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This announcement for a Program Analyst position may be used to fill one or more positions in any Division in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). The Directorate for Biological Sciences at NSF, provides support for research to advance understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies range across progressively more complex systems and scales encompassing the structure and dynamics of biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere. The mission of the Directorate for Biological Sciences is to enable discoveries for understanding life. BIO-supported research advances the frontiers of biological knowledge, increases understanding of complex systems, and provides a theoretical basis for original research in many other scientific disciplines. To learn more about BIO at the National Science Foundation, please visit: the Directorate for Biological Sciences


The Program Analyst is responsible for providing administrative support to one or more Divisions on end-to-end merit review and award management and oversight processes, with a focus on analytical support. The Program Analyst may serve as the key person and is responsible for coordinating and carrying out the proposal and award processing for assigned programs. Key functions of this position involve program analysis and reporting, merit review, outreach and site visit coordination, business process management, and project management. As Program Analyst, you will: Serve as the analytical lead for the Program Support Team, and answer questions about how to access critical program data and analytical information. Conduct moderate to very complex qualitative and quantitative analyses, using research trends and outcomes to inform proposal processing activities and policy related to scientific content. Work with the Program Director to organize and oversee the proposal review process. Oversee logistics and coordination support to ensure the smooth functioning of panels and meetings. Oversee the coordination of logistical support for site visits, outreach activities and workshops. Work collaboratively with other team members or project specialists to restructure work processes, standardize procedures, and implement changes for organizations supported. Plan, develop, coordinate, organize, implement, communicate, and track project plans, guidelines, procedures, and timetables including recommending changes in policy and management activities for these projects. Perform management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross-directorate programs and activities.