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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 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.
Serves as a member of the Directorate of Engineering leadership team, directs activities of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, and serves as the Foundation’s principal spokesperson in the areas supported by the Division. Responsibilities include: Assessing needs and trends in research and education related to the Division’s programs, implementing overall strategic planning and policy setting, providing leadership and guidance to Division staff members, determining funding requirements, preparing and justifying budget estimates, balancing program needs, allocating resources, overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and representing NSF to relevant external groups.
The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objective. This includes directing the activities of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers, assessing the needs and trends in innovation partnership science research and education, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior EEC staff (Deputy Division Director), program officers, administrative and support personnel.