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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for multiple Social Scientists (Program Director) positions in the Economics, Sociology, Science of Organizations, STS/Ethical and Responsible Research, and the Security and Preparedness Programs, within the Division of Social and Economics Sciences (SES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE), Alexandria, VA.

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    Program Directors help research activities and research communities thrive. This requires, for example: long-range planning and budget development; the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations; the preparation of press releases, feature articles, and other materials describing advances in the research supported; as well as coordination with related programs in NSF or in other agencies and organizations.

    Every Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (I) 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.



    • Maintain a healthy portfolio of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division; directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
    • Manage program resources so as to promote integrity, consistency, and good scientific judgement in the grant/declination process while avoiding conflicts of interest, imbalances of representation, or perceptions of partiality.
    • Manage an effective and timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size, quality, and diversity of the reviewer pools, including participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists.
    • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation, and advice for other research programs in NSF, including international or other cross-directorate programs.
    • Advise and assist in the development of plans, both short and long-term, that establish compelling goals and objectives for research programs. 
    • Budget programmatic expenditures considering past, present and future fiscal years so as to allocate risk and resources appropriately.
    • Maintain the rules, integrity, and reputation of NSF grantmaking.


    • Represent the Program, Division and 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.
    • Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
    • Participate in staff, panel, committee, and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
    • Pursue and/or be responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary working groups from across the Foundation to solve problems, to improve communication, and to coordinate special efforts.
    • Contribute ideas and energy to improving the quality of NSF’s policies and performance, including plans for strengthening research and education programs. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather information from the community about perceptions of NSF’s effectiveness.
    • Prepare and disseminate a variety of documents which may include data on NSF’s progress on meeting its goals, analysis of trends and opportunities, as well as budget plans.


    • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities. 
    • Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
    • Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0101 Social Science

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