Geographer, Geography and Spatial Sciences Program (Program Director)
The GSS program supports basic research dealing with a variety of topics associated with geographic dimensions of human, physical, and biotic systems on the Earth. Investigations into the nature, causes, and consequences of human activity within particular places and spaces and extensions to regional and global spheres are especially encouraged. Projects examining a variety of domestic and international topics qualify for support if they show promise of contributing to scholarship by enhancing geographic knowledge, concepts, theories, and their application to societal problems and concerns.The Program Director will have specific responsibilities that include the following:Articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field's needs and future development;Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geography and/or another spatial scientific 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.In addition to above qualification, the ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocate resources to meet a spectrum of goals, and insure transparency and accountability in the grant award/declination management process is highly desired. Candidates should be able 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.This position is outside the competitive civil service. 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.
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.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.This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.