Job Overview


As an NSF employee, you are our most important strength. That's why we've consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in the federal government! Leverage your current skills in a new capacity to build bridges across NSF and contribute to cross-cutting projects, while at the same time expanding your own career horizons by increasing your responsibilities and pursuing fresh perspectives.

This position is in the immediate office of the Director, Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM). The OIRM office is responsible to the National Science Foundation Director for information systems, human resource management, and administrative and general management activities of NSF. The Director, OIRM is also the agency CHCO. IRM functions include: information technology including website management, all human resource management programs, support of the NSF’s business processes, and general administrative and logistic support functions, including safety, security and building services.  OIRM is also leading the planning and execution of a relocation of NSF HQ.

The Communications Specialist serves as a confidential advisor and resource person to the Director, OIRM, in support of their policy, planning and communication activities, as well as supports all OIRM divisions.


The Communications Specialist develops and implements a comprehensive plan for the establishment and maintenance of a coherent communication strategy to keep NSF staff informed about IRM initiatives, policies and processes and activities that impact all of NSF. The following are duties performed by the Communications Specialist:

  • Considers such items as topics to emphasize the most effective media/technology to use in communicating with intended audiences, the kind of information various groups want or need.
  • Works with OIRM Divisions to identify and describe issues to be communicated.
  • Develops and disseminates informational materials that transmit information concerning OIRM’s programs, initiatives, projects and areas of concern.
  • Maintains effective relationships with constituent groups and serves as a liaison for OIRM on various committees and workgroups. Works closely with the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.
  • Organizes, analyzes, and presents information, analyses, speeches, briefing materials, reports and formal replies to official correspondence.
  • Conducts special studies and program evaluations.
  • Reviews and edits policy documents, reports and analyses to ensure consistency with agency guidelines and OIRM policy.