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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for an Operations Manager (Antarctic Programs) position for the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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    Consisting of four sections with a staff of 50, OPP is one of the most diversified organizations in the National Science Foundation. OPP supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in the polar regions through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations. Its responsibilities also include management of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP)which provides for infrastructure, operations, and logistics needed for the conduct of its research programs. OPP supports research programs in the Antarctic focused on glaciology, astrophysics and geospace sciences, ocean and climate science, earth sciences, organisms and ecosystems, integrated system science as well as providing for multidisciplinary research support and instrumentation. In addition, OPP interfaces with other federal agencies to meet their mission needs in Antarctica, and interfaces with foreign national Antarctic programs for cooperation in logistical support for science or for US interests under the Antarctic Treaty.

    The Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics (AIL) Section is responsible for planning, budgeting, and overseeing the science support, infrastructure, operations, and logistics support for the USAP. This includes: direct field and laboratory support for 150–180Antarctic field research projects; operation, engineering and construction needed to maintain three permanent Antarctic stations and the supporting infrastructure; oversight for the operation of two icebreaking research vessels; development of specialized information technology and communication infrastructure; and coordinating the airlift, and sealift that comprise the Antarctic logistics infrastructure.

    The Operations Manager will work with other logistics and science program officers to help ensure that the operating infrastructure is responsive to the other Program functions that include science support; safety and health; logistics; information technology development; facilities, engineering, and construction. The incumbent will work within a diverse section that is composed of fulltime program managers, part-time Antarctic station managers (generally not on-site at NSF/HQ), DoD liaison officers (normally 2),contract personnel, a polar coordination specialist, and support staff.

    The Operations Manager has the following specific responsibilities: Coordinates development of the annual and long-range program plans for sustaining and improving the operations of the infrastructure necessary to support the USAP.

    Provides day-to-day oversight of the operation of supporting infrastructure and facilities.

    Interacts with the other AIL and Antarctic Science Section program managers to ensure that operating requirements are reflected in infrastructure development, and to integrate operational support requirements associated with science, logistics, construction, information technology, DoD and government agencies.

    Reviews financial reports from the major support entities for which the incumbent has oversight responsibilities to ensure expenditures are consistent with operational activity.

    May serve as a member of the Performance Evaluation Committee (PEC) for the principal USAP support contract.

    Develops statements of work for contracts, cooperative or memoranda of agreements as needed to complement/supplement existing technical, engineering, and construction expertise to sustain or develop the USAP infrastructure operations.

    Provides technical direction to the contractor in the areas of infrastructure operation and/or development.

    Approves invoices received by NSF for payment from contractors or government agencies that fall under his/her responsibility or oversight.

    The Operations Manager provides day-to-day supervision of the Antarctic Station Managers, including operational management, performance management, and management of diversity and inclusion.

    The Operations Manager will deploy to the Antarctic to perform oversight responsibilities, but may also on occasion, depending on staffing requirements, serve as the National Science Foundation Representative in Antarctica.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - 50% or less - The Operations Manager will deploy to the Antarctic to perform oversight responsibilities, but may also on occasion, depending on staffing requirements, serve as the National Science Foundation Representative in Antarctica.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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