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Job Title:General Engineer (Program Director)

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:CMMI-2013-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, June 17, 2013 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0801-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time. - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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.

JOB SUMMARY:

This job opportunity announcement has been AMENDED to extend the closing date to July 31, 2013.

Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent Appointment should see Job Announcement CMMI-2013-0005.

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 National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Program Director in the Directorate for Engineering (ENG), Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division, Materials and Surface Engineering (MSE) Program, Arlington, VA.

The Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division is one of the four research divisions in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Its mission is to fund fundamental research and education in support of the Foundation’s strategic goals directed at advances in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering, and material design. In addition, the Division has a focus on the reduction of risks and damage resulting from earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards. The Division encourages cross-disciplinary research partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines to promote transformative advances in civil mechanical and industrial systems and manufacturing technologies. It also encourages discovery enabled by the use of cross-cutting technologies such as adaptive systems, across all programs of the Division.

The Materials and Surface Engineering (MSE) Program supports experimental and theoretical research to advance the understanding of interrelationships among composition and microstructure and the resulting effects of properties of materials in the solid state. The program supports fundamental research on bulk materials intended for use in structural and functional applications, as well as research on materials surfaces and interfaces. The candidate must demonstrate in-depth fundamental materials engineering research expertise associated with engineered functional materials system, surfaces and interfaces. Furthermore, the CMMI division is presently evaluating the alignment of its materials engineering research programs and the candidate is expected to have an active role in this process. The MSE program and related CMMI materials engineering programs are highly interdisciplinary and participate in several cross-cutting initiatives within the National Science Foundation. Thus, the MSE Program Director will be expected to work independently as well as cooperatively as a member of a team-based program structure, and consummate experience working in interdisciplinary teams is highly desired.

More information about CMMI and its programs can be found here.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above

DUTIES:

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The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. Program Directors are guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) Transform the frontiers, (2) Innovate for society, and (3) Perform as a model organization. NSF fulfills its mission through: visionary, dedicated to excellence, learning, growing, and broadly inclusive core strategies.

Responsibilities of the Program Director include:

  • Maintain a healthy balance of support for the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
  • Manage program resources and exercise scientific judgment to ensure integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination process while avoiding conflicts-of-interest and obtaining balance among appropriate sub-fields and institution.
  • Manage an effective, timely peer review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pool and ensuring participation by woman, minorities and disabled scientists.
  • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, and cross-directorate programs


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience in the relevant discipline, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or substantial managerial experience in academe, industry, or government.


You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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

We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors:

  1. In-depth knowledge and expertise in technical areas related to the Materials and Surface Engineering (MSE) Program and familiarity with the materials and surface research community.
  2. Research, experience and analytical and writing skills demonstrating the ability to make sound judgments and funding decisions relating to fundamental research, and to explain such decisions in writing.
  3. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal driven grant program, allocating resources effectively to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
  4. Ability to lead interdisciplinary teams, cooperate and work effectively with peers in other engineering and scientific disciplines on joint ventures, and present and advocate program plans and policies to individuals within the Foundation, other government agencies, academic institutions, private organizations and in the research community at large.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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. 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 more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

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.


OTHER INFORMATION:

If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected.

If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses will be paid, contingent upon availability of funds.
For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.

You are strongly encouraged to submit information regarding relevant awards received in the previous five years; a current performance appraisal; and/or letters(s) of recommendation. Additionally, you are strongly encouraged to submit a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to rotator@nsf.gov (Rotator); please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

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.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Krystal Mendenhall
Phone: 703-292-4345
Fax: 703-292-9185
TDD: 703-292-5090
Email: kmendenh@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-9185

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

CMMI-2013-0008

Control Number:

345667700