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Job Title:  Computer Scientist (Program Director)
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  CCF-2013-0005

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
Monday, March 04, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22230View Map

Applications will be accepted from current National Science Foundation (NSF) employees only.


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 NSF is currently seeking one qualified candidate for the position of Program Director in the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) in the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE).  CCF supports research and education that explore the foundations of computing and communication devices, their usage, and their limits.  We are seeking an individual for the below core CCF program:

For more information about CCF, please visit here.



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


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NSF Program Directors are responsible for the management of research and other scientific activities primarily through Federal grants and contracts to: academic, non-profit, and non-academic institutions such as professional organizations and the private sector.  A Program Director is responsible for administration of the merit review of submitted proposals, managing an effective, timely peer review process, ensuring broad participation of reviewers and increasing involvement of under-represented groups, and making building an award portfolio that supports the vision and goals of NSF and CISE.  Duties include the processing of awards and declinations, contacting successful applicants prior to the award of the grant and unsuccessful applicants as necessary.   To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

Additional duties and responsibilities include the following:

  1. Managing resources so as to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interest and the participation of all qualified scientists.  Involvement in planning and administration of programs within the framework of legislation, agency policies, missions, objectives, and resources.
  2. Coordinating and serving as liaison with other programs in CISE, NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations.   Expected to provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including cross-directorate programs.
  3. Providing assistance to investigators whenever feasible.  Program Director will follow the progress of grantees through site visits, progress and fiscal reports, and correspondence.
  4. Preparing well-written materials and presentations that are consistent with NSF and CISE strategic goals and core strategies and that inform CISE stakeholders, including the Administration and Congress, the national science and engineering community and the public, of the intent, impact and promise of CISE ‘s programmatic investments.
  5. Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities. Serve as spokesperson for the Division to the scientific community.  


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Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in computer science or a related field with an emphasis on formal methods and their applications. In addition, applicants must have six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience beyond the Ph.D. that is relevant to the CCF’s programs.

Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of research accomplishments in the area of the science and foundations of software; a progressive vision for new trends in formal methods and applications to computer hardware and software design;  reliability of software systems; experience and knowledge with current research in the area of cybersecurity and trustworthy computing; and experience with the review and management of large awards including cooperative agreements.

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, but CCF is particularly interested in individuals with expertise in formal methods, software and hardware design methodologies and verification, and cybersecurity.

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.


  1. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination management process.
  2. Ability to manage an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size, quality and diversity of the reviewer pool.
  3. Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission.
  4. Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques.
  5. Ability to assess trends and opportunities in the field through participation in conferences and workshops and involvement in advisory panels.

To preview questions please click here.


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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.

This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy 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.



You are strongly encouraged to submit information regarding relevant awards received in the previous five years; 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 (Permanent); please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

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).


Johane Pace
Phone: 703-292-7493
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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