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    Applicants wishing to apply for a Federal Temporary, IPA or VSEE Appointment should see Job Announcement EAR-2015-0004.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology (SGP) Program. The SGP Program supports innovative research in (1) the changing aspects of life, ecology, environments, and biogeography in geologic time based on fossil plants, animals, and microbes; (2) all aspects of the Earth's sedimentary lithosphere – its insights into the geological processes and rich organic and inorganic resources locked in rock sequences; (3) the science of dating and measuring the sequence of events and rates of geological processes as manifested in Earth's past sedimentary and biological (fossil) record; (4) the geologic record of the production, transportation, and deposition of modern and ancient physical and chemical sediments; and (5) understanding Earth's deep-time (pre-Holocene) climate systems. In addition, the SGP Program participates in the review of proposals for related GEO Directorate research programs, NSF wide initiatives, and collaborative research programs with other Federal agencies.

    Duties of the Program Director are guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering, (2) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education, and (3) Excel as a Federal Science Agency. The incumbent SGP Program Director will be knowledgeable in the scientific areas covered by the program and will help identify emerging opportunities in the Geosciences. In addition, the incumbent will be required to undertake the design, development, analysis, documentation, management and implementation of programs and activities within the program and across disciplinary boundaries. The responsibilities of the SGP Program Director will include long-range planning for the areas of science represented by the program; administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations; preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported; and coordination with other NSF programs as well as those at other Federal agencies and organizations.

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    The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported, and coordination and liaison with other programs in NSF, other Federal agencies and organizations. Additional duties and responsibilities include:

    • Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.

    • Manages program resources 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.

    • Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.

    • Manages an effective, 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.

    • Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, and other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.

    • Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs.

    • Plans the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget by distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manages post-award evaluation.

    • Controls waste, fraud and abuse.

    • Represents the Program, Division and the Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.

    • Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.

    • Participates in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to program area and/or Division.

    • Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals.

    • Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.

    • Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission.

    • Develops policies and plans for strengthening support of research and education programs.

    • Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathers data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.

    • Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and opportunities, and budget plans.

    • Establishes contacts and maintains active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities.

    • Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments.

    • Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit.

    • Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management.

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    Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require 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 not be considered.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/407207100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.