issue.
Authors NSF narrative contribution to Federal Ocean and Coastal Activities Report to Congress.
Advises the White House National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST)/Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC).
Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
Participates in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
Pursues affirmative action and EEO goals.
Is responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary function teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination.
Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission. Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathers data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.