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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for a Physical Science Administrator (Program Director) position for the Marine Geology and Geophysics program in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) within the Directorate for Geosciences, Alexandria, VA.

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    NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires knowledge in the appropriate disciplines and a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

    The Marine Geology and Geophysics (MGG) Program seeks candidates with experience and expertise in marine geophysics. The Program Director will work closely with other Program Directors who collectively manage the Marine Geology and Geophysics Program. The MGG Program supports research on all aspects of the geology and geophysics of ocean basins and margins and those of the Great Lakes.

    The Program Director's core duties and responsibilities are administering the merit review process, proposal recommendations, and coordinating and working with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations.

    The Program Director's responsibilities are:


    • Maintain a healthy balance of support for all the research and education enterprise needs through Program, Division, Directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
    • Manage program resources to provide appropriate scientific judgment to ensure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflicts of interest, a balance between appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and all qualified scientists' participation.
    • Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.
    • Manage an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the reviewer pools' size and quality and ensuring participation by women, minorities, and disabled scientists.
    • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation, and advice for other NSF programs, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.
    • Advise and assist in developing short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs
    • Plan the Program's budget considering past, present, and future fiscal years, allocate resources within the budget by distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manage post-award evaluation.
    • Control waste, fraud, and abuse.


    • Represent the Program, Division, and the Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, other appropriate agencies, organizations, and the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
    • Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies to pursue the overall NSF mission.
    • Participate in staff, panel, committee, and other meetings, providing input relevant to program area and/or Division.
    • Pursue affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals.
    • Pursue and/or be responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and affect special programs' coordination.
    • Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission.
    • Develop policies and plans for strengthening support of research and education programs.
    • Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
    • Prepare and disseminate various informational documents, which may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and opportunities, and 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.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599779800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.