Interdisciplinary (Supervisory Program Director)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jun 25, 2022
Jul 04, 2022
Full Time

The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. The Program Director 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.

This position is located within the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). NCSES has as its prime objective the development of factual and analytical information on the science and engineering (S&E) enterprise and is the principal source within the Federal Government for statistics related to these resources. The Program Director is responsible for directing all activities of the program and is recognized as the senior expert on the operations and logistics of the program's statistics and analysis. The role requires expertise in survey development and administration, data collection, and analysis. Work is accomplished through a combination of in-house staff resources and contractual arrangements

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Program Director plans, administers, and evaluates the overall program.
  • The Program Director is accountable for all aspects of work conducted by the program; all analytical projects developed and written by the program staff.
  • Direct the program staff's work and activities in support of data collection, innovation, processing, and analysis of NCSES surveys. Individual cycles of each of the NCSES surveys typically extend over a period of 2-4 years, overlapping with previous and subsequent cycles of the same survey as well as cycles of other surveys in NCSES.
  • Review staff activities and work products to ensure that data concepts, definitions, taxonomies, etc., are consistent across NCSES surveys and related analyses.
  • Direct staff in an ongoing program of evaluating and interpreting the information collected by NCSES. Of special concern are issues of accuracy, timeliness, and reliability of the information produced. Develop and maintain time schedules and project management systems and information for statistical and methodological aspects of surveys as well as analytical and research projects.
  • Represent NCSES at meetings and conferences, and frequently represents the Foundation in both inside and outside contacts concerned with NCSES. Contacts with high level staff or representatives from within the Foundation and with industrial and academic officials, the media, Federal agency officials, Congressional staff, and the public, often are for providing information. Provide authoritative guidance on the use of the data and advise the recipient on its strengths and correct interpretation.
  • Optimize the use of program staff and financial resources; monitor and allocate resources so that staff can develop and maintain appropriate skills to carry out the work of the program; monitor the program's contracts and grants

  • Represent the Program, Division and Foundation within the scientific community, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
  • 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, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
  • Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals.
  • Pursue and/or be responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
  • Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission. Develop policies and plans for strengthening research and education programs. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
  • Prepare and disseminate a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF's goals, trends and opportunities papers and budget plans.

  • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
  • Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

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

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

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

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This position is in the bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 3403.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Mathematics, or a Social Science, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master's degree in Statistics, Mathematics, or a Social Science, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds

This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens 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.

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

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.

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