The individual selected for this position will serve as a Program Director in SEP and will be charged with maintaining a healthy balance of support for the needs of the research and education enterprise whether through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities. The successful candidate must manage program resources so as to provide optimal and appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflicts-of-interest, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. The candidate will incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration; manage an effective and timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists; and represent the Section, Division and Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions. The individual selected will create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission, participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings by providing input relevant to Program area and/or the Division; represent the SEP Section in interdisciplinary and cross-directorate activities and programs; and pursue affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals. The successful candidate will establish contact and maintain active involvement in Section research and related areas through participation in professional activities, maintain familiarity with salient current research developments, pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit; and expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.