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Job Title:Policy Analyst, GS-0301-15 MP

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:DAS-2014-0021

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 to Friday, July 18, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current & former Federal employees with competitive status gained through permanent Federal competitive service OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is for a Policy Analyst in the Front Office of Division and Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM), National Science Foundation. The Policy Analyst is responsible for the continual development, oversight, review, and evaluation of the Division's administrative services, processes, and procedures.

The Policy Analyst provides authoritative technical advice and assistance for policy issues that affect operations and personnel across the Foundation. The policy and procedures for which the incumbent has responsibility are subject to ongoing revision and review as a result of new initiatives and modernization within NSF; the Policy Analyst must accommodate these changes through policy development and execution and must meet special technical demands involving the most problematic and significant challenges for Government managers.

To learn more about NSF's Division of Administrative Services, click here.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background investigation
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

DUTIES:

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The Policy Analyst develops and analyzes issues that are pertinent to policies that outline protocols for administrative support to operations across NSF. Performs in-depth analysis of a wide variety of factors related to issues that affect administrative policies and procedures. Ensures that policy options are thoroughly defined and presented by critically examining various aspects of issues and topics.

Manages and coordinates policy for a wide variety of branches including facilities, business operations, information technology services, and customer service and communication. These functions impact the entire Foundation as well as its various external constituencies.

Other activities include:

  • Coordinates with NSF staff, management and representatives of other Government agencies in conjunction with the Foundation's mission in the services provided by the branch.
  • Directs the preparation of internal policies and Foundation directives in response to legislation. The incumbent makes major adaptations to existing policies or recommends new policies where Foundation guidelines are lacking or inappropriate for the functional areas assigned.
  • Serves as the DAS representative to various ad hoc and other informal or formal meetings with directorate-level elements of the Foundation. As the DAS representative, attends Government-wide conferences and meetings related to branch activities.
  • Provides advice to top-level management on program and policy issues in all areas wider than the incumbent’s jurisdiction. Develops long-range objectives and plans in these areas and presents briefings and recommendations concerning these objectives and plans to top-level Foundation management officials (e.g., the Director, Assistant Directors, and staff Office Directors).
  • Deals with top-level NSF management officials on such matters as recommending new initiatives and curtailment of current projects and programs, program planning and evaluation, resource allocations (staffing and budgeting), providing technical advice, negotiating, presenting and defending ideas, justifying major expenditures, making policy decisions, resolving major problems, recommending major personnel and organizational changes.
  • Maintains liaison with various NSF directorates and offices and interacts with senior management across NSF to maintain an awareness of relevant issues and policies that are under the purview of DAS and affect operations across NSF.
  • Provides authoritative interpretation of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern programs in DAS and develops broad policies that affect operations across NSF. Develops programs, polices, and plans and procedures or the implementation of programs for which DAS has responsibility in support of operations across NSF. Assesses past and current operating procedures to determine the most appropriate courses of action for effective relationships and exercises authority to negotiate for and represent DAS in matters and activities that are related to the division’s services from a policy perspective.
  • Conducts various analytical studies of current developments and trends in best practices for providing centralized administrative services to an agency. Prepares documents with sufficiently detailed and technically accurate content to support analysis and/or recommendations on policies. Recommends new and/or improved management policies and practices within DAS that the incumbent perceives will enable OIRM to fulfill more responsibly and expeditiously its mission to support operations across NSF.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in Federal service. Specialized experience is experience developing, managing, and coordinating agency-wide policies that pertain to facility management and business operations, information technology services, and general customer service and communication protocols; providing authoritative interpretation of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern operations across an organization; and overseeing the preparation of agency-wide policies in response to legislation.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

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.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good” on the questionnaire.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a noncompetitive special appointing authority, under an Interchange Agreements, or
similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or comparable federal agency form if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.
3. Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.
4. Other – Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jim Tingwald
Phone: 703-292-5325
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Email: jtingwal@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Desiree Morehead
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-7478

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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Job Announcement Number:

DAS-2014-0021

Control Number:

374989800