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Announcement Number:
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Position Title:
Open Period:
06/12/2014 - 07/17/2014
AD - 0401,0801,1301,1501 04
$106263.00 - $165596.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
FEW in
  • Arlington, VA, US
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Who May Apply:
Applications will be 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 not be considered.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Duration Appointment:
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 announcement was AMENDED to Extend the Closing Date to July 17, 2014.

Applicants wishing to apply for a VSEE, IPA or Federal Temporary Appointment should see Job Announcement EAC-2014-0007.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Evaluator in the Office of the Director (OD), Office of International and Integrative Activities (IIA), Evaluation and Assessment Capability (EAC) Section, Arlington, VA.

The EAC Section will coordinate the development of decision-support tools that use portfolio data to inform results and will engage those involved in research programs in a range of evaluation activities. Continuous portfolio analysis to assess the diversity and nature of NSF’s portfolio of investments and rigorous evaluation of the outcomes associated with those investments over time will be used to inform programmatic decision making. These actions will allow NSF to more consistently evaluate the impacts of its investments, to make more data-driven decisions, and to establish a culture of evidence-based planning and policy-making.

More information about IIA and its sections can be found at
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:

Relocation expenses MAY be paid subject to funds availability.

Key Requirements:

Background investigation. Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above


The individual selected for this position will serve as an Evaluator who will utilize his/her professional knowledge and education in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related field to:

  • Carry out the design of evaluations of complex research and STEM programs, policies and cross-cutting themes.
  • Lead effectively evaluations conducted by NSF staff and/or consultants/contractors, including the completion and dissemination of final reports.
  • Ensure that evaluations meet high professional evaluation standards in line with NSF Evaluation Policy.
  • Analyze administrative data and conduct requested special analyses of major STEM issues.
  • Critique and/or synthesize evaluation plans of awards in the strategic research investment portfolio.
  • Facilitate the use of emerging text mining and visualization tools for transparency and accountability tasks.
  • Use innovative methods to determine policy impact based on research and evaluation findings.
  • Ensure that up-to-date evaluation techniques and approaches are applied, such as ensuring continuous methodological improvement of and support to evaluation activities, outcome monitoring and the relationship with business intelligence and portfolio analysis systems.
  • Develop and advise on requirements for evaluations and statements of work for contracting purposes.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation as well as contributing to the development and review of policies, guidance, systems, procedures and tools related to evaluation.
  • Work with other NSF evaluation units as well as Federal and professional evaluation bodies to identify and disseminate innovative and best practices for the evaluation of research and STEM education.
The individual selected for this position will ensure that evaluations are useful and that evaluation findings and recommendations are understood and assimilated by the program officers through:

  • Participating in the preparation of briefings and reports to program management and senior leadership on findings, recommendations and lessons learned of strategic importance.
  • Organizing meetings, workshops and other discussion forums to establish a dialogue on evaluation results (recommendations/ lessons learned).
  • Designing and implementing an Evaluation Capacity Development training program for NSF Program Directors.

Qualifications and Evaluations

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

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

Quality Ranking Factors:
  1. Experience in evaluating complex research and/or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.
  2. Demonstrated ability to provide scientific, theoretical and analytical expertise for the assessment of policies and programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to serve as the liaison to the scientific community on behalf of NSF and as the community's representative to the federal government.
  4. Experience in assessing scientific investments and the outcomes associated with those investments overtime.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a STEM-related field, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful experience in evaluation of scientific research and education activities for a multidiscipline organization; OR a Master’s degree in a STEM-related field, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful experience in evaluation of scientific research and education activities for a multidiscipline organization.

Additionally, the individual should have an understanding of public investments in science programs. Experience with state of the art analytics, business intelligence, and data warehousing is a plus.

Benefits and Other Info

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Additional 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
  • 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:
If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This Evaluator position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed or uploaded before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.

Required Documents:
In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit  to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

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.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).
What to Expect Next:
Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.