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    Applicants wishing to apply for an IPA, VSEE or Federal Temporary Appointment should see Job Announcement AGS-2018-0005.

    This announcement has been amended to Wednesday January 17, 2018.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director in the Geospace Section (GS) in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Alexandria, VA.

    The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences supports research that adds new understanding of the behavior of the Earth's atmosphere, magnetosphere and its interactions with the Sun. Specific programs included:

    • Studies of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of earth's upper and lower atmosphere and its space environment.
    • Research on climate processes and variations.
    • Studies to understand the natural global cycles of gases and particles in earth's atmosphere.
    The magnetospheric physics program leads the GS involvement in research related to the magnetized plasma environment in near Earth space including its interaction with the solar wind and coupling to the ionosphere-thermosphere. Activities supported by this program include: 1) theoretical research utilizing numerical simulations, 2) ground based observational programs, 3) laboratory plasma experiments with applications to geospace, and 4) analysis of magnetospheric observational data from both ground and space-based systems. Since the magnetosphere is a part of the tightly coupled space weather system close coordination with other programs in the GS is essential.

    The incumbent of this position serves as a recognized authority in the area of magnetospheric physics.

    More information about AGS and its programs can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=ags.

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    Duties of the Program Director are guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering, (2) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education, and (3) Excel as a Federal Science Agency. The incumbent Program Director will be knowledgeable in the scientific areas covered by the program and will help identify emerging opportunities. In addition, the incumbent will be required to undertake the design, development, analysis, documentation, management and implementation of programs and activities within the program and across disciplinary boundaries.

    The responsibilities of the Program Director in AGS includes 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. Additional duties and responsibilities includes:


    The Program Director:

    • 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 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.

    The Program Director:
    • 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 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 papers, and budget plans.

    The Program Director:
    • Establishes contracts 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.

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    Applications will be accepted from U.S. 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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