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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Physical Science Administrator (Program Director) position for the Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities program in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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    AGS supports fundamental research into the physical, chemical, and biological processes that impact the composition and physical phenomena and behavior of matter between the sun and the surface of the Earth. This includes a wide variety of important processes that impact humans and society, such as weather, climate, air quality and space weather. Specific programs include studies of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of earth's upper and lower atmosphere and its space environment, and research on climate processes and variations.

    AGS supports the atmospheric and related sciences community with a portfolio of observing facilities and through the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), an NSF-sponsored Federally Funded Research and Development Center based in Boulder, Colorado. The scientific oversight of NCAR is the responsibility of the entire AGS division, with leadership, oversight and program management provided by the AGS NCAR and Facilities Section (NFS). NFS also manages the AGS programs in lower atmosphere observing facilities and in education and cross-cutting research. The NSF lower atmosphere observing facilities include the NSF C-130 and G-V aircraft operated by NCAR, the University of Wyoming King Air, and airborne and ground-based instrumentation such as radars and sounding systems that are operated by NCAR and other institutions

    Working closely with colleagues in the NCAR and Facilities Section, AGS, and throughout NSF, the incumbent will have primary responsibility for the programmatic oversight, award management and lifecycle planning of the AGS-funded lower atmosphere observing facilities. The incumbent will also support the Section’s oversight of NCAR and cross-cutting programs. Specific duties will include:

    • Manage solicitations, programs and budgets for operating and deploying AGS national lower atmospheric observing facilities.
    • Oversee and serve as the primary point of contact for the lower atmosphere observing facilities operated by the NCAR.
    • Work with NSF science program officers to ensure that the deployment of the AGS lower atmosphere observing facilities is well-coordinated, technically feasible and equitable.
    • Working with colleagues, the scientific community and facility managers, lead the development of long-range plans for the AGS national lower atmospheric observing facilities.
    • Serve as a Divisional point of contact and program officer for NSF-wide research infrastructure initiatives.
    • Serve on intra-agency, interagency and international committees involving lower atmosphere observing facilities

    Additional 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.
    •    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.
    •    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 and manages post-award evaluation.
    •    Controls waste, fraud and abuse.

    •    Represents the Foundation within the scientific community, 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 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.
    •    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.

    •    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


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536560700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.