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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 basis.


Serve as Deputy Director of the Division for Graduate Education (DGE) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR).  The Directorate provides research-based national leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning and education. DGEleads NSF’s efforts to attract talented U.S. students into graduate studies and to support them in their quest to become the leading scientists and engineers of the future. DGE manages three major programs that support graduate students and education. These include the largest (and oldest) graduate fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in STEM fields and two programs that pilot and implement new approaches to graduate education.

The Deputy Division Director participates with the Division Director in providing leadership and direction to the Division.  Assists the Division Director in carrying out Division-wide responsibilities including strategic planning and management, performance appraisals, budget preparation for submission to Congress, staff recruitment and supervision, and overseeing the competitive review of proposals for awards and declinations.  Represents the Division of Graduate Education (DGE) to relevant external groups and fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, and the academic community.  Assumes the Division Director role in the absence of the Division Director; and serves on the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) leadership team.  Participates in Directorate program evaluation and monitoring activities.