Job Overview


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.


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.