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    This announcement has been amended until Monday, December 18, 2017.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Program Director for Catalysis Program, Division of Chemistry (CHE), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), Alexandria, VA.

    National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation’s technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

    A Program Director position in the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Division of Chemistry (CHE) is available. The goals of the Division are to help the Division promote the health of academic chemistry and enable basic research and education in the chemical sciences through the support of proposals submitted to NSF. Modes of support provided via the NSF CHE Division include single investigator and multi-investigator awards, as well as funding for shared instrumentation, instrumentation development, and educational projects that leverage the division's research investments to build research capacity. The Division supports research in all traditional areas of chemistry and in multidisciplinary fields that draw upon the chemical sciences. Projects that help build infrastructure and partnerships that advance the chemical sciences are also supported.

    More information about the Division and its programs can be found on the CHE webpage at Chemistry.

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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 include:

    Program Planning and Management

    • Uses exceptional professional scientific judgment to maintain a healthy balance of support for the research and educational needs of the chemical sciences.
    • Manages program resources with integrity and consistency. Balances considerations for appropriate sub-fields, institutions, and participation of qualified scientists.
    • Conducts effective and timely merit review processes, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pool and insuring participation of women, minorities and disabled scientists. Recommendations are made without conflicts of interest.
    • Develops a well-articulated and well-justified award portfolio consistent with NSF values and Divisional goals.
    • Effectively handles a heavy and/or complex workload, demonstrating efficiency in the review and award process and timely responses for the scientific community.
    • Develops exceptional research programs using feedback from appropriate reviewers, advisory committees, workshops, and other sources.
    • Provides reliable, high-quality post-award direction and stewardship, to including effective guidance and monitoring on use funds, supplements, extensions, to set the foundation for project success.
    • Advises and assists in the development of short- and long-range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research.
    • Plans the budget for the program considering past, present and future fiscal years.
    Stakeholder Interactions
    • Supports NSF’s goal of preparing of a diverse, globally-engaged scientific and technical workforce.
    • Maintains close interaction with NSF stakeholders in recognition of the Foundation’s role in the Nation’s innovation enterprise.
    • Represents the Program, division and Foundation within the scientific community. Constructively interacts with other NSF Divisions, appropriate agencies and organizations, and the public, accurately reflecting NSF's mission, policies and priorities.
    • Proactively fosters a wide range of productive partnerships throughout the scientific community and effectively leverages intellectual investments. 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 and/or Division.
    • Proactively reaches out to historically underrepresented groups, resulting in broader participation in a wide range of NSF activities.
    • Responds to community queries regarding key deadlines/target dates and provides timely, accurate information.
    Teamwork and Collaboration
    • Serves as a representative of CHE by building and maintaining collaborative and constructive relationships across all levels of the Foundation.
    • Maintains an active network of colleagues across NSF and initiates efforts to promote program goals and disseminate best practices to benefit CHE and all of NSF.
    • Shares knowledge with colleagues inside and across divisions; works collaboratively to identify issues, solve problems, and ensure co-review and co-funding of relevant proposals.
    • Engages in the open exchange of ideas and opinions and demonstrates appreciation for diverse points of view. Uses professional language and a respectful and courteous tone in oral and written communications.
    • Keeps others, including management, informed of major issues and/or changes to tasks or schedules that could significantly affect their ability to complete work within established timelines.
    Professional Development
    • Seeks and completes a wide variety of developmental opportunities, such as workshops and professional conferences, and demonstrates proficiency applying new skills and knowledge to support NSF at the forefront of scientific knowledge and discovery.
    • Develops extensive knowledge of research trends in relevant scientific discipline and applies this knowledge to professional development and/or research activities; proactively shares significant new techniques, research methods, or scientific content with others.
    • Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.

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    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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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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