Job Overview


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


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.