Operations Manager, GS-0301-14 NF

Alexandria, Virginia
May 24, 2022
May 26, 2022
Full Time

For more than seven decades, the U.S. National Science Foundation has been at the forefront of the research, innovation and education that has transformed American lives, powered the economy, and elevated the nation's competitiveness on the global stage. NSF investments have given the world Doppler radar, bar codes, the modern internet, web browsers, magnetic resonance imaging, laser eye surgery, DNA analysis and synthetic biology.

But imagine what would be possible if we could speed the development and deployment of the next generation of these technological marvels with an eye toward addressing the foremost challenges that society and the economy face today.

Enter "TIP," Technology, Innovation and Partnerships - a new NSF directorate that creates breakthrough technologies; meets societal and economic needs; leads to new, high-wage jobs; and empowers all Americans to participate in the U.S. research and innovation enterprise. TIP is a unique opportunity that engages the nation's diverse talent in strengthening and scaling the use-inspired and translational research that will drive tomorrow's technologies and solutions.

As the Division's chief operations expert, the incumbent reports to the Division Director and carries out operational management and administrative leadership in the Division. The incumbent is responsible to the Division Director for strategic planning with respect to Division operations and leading all business execution activities in the Division including: human resource; budget preparation, execution, and oversight; grant and contract administration; business and IT processes; and space management. Specifically, the Operations Manager:
  • Serves as a member of the division leadership team, participating in strategic planning for the organization and effectively communicating TIP policies and plans across the Division.
  • Serves as the Division's chief administrative liaison with other organizations within the agency, with other federal agencies, and with the scientific community.
  • Focuses on the alignment of Division operations (e.g., financial, human resources, contracting, program support, management analysis) with program objectives. Develops strategies for forecasting, acquiring, and allocating resources based on Division needs and partners with senior management to make decisions and implement new business processes based on new policies and procedures.
  • Identifies requirements and develops and implements effective, efficient business processes including policies, workflow, and standard operating procedures for assigned projects.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of administrative procedures, recommends changes as needed.
  • Coordinates and administers Division's human resource program and establishes and implements internal oversight and evaluation policies.
  • Collaborates with human resources specialists in finding solutions to management problems; Initiates and/or reviews confidential recommendations and supporting documentation for personnel actions.
  • Oversees and coordinates the preparation and analysis of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congressional budgets. This involves close coordination with TIP Office of the Assistant Director (OAD) staff in the development of strategic planning, budget projections, justifications, and long-range estimates.
  • Provides management and oversight of all divisional financial resource management activities.
  • Works collaboratively with other Division Operations Managers across TIP and the agency to manage cross-cutting budgetary activities and commitments. Monitors Research and Related Activities (R&RA) and Agency Operation and Award Management (AOAM) financial accounts.
  • Provides oversight for and serves as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on divisional contracts, and manages all aspects of contractual process.
  • Identifies and resolves significant and complicated problems that arise, and develops and implements new or improved policies, procedures, and guidelines to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations.
  • Oversees report server queries and other preparation done by Program Analysts within the Division. Coordinates, revises, and verifies the data pulled to ensure consistency and accuracy of the data.
  • Serves on NSF-wide working groups, such as business committees and the Administrative Management Group.
  • Provides administrative and technical direction as well as administrative supervision of administrative staff members: plans and assigns work; sets priorities, develops performance standards; evaluates performance; provides advice and counsel; interviews; candidates; recommends appointment/promotion/reassignment; addresses complaints; effects minor disciplinary actions; identifies training needs; and furthers equal employment opportunities.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

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.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


For the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in Federal service managing operational activities for an organization. Examples of specialized experience include: managing human capital resources; independently developing and formulating operational and program budgets; serving as a Contracting Officer Representative; analyzing and developing solutions to organizational issues; and providing technical oversight of staff.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the VA letter or other required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

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This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

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