Job Overview


If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the public and private sectors for its management best practices and stewardship of federal funds. Join our team and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
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At the National Science Foundation, human resources professionals make a difference! As the agency's Labor Relations Officer, you'll have an opportunity to work directly with agency leadership and union representatives to achieve mission success. We are committed to outstanding customer service, innovative programs, and results-oriented business practices. If you're looking for a dynamic work environment (conveniently located in the heart of Ballston), look no further!


SEEKING INNOVATIVE, CUSTOMER-ORIENTED, TEAM PLAYER TO HELP MANAGE A COMPLEX LABOR RELATIONS PROGRAM. If you are an individual with a background in developing, implementing, and managing complex labor relations programs and initiatives this may be the job for you. If you are interested in a dynamic, fast-paced, and autonomous work environment, look no further. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM) serves as a strategic partner with NSF Directorates and Offices, providing seamless support and guidance in human capital planning and development activities. We are committed to providing outstanding customer service, implementing innovative programs and initiatives, and engaging in results-oriented business practices. Ideal candidates have a commitment to guiding transformation, a strong customer focus, and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. We guarantee you'll never be bored in our high-energy, engaged workplace.

The Labor Relations Officer is a single position allocation responsible for representing NSF during all phases of the collective bargaining process by preparing for and participating in negotiations, impasse resolution and contract administration activities.  As the Chief Negotiator for NSF, the LRO applies sophisticated management principles and skills, with planning and management experience focused strategically.  Provides advice and consultation to managers and supervisors, and develops and maintains a business partner relationship with senior and executive management and with labor unions’ leadership. As the NSF Labor Relations Officer you will:

Negotiate Agreements

  • Effectively work with labor organizations and others to understand interests and actively strive to achieve agreements or resolve differences.

Communicate Effectively

  • Convey clear, timely, written and verbal, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others.


  • Employ expertise, credibility, and effective partnering to help NSF identify, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues, problems and agency needs.

Build Relationships  

  • Effectively build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect.

Performance Leadership

  • Nurture a performance-based culture that supports efforts to accomplish NSF’s mission and goals.