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Division Director, Division of Institutional and Award Support

Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency established to promote and advance scientific and engineering progress in the United States. At any one time, the Foundation has over 54,000 active grants, contracts, cooperative and other agreements representing annual obligations in excess of $7.8 billion, with active awards totaling approximately $34 billion. Each year, NSF receives more than 43,000 proposals and makes more than 11,300 new discretionary awards in diverse areas including basic and applied research in science and engineering, science and engineering education, and international activities.

The incumbent serves as Director, Division of Institutional and Award Support (DIAS), in the Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA), NSF. Under the leadership of the incumbent, DIAS provides oversight and management of NSF's financial assistance portfolio that includes to more than 1,900 colleges and universities and other research institutions and organizations in all parts of the U.S. Division responsibilities include policy development, requirements development and management of NSF awarding systems, financial analysis, audit resolution, indirect cost rate negotiation, and post-award monitoring. The incumbent recommends policy, budgetary, and management options to the Chief Financial Officer and allocates staffing and funding resources within the Division.


Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments
  • Requires an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure OGE278
  • US Citizenship or appropriate affidavit, depending on position

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.


EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL (E/Ms): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the E/M qualifications. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible."


1. Leading Change. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results-Driven Leadership. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL (P/Ts): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the P/T qualifications. You must address each P/T qualification separately.


1. Advanced degree preferred or equivalent professional experience, or combination of education and experience demonstrating potential for successfully managing functions critical to the Division's mission, including two or more of the following areas of expertise: business/public administration, grant policy development and administration, information systems, financial management/accounting, statistics/risk analysis, or other relevant fields.

2. Substantial knowledge and skill involving policies, procedures, and issues related to grant and cooperative agreements regulations, policies, and procedures in a Federal setting, as well as audit processes and procedures related to federally sponsored projects.

3. Demonstrated ability to strengthen organizational effectiveness through the development and implementation of strategies that integrate complementary functions including policy, technology, and oversight; and demonstrated skill in: applying innovative techniques to achieve a high degree of customer service; improving processes and procedures to reduce administrative burden and strengthen stewardship; and establishing and sponsoring teams to improve Division programs and processes.

4. Demonstrated ability (1) to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) complex policy-level and technical issues and (2) to represent clearly and succinctly administrative functions of a major federal R&D agency (i.e., policy development and execution, business and information systems, pre- and post-award monitoring efforts) to diverse audiences.

• When responding to the P/T and E/M qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the E/Ms and P/Ts.
• Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial (E/M) qualifications; but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications is required.

To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications.


Please refer to the Qualifications section.

Additional information

The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions.

Relocation expenses may be paid contingent upon the availability of funds.

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. Non-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.

Only applications submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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