Job Overview


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This Job Opportunity Announcement has been AMENDED to extend the closing date to 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.


The Senior Science Advisor, a member of the CISE senior leadership team, assists the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director in the formulation of the Directorate’s scientific goals, objectives and priorities, the integration of scientific and technical priorities into effective policies, strategies, and programs and the implementation of program planning, implementation, and evaluation procedures. Many of the directorate’s activities have significant interagency dimensions in terms of scientific policy and programmatic development and operations. The incumbent, who takes a lead role in high-level interagency efforts, serves as a senior scientific advisor for CISE by preparing relevant analyses which provide a basis for major decisions in priority setting, directorate and program planning and internal management and for translating scientific decisions into effective budgetary and operational activities. He/she, current in the trend of research in the full range of the directorate’s fields, is cognizant of current and proposed initiatives impacting the CISE directorate and provides advice on the implications of such on the Directorate’s future programs and budgets.