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This job opportunity announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to August 19, 2014 and new salary.

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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.

This position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs.


The Section Head serves as a member of the leadership team in the Office of International and Integrative Activities (OIIA). OIIA supports the NSF Directors Office through policy analysis and special projects to address Foundation priorities. OIIA plays a leadership role in developing, overseeing and leading cross-cutting activities in close partnership with other NSF Directorates and Offices to improve NSFs management practices and promote unity and alignment in support of the Foundations mission.

The Section Head provides leadership in managing the independent collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of program and thematic evaluation data to inform decision-making on the strategic direction of the agency. The incumbent works with senior leadership to establish an annual evaluation agenda to gather timely information to important questions and develop strategies for using data to inform decision making. Provides intellectual leadership for designing and/or supporting efficient longitudinal studies and using innovative evaluation designs in assessing progress and benefits to the scientific research investments.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

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Applications accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered for IPA only.

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