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This announcement may be used to fill an Operations Specialist position in any Division in the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

The Directorate for Biological Sciences at NSF, provides support for research to advance understanding of the underlying principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies range across progressively more complex systems and scales encompassing the structure and dynamics of biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere.

The mission of BIO is to enable discoveries for understanding life. BIO-supported research advances the frontiers of biological knowledge, increases understanding of complex systems, and provides a theoretical basis for original research in many other scientific disciplines.

To learn more visit:  The Directorate for Biological Sciences.

How can you be a critical part of this endeavor?  The Operations Specialist (OS) provides analysis and assistance on administrative functions for integral agency operating programs and projects.  The work involves analysis of the budgetary and financial programs, procurement, contracting, facilities and space management, human capital and information technology.


The primary purpose of this position is to provide administrative assistance and guidance for internal agency operating programs and projects, including analyzing and evaluating budgetary and financial programs, procurement, contracting, facilities and space management, human capital, and information technology. Specifically, responsibilities include:

  • Administering the administrative budget, to include budget execution and monitoring. Making substantive contributions to budget formulation.
  • Conducting budgetary reporting and analysis; forecasting budgetary needs and identifying potential problems; certifying and obligating funds; and allocating funding and resources for projects.
  • Analyzing human capital resource requirements for current and projected workloads, realignment of functions and positions, staffing levels, and analysis of workforce planning initiatives.
  • Studying the benefits of new information technology and administrative support systems to improve the efficiency of administrative support or program operations and procedures.
  • Assisting management in developing staffing plans by analyzing impact of long-term organizational needs and expectations, potential program changes, and current staff composition.
  • Utilizing appropriate Federal and NSF rules and regulations to guide recruitment, prepare personnel documents, and justifications for personnel decisions.
  • Working closely with management to determine future program needs, and coordinating with senior management on modified or changed policies affecting program operations.
  • Serving as the administrative liaison with other Federal agencies and the scientific community. 
  • Reviewing and approving travel and ensuring appropriate documentation of travel orders for the division. 

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No