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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate(s) for a Science Education Administrator (Program Director) with research expertise on teaching and learning of Mathematics at the pre K-12 level (including research on teacher education) for the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) Alexandria, VA.

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    DRL invests in projects to improve the effectiveness of STEM learning for people of all ages. Its mission includes promoting innovative research, development, and evaluation of learning and teaching across all STEM disciplines by advancing cutting-edge knowledge and practices in both formal and informal learning settings. DRL also promotes the broadening and deepening of capacity and impact in the educational sciences by encouraging the participation of scientists, engineers, and educators from the range of disciplines represented at NSF. Therefore, DRL's role in the larger context of Federal support for education research and evaluation is to be a catalyst for change—advancing theory, method, measurement, development, and application in STEM education. The Division seeks to advance both early, promising innovations as well as larger-scale adoptions of proven educational innovations. In doing so, it challenges the field to create the ideas, resources, and human capacity to bring about the needed transformation of STEM education for the 21st century.

    The incumbent will work across programs in DRL as all programs support research and development on areas related to this announcement. These programs include but are not limited to Discovery Research preK-12 and EHR Core Research. The incumbent will help establish the research agenda for mathematics education research that will not only enhance current teaching and learning but catalyze new, more inclusive, creative and potentially transformative approaches. In addition, the incumbent may represent the Division on cross-Directorate programs with an emphasis on Mathematics, Data Science and related fields.

    The responsibilities of the NSF program director are constantly evolving. The program director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: 1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, 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.

    Additional duties and responsibilities include:


    • Provides strategic support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise.
    • Manages program resources and exercises appropriate scientific judgment 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.
    • Assumes cross-directorate program administrative responsibilities as needed by the division and directorate.
    • Manages an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality, and diversity of the reviewer pool
    • Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, and other research programs, and cross-directorate activities.
    • Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs.
    • Plans budgets for programs and allocates resources within the budget.
    • Monitors the merit review and award processes to avert waste, fraud and abuse.


    • Represents the Program within the scientific community, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
    • Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies to support the overall NSF mission.
    • Participates meetings, providing input relevant to program area and/or Division.
    • Pursues affirmative action and EEO goals.
    • Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
    • Contributes ideas and effort to improve 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.
    • Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and opportunities, and budget plans.


    • 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 responsibilities.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/558901500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.