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    The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for an Oceanographer (Program Director) position for the Integrative Programs Section (IPS), in the Division of Oceansciences (OCE) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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    OCE supports basic research and education to further understanding of all aspects of the global oceans and their interactions with the earth and the atmosphere. The division also offers opportunities to participate in global change research programs and other focus programs.

    OCE supports the operation, acquisition, construction, and conversion of major shared-use oceanographic facilities needed to carry out oceanographic-related research programs.

    The incumbent is a member of the Integrative Programs Section (IPS) of OCE and serves as the Program Director of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Program. The OOI Program Director will work closely with other Program Directors in IPS who collectively manage OCE’s research infrastructure facilities, and coordinate with the OCE Science Program Directors on opportunities for OOI Program engagement with the science community to support cutting edge scientific research and technological developments. The IPS portfolio supports a broad range of programs in research infrastructure and observations facilities, ocean technology development, and ocean education. The OOI Program Director will also interact with members of the NSF Large Facilities Office (LFO) on matters pertaining to the management of NSF Major Facilities.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    Program Planning and Management:

    • Plan and implement allocation of funds to meet program requirements effectively and efficiently within the limits of program budgets.
    • Manage the NSF Oversight responsibilities for the management and operation of the program.
    • Plan, implement, and monitor program actions to meet fiscal and procedural policies.
    • Coordinate with the Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support (DACS) to administer the Cooperative Agreements (CA) for the Management & Operation of the program.
    • Coordinate with the Office of the Assistant Director for Geosciences (GEO) and the LFO on the administration of NSF policies and procedures for oversight of major facilities as applicable to the program.
    • Conduct necessary risk management activities such as the planning, identification, analysis, mitigation, and monitoring of risks through a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools.
    • Utilize knowledge of agency policies in order to process proposals in a timely and appropriate manner, ensure that adequate documentation is provided for all proposal actions, and to maintain appropriate proposal review procedures and post-award monitoring processes. Ensure that all activities that may impact other programs are appropriately communicated to responsible staff.

    Representation, Communication, and Leadership:

    • Represent the program within the scientific community accurately reflecting NSF policies and positions.
    • Inform the Division and Directorate leadership regarding the significant outcomes of the program and developments and trends in the field.
    • 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 to provide input relevant to Program and/or Division areas.
    • Pursue affirmative action and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) goals. This can be achieved by establishing an inclusive environment where both organizational and cultural awareness are demonstrated, and all perspectives are considered.
    • Pursue and/or be responsive to assignments to special projects and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and affect special programs' coordination.
    • Contribute ideas and efforts towards improving the quality of NSF policies and achievement of the overall mission.
    • Contribute to the development of policies and plans for strengthening support of ocean research infrastructure, observations facilities, technological developments, and ocean education programs.
    • Utilize the ability to demonstrate knowledge in a logical, organized, concise, and compelling manner through verbal and written communication to advise, inform, persuade, present, and defend actions. Apply the skill to tailor the message to the intended audience with the appropriate tone, style, and delivery. Apply the expertise to use these communications to persuade and connect with stakeholders to reach agreements in concurrence with NSF’s positions and decisions.
    • Provide effective communication and cooperation and the ability to interact in a thoughtful, transparent, and respectful manner to minimizes disputes and disagreement.

    Professional Development:

    • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in program and related areas through participation in professional activities.
    • Maintain familiarity with salient current research facilities, technology developments, and scientific and engineering best practices in order to make decisions with minimal supervision using evidence to weigh options and forecast outcomes.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1360 Oceanography

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/615201600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.