Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI). The Division funds research across a wide range of topics and issues that span civil and mechanical engineering, and engineering design and manufacturing. The division also has a focus on the reduction of risks induced by earthquakes and other natural and technological hazards. CMMI encourages cross-disciplinary partnerships at the intersections of traditional disciplines to promote discoveries using technologies such as adaptive systems, nanotechnology and simulation aimed at revolutionary advances in civil and mechanical systems and manufacturing technologies. The mission of the CMMI is the advancement of science and technology, the promotion of innovation in civil, mechanical, materials, and manufacturing engineering disciplines to enable the Nation's global competitiveness, security, welfare, and excellence in education for an adaptable, creative, and knowledge-enabled engineering workforce.


The principal focus of this position is analyzing and supporting financial operations, procurement/contracting, and human capital needs. The Operations Specialist (OS) is responsible for executing, monitoring and tracking the unit's budget reporting and analyzing financial data reconciling accounts certifying/obligating funds; and managing small contracts. The OS provides assistance to the Divisions/Directorates on human capital related needs and on space management issues. As an Operations Specialist, you will:

Forecast and allocate support (e.g., money, staff, resources) for a Division's projects or initiatives;

Plan and conduct complex analytical studies of program operations in the areas of human capital, procurement/contracting, finance/budget, information technology, facilities and space management etc.;

Run queries to monitor the progress of projects and anticipate any issues (e.g., lack of resources, funding);

Stay abreast of new information technology and administrative support systems (e.g., records, equipment inventories, communications and documentation of data and reports) to improve the efficiency of administrative support and/or program operations and procedures;

Contribute to various HR practices (e.g., staffing planning, recruitment, personnel processing, space and account access, training);

Recommend changes or improvements in organization, staffing, work methods, and procedures based on results from studies on employee/organizational analyses; and

Serve as the Division's chief administrative liaison for the Division Director and Program Support Manager, other organizations within NSF, other Federal agencies and the scientific community.


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No