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Job Title:Director, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Office of the Director

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:LPA-2013-0010

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$155,500.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-0301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. - SES Career Appointment.

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22230View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all Federal Civil Service employees that are U.S. Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS


    DUTIES:

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    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.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL
    Essential

    1. Leading Change.  Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 

    2. Leading People.  Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 

    3. Results-Driven Leadership.  Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 

    4. Business Acumen.  Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  

    5. Building Coalitions.  Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications.


    PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL
    Essential

    1. Advanced degree or equivalent professional experience in public affairs, public administration or a field of science or engineering related to the NSF mission. 

    2. Broad experience in the public relations and/or congressional liaison environments, including demonstrated knowledge of procedures and strategies involved in effective interaction with the press and broadcast media and Members of Congress and their staffs.  

    3. Demonstrated ability to conceive, implement and lead a successful, innovative public affairs program for a major organization involved in science and engineering research and education.  Includes knowledge of state-of-the-art public affairs devices and means to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences. 

    4. Demonstrated ability to interpret and clarify Executive Branch and congressional directives and Federal budgeting policy and procedures as they relate to organizational objectives.

    5. Experience working with scientists, engineers and science/engineering administrators/managers on policy and budgetary issues affecting the vitality of the scientific/engineering enterprise and the funding of research and education, and the ability to recommend agency strategies and policies.

    Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial Qualifications (ECQs/Ems); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's
    Guide to Executive Qualifications.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the qualification requirements. Eligible applicants will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel according to the criteria based on the qualification requirements. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.

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    BENEFITS:

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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


    OTHER INFORMATION:

    You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

    The individual selected will be required to file an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (SF-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    HOW TO APPLY:

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    You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.

    Ensure that your application includes the documents listed below and reflects your background in terms of the qualification requirements for the position.

    1. Resume or other application format of your choice.  Your application should contain the following information: Announcement number and your country of citizenship (If you are not a U.S. citizen, please indicate whether or not you are a permanent U.S. resident, and whether or not you are actively seeking U.S. citizenship. 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); Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary.  If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.

    2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of (a)the executive/managerial, and (b)the professional/technical requirements.

    3. NSF Form 1232, Applicant Survey.  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.


    APPLICATION SUBMISSION:  Applications must be received by the closing date on this announcement.  Applications may be transmitted electronically to execsrch@nsf.gov or mailed or delivered to the following address:
    National Science Foundation.
    Division of Human Resource Management.
    Executive & Visiting Personnel Branch, Room 315.
    ATTN: LPA-2013-0010
    4201 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, VA 22230

    Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-4345; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.

    Additional information on the NSF mission, structure, programs, and operations may be accessed through our website.  The NSF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact on this job opportunity announcement.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Krystal Mendenhall
    Phone: 703-292-4345
    Fax: 703-292-9185
    TDD: 703-292-5090
    Email: kmendenh@nsf.gov
    Agency Information:
    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    22230
    US
    Fax: 703-292-9185

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    LPA-2013-0010

    Control Number:

    341514200