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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources
Open Period:
03/26/2014 - 06/18/2014
ES - 1701 00
$157000.00 - $178300.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Arlington, VA, US
For More Info:
Ashante Johnson


Who May Apply:
Applications accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered as an IPA only.
Security Clearance Required:
Duration Appointment:
SES Career, SES Limited-Term Appt.(1-3 years) or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment.
Marketing Statement:
NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will also be training future scientists and engineers.

We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do.
More about NSF.
This job opportunity announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to June 18, 2014.

Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the
Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay. Competitive status is not required, veterans preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period. Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.

This position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs.
Supervisory Position:


As principal associate to the NSF Assistant Director for the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and a member of the senior leadership team, the Deputy Assistant Director joins with the Assistant Director to provide intellectual leadership and management oversight in all aspects of EHR’s scientific program. The Directorate provides research-oriented leadership for the Nation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning and education through its four divisions: Undergraduate Education; Graduate Education; Human Resource Development; and Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. Program goals include fundamental research, research-based development, direct support to students through scholarships and fellowships, and large-scale interventions devoted to enhancing the pipeline for the STEM workforce. The work of the directorate is organized around thematic areas: learning and learning environments, broadening participation and capacity, and professional workforce development. On behalf of the Assistant Director, the Deputy Assistant Director has strategic oversight responsibility for the implementation of policy, represents EHR on internal and external senior level policy and planning bodies, and with external stakeholder groups, and serves as the Assistant Director in his/her absence.  In conjunction with the Assistant Director, the Deputy Assistant Director provides leadership in the continued improvement of EHR functions and mission development, direction, and guidance to staff members in the Office of the Assistant Director and across the Directorate. The Deputy Assistant Director is an expert leader, manager, and full participant in the planning, development, implementation, and monitoring of EHR programs and activities. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

  1. Ph.D. in STEM education, public education policy, or a STEM discipline; or equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and equivalent experience in research and/or policy in at least one of the fields represented in the EHR Directorate (e.g., K-12, undergraduate, and/or graduate STEM education, learning in informal environments, learning sciences, STEM learning and learning environments, workforce development, broadening participation, and disciplinary STEM education.)
  2. Senior management experience in academic, government, not-for-profit, and/or private sector national research and education endeavors directed at the enhancement of STEM education. Ability to establish a vision for the future of STEM education and learning.
  3. Skill in building on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in multiple disciplines to develop and implement approaches and programs that address important cross-cutting national challenges and priorities in STEM, and conduct research on learning.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of STEM education policy issues at Federal and/or state level, as related to EHR responsibilities and mission.
  5. Demonstrated ability in providing liaison and communication with high-level officials of the Federal and scientific/education academic communities and with officials of major STEM organizations, the media and diverse audiences.
Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the qualification requirements. Eligible applicants will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel according to the criteria based on the qualification requirements. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.

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1. Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People.  Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals.  Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results-Driven Leadership.  Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen.  Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions.  Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial Qualifications (ECQs/Ems); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.

Benefits and Other Info

A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the
Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program

Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits.  NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment.  Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations.

Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.  For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.

Other Information:
You must submit all required information by the closing date.  If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

The individual selected will be required to file an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.

Ensure that your application includes the documents listed below and reflects your background in terms of the qualification requirements for the position.

1. Resume or other application format of your choice.  Your application should contain the following information: Announcement number and your country of citizenship (Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered as an IPA only.); Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.

2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of (a)the executive/managerial, and (b)the professional/technical requirements.

3. NSF Form 1232, Applicant Survey.  We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form.  This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION:  Applications must be received by the closing date on this announcement.  Applications may be transmitted electronically to or mailed or delivered to the following address:
 National Science Foundation.
Division of Human Resource Management.
Executive Personnel, Room 315.
ATTN: EHR-2014-0003
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230

Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-8267; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.

Additional information on the NSF mission, structure, programs, and operations may be accessed through our website.  The NSF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact on this job opportunity announcement.

Required Documents:
Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.
What to Expect Next:
The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official.