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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Physical Science Administrator (Program Director) position in the Arctic Natural Sciences Program, within the Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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    Responsibilities

    The Arctic Natural Sciences (ANS) Program serves as the program that supports research that is focused on disciplinary and interdisciplinary investigations related to understanding Arctic processes, including how those processes are changing in the rapidly changing Arctic system. The Program encourages proposals that test hypotheses leading to new understanding of the Arctic. The program also welcomes proposals that synthesize and analyze historical data. Areas of special interest to the ANS program include marine and terrestrial ecosystems, terrestrial hydrology, Arctic atmospheric and oceanic dynamics and climatology, and Arctic glaciological processes.

    The Responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. The program Manager 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, an 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 Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the Arctic Natural Sciences program, 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 include:

    PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

    •    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 support of 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.

    REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP

    •    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 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 support of 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, and budget plans.

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    •    Establishes contacts 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.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    04

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530539800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.