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Job Title:  Program Director (Business Analyst)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  OPP-2013-0006

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
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Monday, March 04, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent.
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. 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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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.


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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.


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

    1. Demonstrate skill in developing cost and economic impact assessments in a physical sciences or engineering capacity in a multi-organizational and geographically dispersed environment.
    2. 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.
    3. Experience in recommending and implementing effective and efficient cost and budgeting structures.
    4. Ability to design, develop and execute a variety of data analysis techniques.
    5. 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.
    6. Proven ability to brief findings orally and in writing to subordinates, peers and senior government officials.

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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


      If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

      The Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

      Relocation expenses may 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.

      You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letters(s) of recommendation. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to submit a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

      You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

      Faxing Instructions: Please print out the appropriate fax coversheet(s) and follow the instructions carefully. All faxing must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the job announcement closing date. 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 document(s).

      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 document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.


      Phone: 703-292-8781
      Fax: 703-292-9279
      TDD: 703-292-5090
      Agency Information:
      4201 Wilson Blvd
      Room 315
      Arlington, VA
      Fax: 703-292-9279


      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. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. 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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