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Job Title:  Program Manager
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  OIIA-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $163,957.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Arlington, VA, USView Map
22230View Map
Applications will be accepted only from current NSF employees with US Citizenship/Non-Citizenship. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.


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.

NSF Program Managers bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for Program Manager positions with special interest in, but not limited to, areas such as China, Africa, Near East, South and East Asia and/or the Americas within the International Science and Engineering (ISE) Section of The Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA), Office of the Director (OD) in Arlington, VA. The IIA works across disciplinary and geographic boundaries to lead and coordinate strategic programs and opportunities that: advance research excellence and innovation; develop human and infrastructure capacity critical to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise; and promote global engagement of scientists and engineers at all career stages.

With IIA, the ISE serves as a focal point for international science and engineering activities both inside and outside NSF. ISE promotes the development of an integrated, Foundation-wide international strategy, and manages international programs that are innovative, catalytic, and responsive to a broad range of NSF interests. ISE invests in programs that expand and enhance leading-edge international research and education opportunities for U.S. scientists and engineers, especially at the early career stage. ISE supports international-related research in any disciplinary field supported by NSF and in any global region. It works to build and strengthen effective institutional partnerships throughout the global science and engineering research and education community, and it supports international collaborations in NSF's priority research areas.

For more information about the ISE, can be found at:


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


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The individual selected for this position will serve as a Program Manager. The Program Manager:

  • Designs and implements high quality proposal solicitations, reviews and recommendations, making program funding, and program management recommendations, often in close coordination with foreign NSF counterpart agencies;
  • Contributes to the intellectual integration of programs supported by IIA/ISE, and monitors ongoing grants, contracts, interagency and cooperative agreements to ensure fulfillment of commitments to NSF;
  • Evaluates the progress of awards through the review and evaluation of reports and publications and by conducting of onsite or offsite meetings with awardees;
  • Works with NSF directorates and U.S. researchers to identify and facilitate new opportunities for partnerships and leveraging of resources;
  • Contributes to the establishment of section-wide goals and objectives, initiating new program thrusts and phasing out old programs;
  • Supports NSF's representational and diplomatic obligations for meetings with international visitors and delegations;
  • Conducts outreach within NSF and within the larger STEM community to publicize NSF funding opportunities that advance international collaboration;
  • Recommends new or revised policies and plans scientific, fiscal, and administrative matters to improve program management and implementation; and
  • Engages in coordinated management responsibility for NSF-wide initiatives and assists in the coordination of policies and programs with other Federal agencies and with U.S. and foreign scientific organizations.


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Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any of the scientific fields supported by NSF plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

While not essential, an ability to speak a foreign language related to your country(ies) of expertise is deemed desirable.

Candidates applying to this announcement will be considered for one of the vacant Program Manager positions requiring expertise in one of the following countries or regions, including, but not limited to: China, ANESA (Africa, Near East, and South Asia) or AMERICAS.

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

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


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. Working knowledge of NSF's and ISE's mission and programmatic activities.
  2. Ability to manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a broad spectrum of program goals.
  3. Ability to cooperate and work with peers across scientific disciplines and to advocate program plans and policies to individuals within the Foundation, to other government agencies, and with institutions, both within the U.S. and internationally.
  4. Experience in managing research and education initiatives aimed at providing faculty, researchers, and students with international research opportunities.
  5. Ability to interact effectively and diplomatically with foreign government officials and representatives of international science-related organizations.
  6. In-depth understanding of U.S. and foreign scientific and engineering research and education trends and policies, with strong expertise and experience in one of more countries in one of these regions including, but not limited to: Africa, Near East, and South Asia; Americas; and/or the East Asia/Pacific (particularly China).
  7. While not essential, an ability to speak a foreign language related to your country(ies) of expertise is deemed desirable.

To preview questions please click here.


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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

•        Pre-tax parking
•        Public transportation subsidy
•        Child development center on site
•        Child care subsidy
•        Flexible working hours
•        Telecommuting
•        Physical fitness facility on site
•        NSF Federal Credit Union on site
•        Health services unit on site
•        Employee assistance program


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 Manager position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


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Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy 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.



In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit  to their application.  Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) 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; 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).


Phone: 703-292-8781
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Rm 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


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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