The Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) within the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) announces a nationwide search for one or more full time permanent Program Directors at the National Science (NSF) with research expertise in science or engineering teaching and learning at the preK-12 level for all learners.
The successful candidate 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 EHR Core Research (ECR), Discovery Research preK-12 (DRK-12), Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) and Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL). In addition, successful candidates may represent the Division on cross-Directorate programs with an emphasis on science or engineering education. Central to DRL’s efforts is the broadening of participation in STEM and STEM education, focusing on equity and inclusion and taking account of the perspectives and strengths of groups that have historically been underrepresented
NSF Program Directors have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility to ensure NSF funded activities are at the forefront of advancing fundamental knowledge. In support of that mission, Program Directors are responsible for extensive interaction with informal and formal educational organizations, academic and industry research communities, as well as interaction with other Federal agencies that may lead to the development of interagency collaborations. Within this context, Program Directors solicit, receive, and review proposals; invite and facilitate review panels; make funding recommendations; administer awards; and undertake interaction with research communities in these fields. They are also responsible for service to the Foundation-wide activities and initiatives that together accomplish NSF’s strategic goals to:
1) Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering
2) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and Education
3) Excel as a Federal Science Agency.
The position requires a commitment to high intellectual and ethical standards; a considerable breadth of interest; receptivity to new ideas; an understanding of and commitment to broadening participation; and a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.
Conditions of Employment
- Background investigation.
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General Foreign Talent Definitions.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Science or Engineering, Science Education, Engineering Education, or a related field, plus after award of the Ph.D. or Ed.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
Individuals from populations who are historically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. NSF is an equal opportunity employer.
This position is outside the competitive civil service.
This position is outside the competitive civil service.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds
This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.
Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.
This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.
NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.
The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. In some cases, additional assessment processes may also be used.
We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below as they relate to your background, experiences, and expertise. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.
Quality Ranking Factors
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- Experience and scholarship in science or engineering education research on teaching or learning at the preK-12 or in informal settings demonstrating knowledge of theory, methods, and practice.
- Demonstrated ability to situate one’s own work within scholarship regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in STEM teaching and learning.
- Capacity to analyze documents (e.g., proposals, manuscripts, reports) and develop well-reasoned recommendations about funding or publication. Ability to conduct a holistic review process that considers a range of experiences and perspectives.
- Proven history of interpersonal workplace competencies necessary to interact with highly diverse teams, personnel, and stakeholders, including evidence of supporting and promoting equity.
Your application must be submitted online and all document uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.
You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.
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Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview if interviews are conducted. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official.
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