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This vacancy has been AMENDED to extend until June 3, 2013.  

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.

This position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis.  Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs.


As principal associate to the Assistant Director for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and a member of the senior leadership team, the Deputy Assistant Director joins with the Assistant Director to provide intellectual leadership and management oversight in all aspects of EHR’s scientific program. The Directorate provides research-based leadership for the Nation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning and education through its four divisions: Undergraduate Education; Graduate Education; Human Resource Development; and Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. On behalf of the Assistant Director, the Deputy Assistant Director has strategic oversight responsibility for the implementation of policy, represents EHR on internal and external senior level policy and planning bodies, and serves as the Assistant Director in his/her absence.  In conjunction with the Assistant Director, the Deputy Assistant Director provides direction and guidance to staff members in the Office of the Assistant Director and across the Directorate. The Deputy Assistant Director is a full participant with the Assistant Director and other senior managers in the planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of EHR programs and activities.