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This Job Opportunity Announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to February 28, 2014.
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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.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay. Competitive status is not required, veterans preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period. Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.

This position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs.


Serves as a member of the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) leadership team and as the Foundation’s principal spokesperson in the area of atmospheric and geospace sciences.  The mission of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) is to enable fundamental research and support relevant infrastructure and education that advances understanding of the behavior of the earth's atmosphere and its interactions with the sun. Included are studies of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of earth's upper and lower atmosphere and its space environment, research on climate processes and variations, and studies to understand the natural global cycles of gases and particles in the earth's atmosphere. NSF also provides support for participation by the United States scientific community in international scientific research endeavors, such as the World Climate Research Program.

The Division works with individual grants and at national research facilities, including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and with the U.S. atmospheric sciences academic community to direct funding towards advancing the frontiers of knowledge, developing the next generation of researchers, and enhancing the public’s understanding of atmospheric sciences.

The Division Director has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives.  This includes directing the activities of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, assessing the needs and trends in geosciences research and education, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting.  Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior AGS staff (Section Heads), program officers, administrative and support personnel.  Determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and represents NSF to relevant external groups.  Fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community.