Agency:National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:EAC-2014-0007
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year|
|Thursday, June 12, 2014 to
Thursday, July 17, 2014|
SERIES & GRADE:
This position will be filled as a one- or two-year VSEE, IPA, or as a Fed Temp Appointment|
|FEW vacancies in the following location:|
Arlington, VA View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
|Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires 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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About the Agency
This job announcement was AMENDED to Extend the Closing Date to July 17, 2014.
Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent Appointment should see Job Announcement EAC-2014-0005.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Evaluator in the Office of the Director (OD), Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA), Evaluation and Assessment Capability (EAC) Section, Arlington, VA.
The EAC Section will coordinate the development of decision-support tools that use portfolio data to inform results and will engage those involved in research programs in a range of evaluation activities. Continuous portfolio analysis to assess the diversity and nature of NSF’s portfolio of investments and rigorous evaluation of the outcomes associated with those investments over time will be used to inform programmatic decision making. These actions will allow NSF to more consistently evaluate the impacts of its investments, to make more data-driven decisions, and to establish a culture of evidence-based planning and policy-making.
More information about IIA and its sections can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=IIA.
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DUTIES:Back to top
The individual selected for this position will serve as an Evaluator who will utilize his/her professional knowledge and education in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related field to:
- Carry out the design of evaluations of complex research and STEM programs, policies and cross-cutting themes.
- Lead effectively evaluations conducted by NSF staff and/or consultants/contractors, including the completion and dissemination of final reports.
- Ensure that evaluations meet high professional evaluation standards in line with NSF Evaluation Policy.
- Analyze administrative data and conduct requested special analyses of major STEM issues.
- Critique and/or synthesize evaluation plans of awards in the strategic research investment portfolio.
- Facilitate the use of emerging text mining and visualization tools for transparency and accountability tasks.
- Use innovative methods to determine policy impact based on research and evaluation findings.
- Ensure that up-to-date evaluation techniques and approaches are applied, such as ensuring continuous methodological improvement of and support to evaluation activities, outcome monitoring and the relationship with business intelligence and portfolio analysis systems.
- Develop and advise on requirements for evaluations and statements of work for contracting purposes.
- Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation as well as contributing to the development and review of policies, guidance, systems, procedures and tools related to evaluation.
- Work with other NSF evaluation units as well as Federal and professional evaluation bodies to identify and disseminate innovative and best practices for the evaluation of research and STEM education.
The individual selected for this position will ensure that evaluations are useful and that evaluation findings and recommendations are understood and assimilated by the program officers through:
- Participating in the preparation of briefings and reports to program management and senior leadership on findings, recommendations and lessons learned of strategic importance.
- Organizing meetings, workshops and other discussion forums to establish a dialogue on evaluation results (recommendations/ lessons learned).
- Designing and implementing an Evaluation Capacity Development training program for NSF Program Directors.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a STEM-related field, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful experience in evaluation of scientific research and education activities for a multidiscipline organization; OR a Master’s degree in a STEM-related field, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful experience in evaluation of scientific research and education activities for a multidiscipline organization.
Additionally, the individual should have an understanding of public investments in science programs. Experience with state of the art analytics, business intelligence, and data warehousing is a plus.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.
Quality Ranking Factors:
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- Experience in evaluating complex research and/or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
- Demonstrated ability to provide scientific, theoretical and analytical expertise for the assessment of policies and programs.
- Demonstrated ability to serve as the liaison to the scientific community on behalf of NSF and as the community's representative to the federal government.
- Experience in assessing scientific investments and the outcomes associated with those investments overtime.
- Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission.