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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for an Associate Program Director position in the division’s Workforce Development Cluster, within the Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC), Directorate of Engineering (ENG), Alexandria, VA.

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    The Associate Program Officer works with program officers or senior researchers to provide an integrated and responsible effort for research program or an area of a research program. The goal and core strategies of NSF's Strategic Plan set the framework for all activities. The goals are: (1) Expand knowledge in science, engineering, and learning, (2) Advance the capability of the Nation to meet current and future challenges, and (3) Enhance NSF's performance of its mission. Within this context, Associate Program Directors may assist in soliciting, receiving and reviewing research proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards, and undertake interaction with research communities in the applicable fields.

    Major Duties


    • Implements proposal review and evaluation processes, and scientific/technical review of proposals. This includes the ability to recognize the essential characteristics of the proposed project and the ability to evaluate the significance of its objectives to the NSF mission.
    • Monitors program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgement to ensure 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
    • Administers 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 evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international and cross-directorate programs.
    • Assists in the development of short- and long-range plans, establishing objectives for research programs, and program evaluation.
    • Assists in planning the program budget and allocating resources with that budget among major competitive programs.


    • Represents the Program, Division, and Foundation, within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, other agencies and organizations, and 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/or Division.
    • Responds to assignments on special projects and temporary functional teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination.
    • 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 and salient current research developments. Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
    • Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.

    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/558863000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.