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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 NSF is seeking candidates for multiple Program Director positions within Division of Social & Economic Sciences (SES), Directorate for Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBE), Arlington, VA. The SES Division supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge focusing on economic, legal, political and social systems, organizations and institutions. In addition, SES supports research on the intellectual and social contexts that govern the development and use of science and technology. SES programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects, which are evaluated through joint review among Programs in SES, as well as joint review with programs in other Divisions, and NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels, as appropriate.
SES is seeking Program Directors for the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (EESE) Program, Political Science Program, Sociology Program, Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) Program, and the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program. For more information on these programs, please visit the SES 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 SES programs; participation in management of wider-ranging competitions or programs linking SES 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 SES 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.