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    NSF is relocating to Alexandria, Virginia. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops. 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 position is located in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs(OLPA), External Affairs Group. OLPA is responsible for communicating information about the activities, programs, research results and policies of the National Science Foundation (NSF). It employs a wide variety of tools and techniques to engage the general public and selected audiences including congress, the news media, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, industry and the research and education communities.

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    The incumbent works with the Director, NSF, and other senior NSF officials, under the general administrative direction of the Head of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. The position supervises OLPA staff assigned to External Affairs. Duties include:

    -Supervising, planning, implementing, and evaluating the Foundation’s external affairs programs.

    -Providing leadership, direction, technical and professional expertise in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating a broad range of activities conducted by the External Affairs team that require oversight and coordination across organizational lines. Works in collaboration with the team, identifies issues before they arise, and integrates internal and external requirements to effectively deal with them.

    -Providing strategic direction for the Foundation’s external outreach by identifying opportunities to showcase NSF-funded research results.

    -Applying personal expertise in negotiating complex partnerships and contracts with various entities to deliver NSF-funded science discoveries to a variety of audiences and markets.

    -Monitoring, assessing and reporting on the progress of various science and technology initiatives and other key developments to director of OLPA, senior NSF and OLPA staff, the NSB, and other appropriate science policy officials.

    -Developing broad, in-depth program-specific public outreach activities, programs and projects utilizing new venues and partnership approaches.

    -Supervising the analysis, development and preparation of materials for the NSF Director and key officials on outreach, education, partnerships and media relation programs, projects and initiatives.

    -Planning, directing and executing national campaigns to highlight NSF-funded research and education programs.

    -Maintaining a direct relationship with the foundation’s Directorates and Offices in order to effectively position the Foundation in working through the intricate details of any program, project or activity.

    -Establishing and maintaining contact and cooperation with corporations, foundations, local governments, scientific professional organizations and associations to identify emerging STEM issues of importance as well as the workforce needs of the future.

    -Identifying and capitalizing on critical opportunities to publicize NSF-supported research and education programs through special events, projects, programs, written materials, videos, and the web.

    -Supervising the development and implementation of complex distribution of numerous products, such as print and electronic materials, throughout numerous audiences from implementation to delivery.

    -Representing NSF in meetings with scientific, educational, international, and industrial groups and in other activities of an official nature as required.

    -Responding, in written and oral form, to requests for specialized information about NSF programs or special projects from various publics.

    -Supervising the work of professional staff, support staff and contractors by setting priorities and goals for employees, establishing deadlines, ensuring timely completion of work assignments, assigning work according to complexity of the work and capability of the employees, recommending and discussing needed changes in work priorities and operations with director of OLPA and identifying training needs.

    -Directing, coordinating, and overseeing Foundation staff, administrative staff and employees for special projects, events, ceremonies, programs and partnerships as well as working with top level NSF officials to formulate strategy and implement projects for the Foundation’s participation.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Current or former Federal employees with competitive status obtained through a permanent Federal competitive service appointment OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

    This announcement is also open to All U.S. citizens under announcement LPA-2017-0014.

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479208100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.