Job Title: Operations Specialist, GS-0301-11/12 MPJob Announcement Number: BIO-2014-0015
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Thursday, July 24, 2014 to
Thursday, August 7, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
About the Agency
NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the public and private sectors for its management best practices and stewardship of federal funds. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
More about NSF.
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.
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DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
At the GS-11 level you must have one year of analytical experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service, that demonstrates knowledge of, and ability to solve problems related to the administrative programs needed to manage an organization. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of human resources or budget principles and practices, as well as be in one or more of the following areas: human resources, budget/finance, procurement, space administration, and management analysis.
OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related, may be substituted for the specialized experience.
Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
At the GS-12 level you must have one year of analytical experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, that demonstrates knowledge of, and ability to solve problems related to the administrative programs needed to manage an organization. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of human resources and budget principles and practices, as well as be in one or more of the following areas: finance, procurement, space administration, and management analysis.
Education may be substituted for experience at the GS-11 level only as described in "Qualifications."
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 is a non-bargaining unit position.
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.
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