Job Title:Program Director (Business Analyst)
Agency:National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:OPP-2013-0006
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/ Per Year|
|Friday, February 15, 2013 to
Monday, March 04, 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.
NSF's Division of Polar Programs (POL) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is seeking candidates for a Program Director (Business Analyst), in Arlington VA. POL supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in polar regions through grants and awards to universities and other research organizations. Its responsibilities include interagency coordination of Arctic research as well as management of the US Antarctic Program, and providing the logistics infrastructure, and science support needed for the performance of its research awards through cooperative agreements and contracts with government, commercial, and military organizations. More information about POL and its Programs can be found here.
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DUTIES:Back to top
The Program Director duties and responsibilities are to manage high-level, high-impact and complex analysis, modeling, and forecasting projects from design through closeout. Creates cost and operations models to predict costs based on program design, providing program planners with the ability to optimize operations. Maintains cost and operations models for the logistics, infrastructure, and science support activities related to Arctic and Antarctic programs that are used for systems optimization and long-range investment planning, and observes and verifies changes as the program is executed. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Providing cost and economic impact assessments of policy and operational changes.
- Developing and maintaining master cost listings and rate tables of all resources supporting operations.
- Recommending and implementing effective and efficient cost and budgeting structures to meet program objectives and validates return on investment calculations associated with program optimization and investments. (Working with contractors and other service providers on annual budgets and program planning to define data requirements.)
- Designing and managing development and execution of new data analysis techniques, as well as modification of existing practices.
- Collaborating with operations and research support staff to determine the need for new techniques and the modification of existing ones, i.e. in light of the impacts of new techniques, systems, policies, and external forces. (Bridges financial/cost/operations analysis with operations functions.)
- Designing and implementing data collection systems through the programs, including commercial contractors, military and other federal agencies, requiring the ability to clearly explain highly complex principles and gain agreement on changes.
- Developing briefings to support new operating procedures and modification of existing ones and briefs senior management officials.
- Organizing staff and overseeing contractor resources to develop cost and operations models which facilitate continuous improvement and smart investing to achieve program efficiency and operations goals.
The Program Director will be required to oversee and administer contractor support for cost and technical analysis when necessary. Contract administration responsibilities will include:
- Developing statements of work and task orders.
- Serving as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for contracts and task orders and maintaining FAI COR/Level-II certification.
- Performing invoice and cost validation and review.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent experience in physical science, engineering, and/or mathematics. In addition, experience in finance, business, business administration, or accounting; and, be an expert in design and application of cost and operations analysis principles and terminology; plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience in the science and engineering field.
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
- Demonstrate skill in developing cost and economic impact assessments in a physical sciences or engineering capacity in a multi-organizational and geographically dispersed environment.
- Demonstrate ability to develop and maintain dynamic master cost listings and resource rate tables in a physical sciences or engineering capacity for a multi-organizational and geographically dispersed environment.
- Experience in recommending and implementing effective and efficient cost and budgeting structures.
- Ability to design, develop and execute a variety of data analysis techniques.
- Ability to design and implement effective data collection systems and to design programs to analyze the collected data in order to make recommendations for cost and resource savings.
- Proven ability to brief findings orally and in writing to subordinates, peers and senior government officials.
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