Job Overview

Summary

This vacancy has been AMENDED to extend until June 26, 2013.

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.

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.

Duties

The Head of the Surface Earth Processes Section serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal spokesperson in the area of Surface Earth Processes research.  The incumbent is responsible for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted funds for the section, which includes the following programs: EAR Education and Human Resources, Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics, Hydrologic Sciences, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology.  The Section supports both disciplinary and multidisciplinary programs.  The incumbent guides the Section in formulating and implementing its research objectives and manages its administrative, fiscal and personnel aspects.  The responsibilities of the Head of the Surface Earth Processes Section include the coordination of activities with other relevant organizations within the Foundation, other Federal agencies, community organizations and international partners.