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Announcement Number:
PLR-2017-0006
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Position Title:
Section Head, Polar Environment, Safety & Health
Open Period:
12/30/2016 - 02/10/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
ES - 0340 00
Salary:
USD $160,300 - USD $177,800
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time.
Promotion Potential:
ES-00
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Arlington, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Sandra De Leon
703-292-7493
execsrch@nsf.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require 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.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
SES Career
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.
Summary:
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.

NSF is relocating! In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, Virginia to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station on the Yellow Line, and has ample parking and amenities (hotels, restaurants, and shops) nearby.

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, veteran's 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.

Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.

Duties

The Head of the Polar Environment, Safety and Health (PESH) Section is responsible to the Office Director for the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) for the overall planning, coordination and management of policy and direction for all aspects of environmental, safety and health related to OPP-supported activities. The incumbent will develop environmental, safety and health program plans for the U.S. programs in polar regions in support of long-range scientific and national goals; establish priorities for environmental, health and safety activities and provide the Office Director with the technical, budgetary, and programmatic information needed for the formulation of Office-wide budgets and long-range plans; provide oversight of the environmental, safety and health related aspects of facilities of the U. S. Antarctic Program, including those at three land-based medical clinics, in the isolated sick bays aboard research vessels, and at remote field stations, together with associated emergency response coordination; oversee the development, review and evolution of health screening criteria for participants in the U.S. Antarctic Program and an appropriate subset of participants in projects supported by the Arctic Section; and supervise a staff of safety and health experts as well as Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to Antarctica, and assure appropriate independence of decision-making on these issues while providing oversight leadership to reduce safety, financial and legal risks. The responsibilities extend to the activities of all Federal agencies in Antarctica. 

The PESH Section Head serves as a member of the OPP leadership team and promotes liaison between the Section and other units of the Office and NSF, and other agencies and international organizations involved in support of environmental, safety and health goals in polar regions. OPP consists of four sections with a staff of approximately 60, and administers an annual budget of $450 million. OPP supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in polar regions through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations and through the provision for logistics support and infrastructure in the remote polar regions.


 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
Professional/Technical

Essential

1. Advanced degree in either an area of science supported by the Division, in environmental or safety and health studies, or in a professional field.

2. Ability to develop and manage a program that uses contracts, grants, and other agreement mechanisms needed to support a world-class research program in an operating environment that is constrained by budget, environment policy compliance, and human health and safety matters.

3. Demonstrated record of success in policy development, implementation and oversight responsibilities.

4. Demonstrated ability to work with program representatives from government and international agencies, contractor personnel and the science community as demonstrated by the ability to organize complex activities and to represent policies and objectives.

 
Key Requirements:
  • Background Investigation
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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.

    There are no questions to preview in the link below.
    Qualifications:
    Executive/Managerial

    Essential

    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 this position.

    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

    Benefits:
    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 (Arlington/Ballston location only)
    • Child care subsidy
    • Flexible working hours
    • Telecommuting
    • Physical Fitness Facility on site
    • NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    • Health Services Unit on site
    • Employee Assistance Program
    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.

    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.

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

    You will need to successfully complete a backround security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. 

    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. 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. Current Career SES. Current Career SES members and former SES members who have reinstatement eligibility to the Career SES must submit a Standard Form 50 showing Career SES status; OPM certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates must submit their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certificate.

    4. 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 execsrch@nsf.gov or mailed or delivered to the following address:

    National Science Foundation
    Division of Human Resource Management
    Executive Personnel, Room 315
    ATTN: PLR-2017-0006
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22230
    Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-7493; 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.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
    Required Documents:
    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.
    Next Steps:
    The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official.