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Job Title:  Program Director
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  SES-2013-0009

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
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013
Full-time. - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment.
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 for Federal appointments. 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 only be considered for the IPA program.


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 National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Director position with expertise in cyber social sciences and topics between the social sciences and technology, within the Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Arlington, VA. Candidates should have a grasp of several social sciences and the range of social science methods.

The Division of Social and Economic Sciences seeks to enhance our understanding of individual, social and organizational behavior by creating and sustaining social science infrastructure, by supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge in the social and economic sciences and by facilitating community building among scientists of all types. More information about SES programs can be found here.



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    Duties include drafting solicitations, conducting outreach to relevant research communities, constructing and running peer review panels, and evaluating and funding research proposals. The candidate is expected to serve as the Division representative to cross-foundation activities around cyber initiatives, to allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field's needs, to assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels, to work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, Foundation and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of the NSF, to establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities, to pursue a personal scholarly agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits and to participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings and site visits.


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    Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a scientific discipline supported by the NSF. In addition, applicants must have six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to their area of interest. Ideal candidates would have disciplinary training in economics, political science, sociology, science, technology and society studies, or related fields. The candidate will serve in an appropriate SES disciplinary program as well as coordinate cross-disciplinary initiatives focused on the intersection of economic, political, and social research and computation.

    Candidates should have an interest in cybersecurity and a capacity to learn about the subject. Cybersecurity involves economic incentives for individuals and firms to engage in cybersecurity; psychological, behavioral, political or social factors which might affect organizations' or individuals' online security behavior; and organizational factors that might serve to align the incentives of the individual with the incentives of organizations or of broader society. Good candidates may also have a background in other topics: e.g. online interfaces to access large datasets; online behaviors such as social networking, economic exchange, or political access; the use of technology to facilitate political or social behavior.

    You must meet eligibility requirements before 11:59PM 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.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits. NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.

    For Visiting Scientist appointments, individuals are in a non-pay leave status from their home institutions and are appointed to NSF's payroll as Federal employees. NSF withholds Social Security and provides reimbursement to the home institution for fringe benefits. For information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments, visit our website.

    For more information regarding Federal Temporary Appointments, visit OPM's website.


    Relocation expenses will be paid subject to funds availability.

    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.

    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 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).


    Krystal Mendenhall
    Phone: 703-292-4345
    Fax: 703-292-9185
    TDD: 703-292-5090
    Agency Information:
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    Fax: 703-292-9185


    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. 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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