Job Title: Program Specialist, GS-0301-9/11 MPJob Announcement Number: NSF-2014-0003
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Friday, November 01, 2013 to
Friday, November 15, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Are you looking for a job where you can make a difference? Interested in working in a dynamic, small-agency environment? At NSF, every member of the team contributes to success! That's just one of the reasons why NSF conveniently located in the heart of Ballston, is one of the best places to work in the federal government. Due to its relatively small number of employees, NSF has a unique feeling of collegiality. It is not uncommon to hear colleagues discuss a wide variety of subjects from our newest work-life initiatives to the latest scientific, engineering, and education developments.
At NSF, you will use your administrative support expertise in an exciting, challenging, and team-oriented environment. You will have the opportunity to use your current skills to help make NSF's vision of the future become reality. NSF also offers a variety of formal and informal learning and development opportunities that you can use to build new skills and advance your career. If you're seeking variety and challenge in a collegial atmosphere look no further than NSF! More about NSF.
This announcement is for Program Specialist positions throughout the agency. You must apply on-line and answer all questions. Refer to the "How Do I Apply" section for instructions and details
- U.S. citizen
- Background investigation.
- Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations - see tab above
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
DUTIES:Back to top
Be the core of a team keeping the United States at the leading edge of scientific discovery! Program Specialists serve a vital support function to the National Science Foundation's scientific directorates. As a Program Specialist, you will play a key role in monitoring program effectiveness by providing comprehensive analytical support in the areas of proposal processing, logistics, data management and analysis and providing input for continuous improvement to the overall processes. Assists Program Directors in reviewing proposals to organize into panels, researching and identifying reviewer pools and supporting technical correspondence. Assists Program Directors in developing outreach plans and presentation methods. Interfaces with other Divisions/Directorates to plan and coordinate outreach/site visit activities. Conducts literature searches and web-based queries to seek out potential research opportunities. Conducts moderately complex to complex analyses concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of substantive progam operations. Gathers, analyzes, and presents data for further program analysis utilizing research trends and results tracking to inform policy related to scientific content. Identifies opportunities for continuous improvement to databases, data gathering and analytical approaches. Provides data input and feed back to strategic support staff as requested or necessary.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To qualify at the GS-9 level you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: engaging in ongoing analysis of business processes to continually identify and recommend solutions to problems, using quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques, developing and presenting factual evidence both in writing and before an audience to support enhancements in the methods of performing work, reviewing data for trends related to business processes, interpreting those trends, and determining causes and possible courses of action; OR, A master`s or equivalent graduate degree.
OR, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
OR, A combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of include analyzing the effectiveness and efficiency of business operations and programmatic processes using qualitative and quantitative techniques; choosing, interpreting, or adapting guidelines for application to specific issues or subjects studied; planning and carrying out projects to improve administrative support efficiency/productivity; gathering data and analyzing/evaluating/interpreting trends to enhance work performance; completing reports and making recommendations to managers related to internal administrative operations.
OR, possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;
OR, possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree;
OR possess a combination of post-high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications."
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
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.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.
Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.
In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.
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