Deputy Division Director, Division of Engineering Education and Centers

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 07, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Division of Engineering Education and Centers (EEC) invests in the creation of 21st century engineers and the discovery of new technologies through transformational center-based research, research in engineering education and broadening participation, and research opportunities for students and teachers. As such EEC supports convergence research across all engineering disciplines organized in four clusters. These are: Centers and Networks that engage and stimulate visionary, large-scale, multidisciplinary engineering convergent research, education, and technology translation to solve engineering grand challenges and launch new industries, anchored on an effective team-approach; Engineering Education encourages educational research to create and support an innovative and inclusive technical workforce for the future; Broadening Participation in Engineering to enhanced the inclusion and participation in engineering by addressing structural inequalities and biases within educational and workforce systems; and Engineering Workforce Development supports pilot initiatives and provides meaningful research experiences that provide insights into engineering and computer science concepts, innovations, and careers.

As the Division Director for EEC, the incumbent will serve as the principal advisor to the Division Director and will participate fully with the Division Director in overall management of EEC. Responsibilities include:
  • assistance in developing overall goals and objectives and in the planning and direction of division activities;
  • participation in divisional budget preparation and justification; provision of broad scientific and engineering guidance across the division's disciplinary domain; representation of division programs and interests to senior officials in government, academia, industry and other sectors;
  • coordination of division's scientific and engineering activities within NSF and with other agencies and organizations; and,
  • assistance to the Division Director on both a policy and a scientific level on issues, initiatives, and other matters pertaining to 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. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement 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. Education strongly preferred at the Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in engineering, the physical sciences, or other closely related field or subdiscipline.

2. Substantial research contributions and strong evidence of scholarship in engineering as evidenced in publications and other professional contributions.

3. Demonstrated broad knowledge of diverse fields of engineering and their interdisciplinary impact to important cross-cutting research programs.

4. Broad understanding of universities and other institutions where research and education in engineering is conducted. Demonstrated knowledge of grant and contract administration, fiscal management, and budget preparation with experience in engineering research support.

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 who do not provide narrative statements addressing both the E/M and P/T qualifications will only be rated as ineligible.

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.

The selected candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.