Physical Scientist (Program Director)
The responsibilities of the NSF program officer are constantly evolving. The program officer is guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.Responsibilities of the NSF Program officer include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program or program cluster, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in the research supported, and coordination and liaison with other programs in NSF, other Federal agencies and organizations. Additional duties and responsibilities include:PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT• Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.• Manages program resources to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict of interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists.• Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.• Manages an effective, 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.• Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, and other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.• Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and objectives for support of research programs.• Plans the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget by distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manages post-award evaluation.• Controls waste, fraud and abuse.REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP• Represents the Program, Division and the Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.• Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.• Participates in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to program area and/or Division.• Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals.• Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.• Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission.• Develops policies and plans for strengthening support of research and education programs.• Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathers data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.• Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and opportunities, and budget plans.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT• Establishes contacts and maintains active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities.• Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments.• Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit.• Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the chemical, materials, physical sciences or a closely-related field plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program.Additional expertise in interdisciplinary research areas at the interface between the biological/life and the materials/physical sciences is also desired. 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.
Other InformationIf 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.NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.
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