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Job Title:Operations Specialist, GS-0301-11/12 MP

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:ECCS-2013-0001

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current/former Fed employees w/competitive status obtained through a permanent Federal competitive service appointment OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

JOB SUMMARY:

This opportunity is also open to all US citizens under announcement ECCS-2013-0002. 

If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
More about NSF.

 

This position is located in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS). ECCS addresses fundamental research issues underlying device and component technologies, power, controls, computation, networking, communications and cyber technologies. ECCS supports the integration and networking of intelligent systems principles at the nano, micro and macro scales for a variety of application domains in healthcare, homeland security, disaster mitigation, energy, telecommunications, environment, transportation, manufacturing, and other systems-related areas. How can you be a critical part of this endeavor? The Operations Specialist (OS) works alongside the Program Support Manager as a member of a Program Support Team for an assigned organization. The OS supports the assigned unit's operational needs, such as budget management, human capital support, resource management, procurement, contracting, logistics, and space management. The OS ensures that the unit's operations are running smoothly on a day-to-day basis, and provides insight into long-term issues and needs. The work of the OS enables the other members of the Program Support Team to focus on providing administrative support to the process of review and funding of scientific research proposals.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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The primary purpose of this position is to provide administrative assistance and guidance for internal agency operating programs and projects, including analyzing and evaluating budgetary and financial programs, procurement, contracting, facilities and space management, human capital, and information technology. Specifically, responsibilities include:

  • Administering the division administrative budget, to include budget execution and monitoring. Making substantive contributions to budget formulation.
  • Conducting budgetary reporting and analysis; forecasting budgetary needs and identifying potential problems; certifying and obligating funds; and allocating funding and resources for division projects.
  • Preparing recommendations for the Division Director that impact the program such as changes in policies, procedures and plans affecting budgetary actions, internal programs, and systems operations.
  • Analyzing human capital resource requirements for current and projected workloads, realignment of functions and positions, staffing levels, and analysis of workforce planning initiatives.
  • Studying the benefits of new information technology and administrative support systems to improve the efficiency of administrative support or program operations and procedures.
  • Assisting division management in developing staffing plans by analyzing impact of long-term organizational needs and expectations, potential program changes, and current staff composition.
  • Utilizing appropriate Federal and NSF rules and regulations to guide recruitment, prepare personnel documents, and justifications for personnel decisions.
  • Working closely with the Division management to determine future program needs, and coordinating with the Division Director/Deputy Director/Executive Officer and Program Support Manager on modified or changed policies affecting program operations.
  • Serving as the Division's chief administrative liaison with Division Director, Program Support Manager and other organizations within NSF. Also serving as the administrative liaison with other Federal agencies and the scientific community.
  • Ensuring appropriate documentation of travel orders for division.

  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    At the GS-11 level: Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience that demonstrates knowledge of, and ability to solve problems related to the administrative programs needed to manage an organization. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of human resources or budget principles and practices, as well as be in one or more of the following areas: human resources, budget/finance, procurement, space administration, and management analysis. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related, may be substituted for the specialized experience. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. At the GS-12 level: Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience that demonstrates knowledge of, and ability to solve problems related to the administrative programs needed to manage an organization. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of human resources and budget principles and practices, as well as be in one or more of the following areas: finance, procurement, space administration, and management analysis.


    Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-11 level only as described in "Qualifications."

    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

    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.

    This is a non-bargaining unit position.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

    Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

    Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

    In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.

    To preview questions please click here.


    BENEFITS:

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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


    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide

    This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

    HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Applicant Guide.

    If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

    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.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

    If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

    If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a noncompetitive special appointing authority, under an interchange agreement, or
    similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

    1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or comparable federal agency form if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
    2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.
    3. Schedule A Certification - from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.
    4. Other - Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

    If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

    All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, 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/uploaded document(s).

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Karen Stemler
    Phone: 703-292-8401
    Fax: 703-292-7478
    TDD: 703-292-5090
    Email: kstemler@nsf.gov
    Agency Information:
    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    22230
    US
    Fax: 703-292-7478

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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

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    Job Announcement Number:

    ECCS-2013-0001

    Control Number:

    337052900