BCS is responsible for the support of fundamental research in all behavioral and cognitive science fields. The Division is composed of standing programs in Anthropological, Geographical, Psychological, and Language Sciences.
The objective of the Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences (HEGS) Program is to support basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales. The selected program officer must demonstrate broad familiarity with the full range of the geographical sciences. She or he will also be involved in relevant and related cross-directorate program and initiatives such as the Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES), Coastlines and People (CoPe), and, as needed, other related cross-directorate initiatives.
The responsibilities of NSF Program Directors are dynamic and constantly evolve. The Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (1) enable the U.S. 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.
Program Directors have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility for carrying out the agency's mission to support research through a merit review process that promotes the progress of science, advances national welfare, and secures the national defense. The Program Director should have deep and broad knowledge of linguistics, be committed to high standards, be receptive to new ideas, have good inter-personal skills, value fairness, and hold a high degree of personal integrity.
PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
• Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise through all activities.
• Manages program resources 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.
• Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.
• Manages 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 expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, and other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.
• Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs.
• Plans the budget for the program considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget by distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manages post-award evaluation.
REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
• Represents the Program, Division and the 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.
• 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 and/or Division.
• Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity goals.
• Contributes ideas and effort to improving 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 and gathers data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
• 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 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.