The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time Program Director position in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Arlington, VA. The ideal candidate should have expertise in research and development in informal learning environments such as museums, aquariums, or community based organizations.
The incumbent for this Program Director position will primarily work in the Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL) and the Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST) programs. Both of these programs support research and development in informal learning environments such as museums, libraries and community based organizations, with a broadening participation emphasis.
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The NSF Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U. S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships. Responsibilities of the Program Director includes:
PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
•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.
REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
•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.
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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