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This Job Opportunity Announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to February 19, 2014. Formal consideration of interested applications will begin January 23, 2014 and will continue until selections are made.

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 NSF is seeking candidates for multiple Program Director positions within Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Arlington, VA. The BCS Division supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as research on the interactions between human societies and the physical environment. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops. Some programs also consider proposals for doctoral dissertation improvement grants, the acquisition of specialized research and computing equipment, group international travel, and large-scale data collection.
BCS is seeking Program Directors for the Biological Anthropology Program, Cognitive Neuroscience Program, Geography and Spatial Sciences Program, and Social Psychology Program. For more information on these programs, please visit the BCS Home Page at .


The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development, administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, portfolio management, and post award monitoring of funded projects, including review of annual and final reports. Additional duties and responsibilities include the coordination and management of discipline-based proposals and awards in BCS programs; participation in management of wider-ranging competitions or programs linking BCS and other NSF units; participation in all phases of the solicitation, review and management of proposals submitted to assigned programs; representing NSF at professional meetings and conferences; conducting analyses and preparing reports for programs and other SBE and BCS activities; contributing to the Foundation-wide coordination of activities for broadening participation; and representing the division in cross-directorate and interagency initiatives and other collaborative activities.