Job Overview


About the Agency

Special Conditions: The appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to the standards used for USAP medical screening for travel to Antarctica.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking candidate(s) for an Associate Program Director (Antarctic Research and Logistics Integration) within the Antarctic Sciences (ANT) Section, Division of Polar Programs (PLR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Arlington VA.

ANT encompasses six core Antarctic research programs (Astrophysics and Geospace Sciences, Earth Sciences, Glaciology, Integrated System Science, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Organisms and Ecosystems). Approximately $70M in research funding is awarded annually in response to competitively reviewed proposals. Research projects requiring fieldwork in Antarctica are supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) research infrastructure, managed by the Division of Antarctic Infrastructure & Logistics (AIL) that includes three permanent stations and associated laboratories, capabilities to support short- and long-term research at remote sites in Antarctica, two well-equipped research vessels, aircraft and helicopters. The annual budget for these support activities is approximately $270M.

More information about ANT and its Programs can be found at


The individual selected as the Associate Program Director (Antarctic Research and Logistics Integration) will be responsible for:

  • Assisting the Section in planning and implementing, in partnership with the Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section, complex field programs in Antarctica across all five disciplinary programs and the integrated system science program and expected to improve planning with international and other federal agency partners as well;
  • Promoting a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities;
  • Monitoring program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration;
  • Providing scientific evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international and cross-directorate programs;
  • Assisting in the development of short and long range plans, establishing objectives for research programs, and program evaluation. Assisting in planning the program budget and allocating resources within that budget among major competitive programs;
  • Representing the Program, Division and Foundation, within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, other agencies and organizations, and the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions;
  • Creating and maintaining linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission;
  • Participating in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division;
  • Pursuing affirmative action and EEO goals;
  • Contributing ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission. Providing information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathering data impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission;
  • Establishing contacts and maintaining active involvement in program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintaining familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursuing individual research as workload and travel funds permit; and
  • Expanding administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.

Relocation Authorized

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