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    The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate for an Associate Program Director position for the Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation program (EFRI), within the Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA), Directorate of Engineering (ENG), Alexandria, Va.

    For more information about EFMA programs can be found at their website: EFMA

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    The NSF Associate Program Director works with Program Officers or senior researchers to provide an integrated and responsible effort for a research program or an area of a research program. The goals and core strategies of NSF's Strategic Plan set the framework for all activities. The goals are: (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 Associate Program Director is involved in a range of activities which include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program or office, administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, preparation of written material describing advances in the research supported, and liaison with other NSF programs, Federal agencies and organizations.



    • Provide oversight of the day-to-day operations of the EFMA office to include management of the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program.
    • Manage teams of Program Directors who co-manage EFRI topics.
    • Manage EFRI Research Experience and Mentoring (REM) program, and unsolicited proposals.
    • Prepare EFRI solicitation in coordination with Program Directors from ENG divisions.
    • Promote a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
    • Monitor program resources so as 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. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.
    • Administer an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and in ensuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists and engineers.
    • Assist EFMA office head with the development of budgets, short- and long-range plans, and establish objectives for research programs, and program evaluation.
    • Plan, organize and manage workshops and annual grantees' meetings.


    • Represent the EFMA office, the ENG Directorate, and Foundation within the scientific community, other agencies, non-profits, and the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
    • Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission. Coordinate and collaborate with other directorates, agencies, the scientific community, and the public on research and other activities.
    • Responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination.
    • Prepare and disseminate a variety of information documents that may include data on progress made toward NSF goals, trends and opportunities.
    • Prepare and execute presentations that promote EFMA, ENG, and NSF programs and activities at national and international events.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0340 Program Management

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/550920100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.