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. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF. This position is located in the Directorate for Budget, Finance and Award Management, Division of Institution and Award Support (DIAS), Cost Analysis and Audit Resolution Branch. DIAS is responsible for providing excellence in the Stewardship of the federal funding awarded by NSF to support science, technology and engineering research and education across the Nation; ensuring that innovative business practices convey excellence in managing NSF's activities on par with the Foundation's mission-oriented outcome goals and providing a living model of organizational excellence, agility, and innovation, including contributing leadership in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art business practices for federal financial assistance.


The National Science Foundation is seeking a Grant & Contract Cost Analyst to conduct analytical and evaluative work requiring a comprehensive knowledge of financial, accounting and business principles, standards, practices and operations. The incumbent will work with a wide range of organizations in order to interpret financial and accounting data; review records and reports; negotiate and advise on the reasonableness and allowability of acceptable costs on various types of awards; and perform highly specialized cost analysis and related activities. Specific duties include the following:

    Develops indirect cost rates; Conducts pre-award surveys for determining organizational financial condition and adequacy of organizational accounting systems; Maintains information on indirect cost rates established by NSF and other Federal agencies; Assists NSF awardees in implementing adequate financial and accounting systems for federal awards through preparation of guidance, seminars, and/or site visits; Serves as the NSF expert on various cost principles (OMB A-21, A-122, A-87 and FAR 31.2) affecting NSF awards; and Reviews, analyzes, and resolves audit findings contained in Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued audit reports affecting NSF awards.