Job Overview


About the Agency

This job opportunity announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to February 10, 2014.
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.


Serves as a member of the SES Division leadership team and as a principal spokesperson in the area of social and economic sciences.  In consultation with the Division Director, provides leadership and direction to the NSF Division responsible for funding research and related activities aimed at better understanding, both nationally and internationally, political, economic, and social systems and how individuals and organizations function with them.  The Division also supports research and other activities related to risk assessment and decision making by individuals and groups; research to develop and advance scientific knowledge focusing on economic, legal, political and social systems, organizations, and institutions; supports research on the intellectual and social contexts that govern the development and use of science and technology. 
In collaboration with the Division Director, the Deputy will assess needs and trends involving the social and economic sciences, implement overall strategic planning and policy setting for the Division, provide leadership and guidance to Division staff members, determine funding requirements, prepare and justify budget estimates, balance program needs, allocate resources, oversee the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and represent NSF to relevant external groups.  The Deputy Division Director fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community.