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This position is located in the NSF’s Division of Polar Programs (PLR). Its responsibilities include interagency coordination of Arctic research and management of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP).
The management and funding of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) is the responsibility of the National Science Foundation. In addition to funding the scientific program, the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) is responsible for enabling and supporting a world-class science program by providing logistics, base operations and customer services. lt is through this science program that the United States expresses its geopolitical presence in Antarctica. Support for this large-scale national endeavor is provided by units from the Air Force, Air National Guard, Military Sea Lift Command, Navy and the Coast Guard on a reimbursable basis, and by civilian contractors. The support complex includes administrative and support facilities in the U.S., Chile, arid New Zealand as well as research vessels and three United States permanent stations in Antarctica. The McMurdo Station complex in Antarctica is not only a major research facility but it also serves as the operational and logistics base for inland Antarctic remote field support. lt is the most southerly point at which bulk cargo can be delivered by ship for storage and transshipment by air to establish remote seasonal camps and to resupply the U.S. station at the South Pole. McMurdo station also serves as a base from which to mount large-scale Operations in support of field activities that may extend to the entire continent Operations via South America are required to support the Operations and logistics for research vessel(s) and Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Because of the harsh environment, many station facilities are unique in their design and operation. Successful station Operations present demanding requirements for management and coordination of the military and contract support efforts.
The Chief Program Manager, Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AlL) Section is responsible for the following:
- The incumbent will be responsible for executing the approximately $250 million annual AlL budget (FY 2016). This includes the preparation, review and management of annual program plans for each USAP support agency. The incumbent provides the Section Head AlL with recommendations based on 'cost-to-complete" Polar Research Support projects.
- The Chief Program Manager serves as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for the Antarctic Support Contract, NSF's largest award. Provides technical direction to the contractor and technical advice concerning the contractor's performance to the NSF contracting officer. The Chief Program Manager coordinates with representatives from the Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA).
- The Chief Program Manager will manage the program staff members who serve as activity based managers for technical areas.
- The incumbent is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities of all military and civilian support contractors.
- On behalf of the Section Head, AlL, the Chief Program Manager contributes supportive coordination for health, safety and environmental functions in Antarctica under the primary responsibility of other PLR staff and the Commander, Support Forces Antarctica who determines the safety and feasibility of operations in Antarctica involving support functions, primarily aircraft and ship related functions, that are provided by military (including USCG) support units.
- The Chief Program Manager will assess the feasibility of providing requested services throughout the USAP enterprise. This includes all station, ship, vehicle and aircraft operations that function under NSF contract or grant.
- When delegated by the Section Head, the Chief Program Manager will provide day-to-day supervision of the Antarctic Station Managers and Activity Based Managers, and other AlL staff. This includes the development of performance plans, individual development plans, and annual performance evaluations.
- On behalf of the Section Head, AlL, the incumbent ensures that adequate review, reporting, and inspection procedures are conducted in order to monitor the progress of operations, logistics and customer services in Antarctica.
- The Chief Program Manager may periodically deploy to Antarctica for general oversight duties, or to serve as the National Science Foundation Representative or as the Senior US Representative, Antarctica as required.
- The Chief Program Manager is responsible for monitoring and overseeing PLR/AIL actions to further equal employment opportunity, fairness in personnel selection, encouragement and recognition of employee achievements, equitable treatment of women, minority group employees, and persons with disabilities, and sensitivity to providing opportunities for the career development needs of all employees.
- The incumbent is responsible for implementing internal controls to prevent or deter the waste, fraud and abuse of government resources. This includes responsibility for supporting the A-123 internal controls process and reporting for AlL.
- The incumbent will be responsible for serving as the Acting Section Head, AlL in the Section Head's absence.
When delegated by the Section Head, AlL, the incumbent is responsible for the effective day-to-day supervision and guidance of assigned members of the AlL staff. As a designated supervisor, the incumbent is involved in the development of performance plans, individual development plans, and annual performance evaluations. The incumbent plans work to be accomplished, adjusts priorities, and periodically reviews work for completion and accuracy. The incumbent also has input in awards and other forms of recognition. As necessary, or in the absence of the Section Head, AlL, the incumbent hears and resolves employee grievances or complaints; reviews and approves disciplinary actions; and approves requests for leave, training, and/or travel,
The Chief Program Manager, Antarctic infrastructure and Logistics Section, is under the direction of the Section Head, AlL and operates under minimal supervisory control, exercising discretionary judgment in the majority of operations in and by the Section.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires 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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