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"Monster/Hiring Management will be unavailable/offline on Saturday, August 16, 2014 and Sunday, August 17, 2014, therefore you will not be able to apply for this job announcement during this time.

Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent Appointment should see Job Announcement EAR-2014-0009.

The NSF is seeking candidate(s) for a Program Director within the Surface Earth Processes (SEP) Section, Division of Earth Science (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Arlington VA.

EAR supports proposals for research that will improve understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution and behavior of the Earth's materials. In so doing, EAR supports research on a complex interplay of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes. In addition, the Division administers programs in support of basic research, facilities, and a wide spectrum of other scientific activities.

SEP supports research on Earth surface processes within EAR, in related GEO Directorate research programs, NSF wide initiatives, and collaborative research programs with other Federal agencies.

More information about EAR and their programs, please visit here.


The individual selected for this position will serve as a Program Director in SEP and will be charged with maintaining a healthy balance of support for the needs of the research and education enterprise whether through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities. The successful candidate must manage program resources so as to provide optimal and appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflicts-of-interest, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. The candidate will incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration; manage an effective and timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists; and represent the Section, Division and Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions. The individual selected will create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission, participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings by providing input relevant to Program area and/or the Division; represent the SEP Section in interdisciplinary and cross-directorate activities and programs; and pursue affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals. The successful candidate will establish contact and maintain active involvement in Section research and related areas through participation in professional activities, maintain familiarity with salient current research developments, pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit; and expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.

Who May Apply

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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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