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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Mathematician (Program Director) position within the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), in Alexandria, VA.

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    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, a high degree of personal integrity, as well as excellent teamwork and communications skills.. In general the responsibilities of a NSF Program Director involve long-range planning and budget development, 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.

    Specific duties and responsibilities include:


    • 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 broad participation
    • Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs
    • Plans the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget among major competitive programs, and manages post-award evaluation


    • 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 collaborations with 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
    • Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission
    • Develops policies and plans for strengthening support of research and education programs
    • Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathers input 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, and budget plans


    • Establishes contacts and maintains active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities
    • Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments
    • Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1520 Mathematics

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