This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to September 20th, 2019.
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The Head of the Integrated Activities Section serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal spokesperson for its cross-cutting activities. The incumbent is responsible for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted funds for the section, which includes the following programs: Instrumentation and Facilities, Geoinformatics, Education and Human Resources, Postdoctoral Fellowships, two major facilities (SAGE and GAGE), and cross-cutting research programs Frontiers of Earth Sciences, Critical Zone Sciences, Paleo-Perspectives on Climate Change, and GEOPRISMS. The incumbent guides the Section in formulating and implementing its research objectives and manages its administrative, fiscal and personnel aspects. The responsibilities of the Head of the Integrated Activities Section include the coordination of activities with the division’s Disciplinary Programs Section and other relevant organizations within the Foundation, other Federal agencies, community organizations and international partners.
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Conditions of Employment
- Public Trust - Background Investigation
- One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments.
- Requires an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE-278).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Clearance.
EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL (E/Ms): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the E/Ms. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible."
1. Leading Change. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results-Driven Leadership. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL (P/Ts): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the P/T qualifications. You must address each P/T qualification separately.
1. Education, strongly preferred at the Ph.D level, or equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and equivalent experience, in at least one of the major sub disciplinary fields of the Earth Sciences (e.g., geology, paleontology, hydrology, geochemistry, geophysics, tectonics).
2. Substantial research contributions and strong evidence of scholarship in earth sciences and/or related disciplines, as evidenced by publications, innovative leadership in research administration, and professional leadership and awards.
3. Skill in balancing complex and diverse program demands and available resources in response to major advances and/or changing needs of earth sciences research and technology and demonstrated ability to exercise sound professional judgment in the initiation of research in the field of earth sciences.
4. Broad understanding of universities and other academic institutions and/or large facilities where research and education in earth sciences is conducted, including knowledge of grant and contract administration; and fiscal management with experience in scientific research support.
When responding to the P/T and E/M qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the E/Ms and P/Ts.
Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.
Applicants who do not provide narrative statements addressing both the E/M and P/T qualifications will be rated as "ineligible".
Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial (E/M) Qualifications (ECQs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical (P/T) Qualifications is required.
To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications.
Security Clearance: Public Trust - Background Investigation
The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period.
Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be evaluated by an Evaluation Panel of senior officials. The panel will rate and rank applicants on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education. The panel will assess the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the professional/technical qualifications of the position and the executive/managerial qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.
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1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Essential Executive/Managerial (E/M) Core qualifications, the Essential Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:
Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers.
Educational information, including the name, city and state of your colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received.
Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:
- Job title (include series and grade, if Federal job)
- Duties and accomplishments
- Employer's name and address
- Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
- Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments
2. P/T Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the professional/technical qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each P/T qualification will be rated as "ineligible".
3. E/M Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual E/M. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligible, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each E/M qualification will be rated as "ineligible".
4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their Qualification Review Board (QRB) certificate.
5. Citizenship Affidavit: Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application.
Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation Headquarters is conveniently located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, right in Alexandria, VA, a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria a short trip away. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:
Public transportation subsidy
Child care subsidy
Flexible working hours
Physical Fitness Facility on site
Health Services Unit on site
Employee Assistance Program
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date on this announcement. Applications may be transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed or delivered to the following address:
National Science Foundation.
Division of Human Resource Management.
Executive Personnel, Suite W 15200.
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 222314
Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-7493; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-8044 for assistance.
Ensure that your application includes the required documents listed under "Required Documents."
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact on this job opportunity announcement.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.
Agency contact information
Sandra De Leon
AddressNATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
2415 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate(s) to the selecting official.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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