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The Directorate of Geosciences (GEO), Office of Polar Programs (OPP) announces a Nationwide search for a Policy Specialist at the National Science Foundation with expertise in program performance, Antarctic treaty support, and organizational performance (Antarctic Conservation Act Permitting). Also desirable candidates who are highly knowledgeable in the field of Polar Environment, Safety and Health, have strong teamwork and collaborative skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and are effective spokespersons in the science community.
OPP is responsible for planning, funding and implementing a program of scientific research in the polar regions. Integrating scientific research with education to broadly disseminate current science, to leverage interest in science, and to increase diversity in participation in science. Ensuring compliance with federal environmental laws and guidelines such as the National Environmental Protection Act and international treaties.
The Environmental Program develops policy and provides guidance and oversight for environmental stewardship of research, operations and logistics to enable research and educational activities. Current knowledge of environmental science and engineering is applied to ensure that NSF research and related activities in Polar Regions are environmentally sound. The Antarctic Conservation Act (1996) assigns environmental oversight and stewardship to NSF. In the Arctic, NSF coordinates interagency research policy and plays a significant leadership role in promoting environmental stewardship in relation to scientific research.
More information about OPP programs can be found at their website.
The responsibilities of the NSF program officer are constantly evolving. The program officer 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 officer include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program or program cluster, 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.
PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
- Maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
- Manage program resources so as 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. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.
- Manage 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.
- Provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.
- Advise and assist in the development of short- and long-range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs. Plan the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocate resources within that budget distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manage post-award evaluation.
- Control waste, fraud and abuse.
- Represent the Program, Division and 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.
- Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
- Participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
- Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals.
- Pursue and/or be responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
- Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF’s performance of the overall mission. Develop policies and plans for strengthening research and education programs. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF’s performance of its mission.
- Prepare and disseminate a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF’s goals, trends and opportunities papers, and budget plans.
- Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
- Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.
25% or less - Travel is required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications are only accepted from current NSF employees with U.S. Citizenship.
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