Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Division of Social and Economic Sciences. This Division is responsible for support of fundamental and applied research in all social and economic science fields. The Division is composed of nine programs in addition to cross-Direcorate activities and special initiatives organized in the following clusters: Economic, Decision, and Management Sciences; Social and Political Sciences; and Methods, Cross-Directorate and Science and Society .


The Financial Operations Specialist serves a vital support function to the Program Officers, Division Directors, and the community of scientists supported by Division funds. If you are detail and analytically oriented with an affinity for financial and budgetary management, the Financial Operations Specialist position is for you. As a Financial Operations Specialist, you will play a key role in monitoring program funds, tracking budgetary expenditures and providing expert advice on Federal regulations related to budget and financial management. This work requires a thorough knowledge of Federal budgetary regulations and a skill in communicating Federal policies and guidelines with internal and external stakeholders. Specifically, you will:

    Support financial management and oversight of Division program accounts;

    Conduct research and identify and analyze trends and spending patterns of funds;

    Track and monitor expenditures to ensure funding is appropriately allocated and distributed;

    Recommend adjustments in program spending for more efficient fiscal and budgetary administration;

    Provide support in the administration and monitoring of grants, contracts and cooperative and interagency agreements;

    Resolve administrative problems arising at any point from receipt through post-award transactions;

    Review and certify adequacy of award recommendations;

    Certify grants, cooperative agreements and contract funds;

    Oversee processing and management of Division travel funds, including those used for panelists and experts;

    Manage the preparation of travel authorizations;

    Review and certify the accuracy of travel vouchers and reimbursement memos;

    Monitor travel expenditures to ensure travel does not exceed available funds;

    Analyze program and evaluative data to identify opportunities for improving program operations;

    Provide technical advice on all phases of proposed processing and grant administration procedures; and

    Identify, develop and obtain adequate price competition in accordance with NSF procurement practices and procedures.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No