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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 Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service.  Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system.  Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay.  Competitive status is not required, veterans preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions.  New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period.  Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions.  These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position.  Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.


Within the guidelines established by the Director of the National Science Foundation, establishes policies and provides leadership and management for NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA).  OLPA gives voice to the policies and programs of the Foundation, which invests in the innovative ideas, outstanding people and cutting-edge tools that our nation needs for a 21st Century research and education enterprise.  OLPA heads up NSF’s extensive outreach activities that include formal and informal contacts with members of Congress and their staffs, the executive branch, print and electronic media, Governors and other state officials, colleges and universities, professional organizations, key corporate leaders, business and industry groups and associations,  and members of the general public.  The Director, OLPA communicates and  interacts with all of the programs and activities of the Foundation, and provides advisory services to the Director and Deputy Director regarding relations with Congress and the media, and on relevant issues.    

The Director, OLPA has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of OLPA staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives.  This includes implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting.  Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to OLPA staff.  Fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community. The Director, OLPA is a member of the NSF senior management team.