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NSF is relocating! In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, Virginia to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station on the Yellow Line, and has ample parking and amenities (hotels, restaurants, and shops) nearby.
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The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay.
Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period. Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.
The Head of the Polar Environment, Safety and Health (PESH) Section is responsible to the Office Director for the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) for the overall planning, coordination and management of policy and direction for all aspects of environmental, safety and health related to OPP-supported activities. The incumbent will develop environmental, safety and health program plans for the U.S. programs in polar regions in support of long-range scientific and national goals; establish priorities for environmental, health and safety activities and provide the Office Director with the technical, budgetary, and programmatic information needed for the formulation of Office-wide budgets and long-range plans; provide oversight of the environmental, safety and health related aspects of facilities of the U. S. Antarctic Program, including those at three land-based medical clinics, in the isolated sick bays aboard research vessels, and at remote field stations, together with associated emergency response coordination; oversee the development, review and evolution of health screening criteria for participants in the U.S. Antarctic Program and an appropriate subset of participants in projects supported by the Arctic Section; and supervise a staff of safety and health experts as well as Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to Antarctica, and assure appropriate independence of decision-making on these issues while providing oversight leadership to reduce safety, financial and legal risks. The responsibilities extend to the activities of all Federal agencies in Antarctica.
The PESH Section Head serves as a member of the OPP leadership team and promotes liaison between the Section and other units of the Office and NSF, and other agencies and international organizations involved in support of environmental, safety and health goals in polar regions. OPP consists of four sections with a staff of approximately 60, and administers an annual budget of $450 million. OPP supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in polar regions through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations and through the provision for logistics support and infrastructure in the remote polar regions.