Job Title: Staff AssociateJob Announcement Number: SBE-2013-0006
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Friday, March 29, 2013 to
Friday, April 12, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applications will be accepted from current National Science Foundation (NSF) employees only. 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.
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 Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Office of the Assistant Director (OAD) is seeking candidates for a Staff Associate, in Arlington VA. SBE, which is responsible for research and education in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, consists of three divisions and the OAD. The SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) is housed within the OAD, and is the home for SBE-wide programmatic activities.
The Staff Associate is responsible to the SBE Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director for a range of issues that require coordination across the Foundation. The incumbent will take a lead role in Foundation-wide and interagency activities, including the development and implementation of policies that enable public access to the outcomes of federally-funded research. The Staff Associate will work with the SBE leadership team and assist the Office of the Director on science and technology issues as assigned. More information about SBE and its Programs can be found here.
- Background investigation.
- Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.
DUTIES:Back to top
As a Staff Associate for SBE, you will be responsible for:
- Providing technical advice to the Assistant Director, Deputy Assistant Director and the Office of the Director on policy development and implementation regarding public access to the outcomes of federally-funded research, and other science policy issues as they arise.
- Initiating, conducting, and managing studies and analyses to assess the scientific and technological contribution to the achievement of national goals and objectives.
- Analyzing and integrating scientific input and policy guidance from OMB, OSTP, Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, professional societies, the National Science Board, NSF policy groups, the SBE Advisory Committee, and other agencies and organizations into the directorate's plans for implementing public access and other science policy issues.
- Preparing background papers, presentations and reports for the use of the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director in discussions with the National Science Board and for hearings and congressional testimony.
- Working closely with the Chief Information Officer and the Division of Information Systems to facilitate implementation of NSF's public access policies.
- Creating and maintaining linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
- Serving on or leading NSF-wide groups addressing public access and other policy issues.
- Serving on or leading teams of experts on interagency studies and coordinate NSF involvement in interagency activities.
- Coordinating with international science community on public access (and other policy issues as they arise) and facilitating NSF interaction/participation in international science policy bodies.
- Representing the Directorate or NSF as appropriate, on internal committees, interagency committees, at meetings of other Federal agencies, professional organizations, and universities; participating, providing advice, and drafting recommendations and reports representing outcome of such meetings.
- As requested by the Assistant Director, serving as liaison with other Federal agencies particularly in interagency programs involving public access policy development and implementation.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must possess a PhD or equivalent experience in a field of science or engineering that is relevant to NSF’s portfolio, plus six or more years of research, administrative, or managerial experience that is pertinent to the position. In addition, a working knowledge of the Federal planning and policy process is required, as well as knowledge about the National Science and Technology Council, the Federal science agencies, and the academic, library and publications communities.
Applicants must be able to communicate and interact, on a peer basis, with senior science, engineering and managerial personnel throughout the Foundation, with other agencies, and the general science and engineering community, and is expected to know and diplomatically express the views and goals of the supervisor in all contacts both within and outside of the National Science Foundation. Applicant must also be skilled/experienced in operating both independently and interdependently with others. Outstanding oral and writing skills and capability to deal on a priority basis with a variety of materials or changing venues and tight deadlines are imperatives.
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
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- Knowledge of administrative systems, IT issues relating to public access (including preservation, storage, discoverability and retrieval), and relevant stakeholder communities (publishing, law, libraries and archives, public, private and nonprofits, and academia and advanced research communities), necessary to coordinate the design of an agency-wide public access policy.
- Skill in oral communication sufficient to speak effectively in a wide range of situations and to a variety of audiences, negotiate sensitive issues, and make a variety of presentations.
- Skill in written communication sufficient to respond to a variety of inquires, develop guidelines and procedures, prepare correspondence, program announcements, and other informational documents.