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Announcement Number:
EAR-2014-0009
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Position Title:
Physical Science Administrator (Program Director)
Open Period:
06/25/2014 - 11/07/2014
Series/Grade:
AD - 1301 04
Salary:
$106263.00 - $165596.00
Promotion Potential:
AD-04
Duty Location(s):
Few in
  • Arlington, VA, US
For More Info:
KENYA B. LYONS
703-292-8781
kblyons@nsf.gov

Overview

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:
Permanent
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:
"Monster/Hiring Management will be unavailable/offline on Saturday, August 16, 2014 and Sunday, August 17, 2014, therefore you will not be able to apply for this job announcement during this time.

Applicants wishing to apply for a Federal Temporary, IPA or VSEE Appointment should see Job Announcement EAR-2014-0010.

The NSF is seeking candidate(s) for a Program Director within the Surface Earth Processes (SEP) Section, Division of Earth Science (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Arlington VA.

EAR supports proposals for research that will improve understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution and behavior of the Earth's materials. In so doing, EAR supports research on a complex interplay of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes. In addition, the Division administers programs in support of basic research, facilities, and a wide spectrum of other scientific activities.

SEP supports research on Earth surface processes within EAR, in related GEO Directorate research programs, NSF wide initiatives, and collaborative research programs with other Federal agencies.

More information about EAR and their programs, please visit here.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Authorized:
Yes

Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.

Key Requirements:

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

Duties

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.

Qualifications and Evaluations

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

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
Evaluations:
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. Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories relevant to programs in the Surface Earth Processes Section as demonstrated by publications, invited talks, and/or professional recognition.
  2. Ability to manage an externally reviewed proposal driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
  3. Research, analytical and technical writing skills which evidence the ability to manage an externally reviewed proposal-driven grants program and to perform extensive inquiry into a wide variety of significant issues and make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
  4. Ability to interact effectively with members of the scientific community, representatives of other federal agencies, foreign national programs and peers to effectively present, advocate and advance program policies, plans and goals.
Qualifications:
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Appropriate fields include any discipline relevant to the programs in the Surface Earth Processes Section: Hydrologic Sciences, Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology, Geobiology and Low-temperature Geochemistry, Geomorphology and Land-use Dynamics, and Critical-Zone Observatories.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits:
Review our Benefits
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 Program Director 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 must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
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 adsearch@nsf.gov; 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.