Job Overview


About the Agency

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF.

This position is located in the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, Division of Acquisition & Cooperative Support. This organization is responsible for providing comprehensive acquisition and cooperative agreement award leadership; solicitation, negotiation, award and administration of NSF contracts and of complex cooperative agreements for NSF's research facilities, and major centers' programs such as Science Technology Centers (STC's) and Engineering Research Centers (ERC's). The organization is also responsible for overseeing NSF procurement systems, contracts policy, processes and guidance.


Contract specialists at the National Science Foundation are responsible for preaward and postaward functions involving highly specialized procurements of significance to the agency. Requirements typically involve systems or programs such as:

  • Solicit, evaluate, negotiate and award contracts for products and services;
  • Develop acquisition and business strategies in support of program objectives;
  • Perform detailed analyses of all elements of cost in contractor proposals and make competitive range determinations;
  • Conduct pre and post award conferences to arrive at a clear understanding of what is required;
  • Plan and coordinate the negotiation strategy, lead the negotiations, and award the contract;
  • Perform contract administration to include incremental funding, preparation of rate and cost adjustments, redirection of effort, coordination of time extensions, change orders, and stop work orders;
  • Terminate contracts for the convenience of the Government or default by the contractor.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No