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Job Title:  Program Director, Division of Human Resource Development
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  HRD-2013-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 03, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013
Full-time. Rotator - - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered for Federal appointments. 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 only be considered for the IPA program.


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 Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), serves as a focal point for NSF's agency-wide commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research through broadening participation by historically underrepresented groups - minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. HRD envisions a well-prepared and competitive U.S. workforce of scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians, and educators that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population. HRD's mission is to grow the innovative and competitive U.S. STEM workforce that is vital for sustaining and advancing the nation's prosperity by supporting the broader participation and success of individuals currently underrepresented in STEM and the institutions that serve them. For more information about HRD, please visit here.



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    The individuals selected for this position will serve as a Program Director focused on evaluation and research on broadening participation of underrepresented populations in STEM (e.g., underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities), in the EHR Core Research (ECR) program, and the Promoting Research and Innovation in Methodologies for Evaluation (PRIME) program.  The individual will provide leadership and expertise in research and evaluation for the HRD division and may work with other HRD and EHR programs as needed.    

    The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director include long-range planning and budget development, administration and management of the NSF merit review process and proposal recommendations, portfolio management, and post award monitoring of funded projects, including site visits and review of annual and final reports. Additional duties and responsibilities include review of HRD evaluation contracts and progress reports on evaluation; advising the Division Directors and Program officers on issues related to program and project evaluation; participation in EHR-wide program evaluation and monitoring activities;  participation in the development of solicitations and/or program announcements; representing HRD at professional meetings and conferences; conducting analyses and preparing reports for programs and other EHR and HRD activities, especially those that require evaluation; contributing to the Foundation-wide activities for broadening participation; and representing the division in cross-directorate and interagency initiatives. Finally, Program Directors are expected to maintain familiarity with salient current research developments and pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit. 


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    Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a social or behavioral science, educational research, evaluation or a related field, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. 

    Ideal candidates will have knowledge and experience in: designing and implementing STEM evaluation and measurement systems; research on broadening the participation of underrepresented individuals (e.g., underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, women, and persons with disabilities) in STEM education and workforce; and research methodologies, evaluation theory and practice. 

    Also desirable is knowledge and/or experience with: the general scientific community; STEM teaching and research at various institutional types, including community colleges, at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; federal evaluation and monitoring practices; and/or higher education administration.  

    Successful applicants must possess excellent interpersonal skills and strong skills in written and oral communication. All appointees are expected to function effectively both independently and as part of a team, and to contribute to coordination with programs and offices throughout the Foundation as well as with other federal and state agencies and private sector entities.  

    You must meet eligibility requirements before 11:59PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

    All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


    You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits.  NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment.  Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

    Under the provisions of the IPA Act, non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.  

    For Visiting Scientist appointments, individuals are in a non-pay leave status from their home institutions and are appointed to NSF's payroll as Federal employees. NSF withholds Social Security and provides reimbursement to the home institution for fringe benefits.  For information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments, visit our website.

    For more information regarding Federal Temporary Appointments, visit OPM's website.


    Relocation expenses will be paid subject to funds availability.

    For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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    Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed or uploaded before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

    WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

    If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.



    Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship 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 only be considered for the IPA program.

    Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

    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.


    Krystal Mendenhall
    Phone: 703-292-4345
    Fax: 703-292-9185
    TDD: 703-292-5090
    Agency Information:
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA
    Fax: 703-292-9185


    Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

    You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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