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    This position is located in any Division in the Directorate of Biological Sciences. The Directorate for Biological Sciences supports research to advance understanding of the principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies extend across systems that encompass  biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere.

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    The incumbent works collaboratively with others to perform tasks in support of Division Management and Program Directors and ensures that the function meets the scientific objectives and goals of the Division and the Directorate.  The incumbent serves as the key scientific support person in the Division, responsible for the portfolio analysis of the Division's Investments in biological research and education.  Specifically:


    Serves as an analytical resource for scientific attributes of the Directorate portfolio and answers questions about how to access critical program data and analytical information. Develops, maintains, and updates program databases, (e.g., reviewer database, outreach/site visit database, facilities database), including the assignment of scientific attributes, such as expertise of the reviewers and outcomes of outreach and site visits.

    Gathers raw data from multiple scientific sources, such as literature databases and scientific databases in order to design queries; and analyzes and presents findings to management for analysis of scientific and infrastructure trends and business process improvement.

    Prepares analytical, comparative and statistical reports of program activities and scientific accomplishments in biological and related sciences, including analysis and reporting of scientific impacts of the Directorate investments.

    Conducts program analysis of the different areas of biosciences supported by the Directorate. Drafts routine analyses, reports and presentations for other staff review and use.


    Works with other staff to organize and oversee the proposal review process and on the classification of scientific areas in each portfolio.

    Responds to routine or complex inquiries from principal investigators/reviewers related to programmatic issues requiring professional scientific knowledge and judgment about research policy.

    Manages technical preparation for Advisory Committee and Committee of Visitors meetings (e.g., data collection, data analysis, preparation of portfolio analyses in scientific areas of strategic importance).


    Identifies outreach needs from the research community and works with other staff to develop outreach plans, and interfaces with other Divisions/Directorates to plan and coordinate outreach/site visit activities.

    Oversees the coordination of logistical support for outreach activities and workshops; and drafts technical materials related to NSF supported research activities for presentations, tutorials, workshops, training, and poster sessions.

    May represent NSF by staffing booths at workshops and conferences, answering questions and providing information.


    Works collaboratively with other team members to restructure work process, standardize procedures, and implement changes for organizations supported.

    Evaluates the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of their contributions to the accomplishment of organization/program goals and objectives.


    Plans, develops, coordinates, organizes, implements, communicates, and tracks project plans, guidelines, procedures and timetables, including recommending changes in policy and management activities for these projects.

    Performs management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross-directorate programs and activities.

    Collects pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources within and outside NSF.

    Participates in management meetings held to make decisions with regard to modifying or initiating programs or projects.


    • Program Analysis and Reporting
    • Policy Implementation and Organization Performance
    • Customer Service and Communication
    • Teamwork
    • Project Management and Special Activities

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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