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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for Program Directors in the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Section, Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), Office of the Director (OD), in Alexandria, VA.

    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.

    The mission of EPSCoR is to advance excellence in science and engineering research and education in order to achieve sustainable increases in research, education, and training capacity and competitiveness that will enable EPSCoR jurisdictions to have increased engagement in areas supported by the NSF.

    EPSCoR GOALS Include:

    • Catalyze the development of research capabilities within and across EPSCoR jurisdictions;
    • Establish sustainable STEM education, training and professional development pathways;
    • Broaden direct participation of diverse individuals and institutions in S&E;
    • Effect sustainable engagement in the national research community;
    • Impact research, education and economic development within participating jurisdictions.
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    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.

    The responsibilities of the NSF 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.

    The Program Director in EPSCoR will have specific responsibilities that may include the following:

    • Establishing goals and objectives, initiating new program thrusts, revising current activities and potentially phasing out some programmatic areas.
    • Providing information on new developments and opportunities in STEM.
    • Maintaining and further strengthening linkages with collaborative programs at NSF and other relevant Federal agencies.
    • Participating in technical management and financial oversight of various funded NSF EPSCoR projects.
    • Managing an effective and timely merit review process.
    • Representing the NSF EPSCoR program at relevant internal and external events.
    • Keeping abreast of current research and educational trends.
    • Participating in some defined subset of professional activities that contribute to such currency (e.g., conducting research, delivering presentations and publishing quality scholarship, attending technical conferences of relevance, reading scientific articles and books and engaging in other forms of ongoing professional development).
    • Working cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF.

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    Applications accepted from U.S. Citizens.

    Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.

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