Science Education Administrator (Program Director)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 05, 2023
Full Time

The Program Director(s) will have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility to advance innovative research and development on equity and inclusion in STEM informal and or preK-12 learning environments. The Program Director(s) will bring expertise in the perspectives and contributions of individuals and communities that have historically and continue to be excluded, underserved, and or underrepresented in STEM. The Program Director(s) will help ensure that DRL funded projects are innovative, rigorous and at the forefront of research on equity in STEM.

The Program Director(s) will work on one or more programs in DRL including but not limited to the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), Computer Science for All (CS for All), Discovery Research preK-12 (DRK-12), EDU Core Research, and Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) programs. The Program Director(s) will also work on the Racial Equity Program and may work on the Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative. The responsibilities of an NSF Program Director include long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, post award management, outreach and engagement with external communities and stakeholders, coordination, and liaison with other programs in NSF other Federal agencies and organizations.


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation may be required.
  • 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 ( Foreign Talent Definitions ). 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.

Applicant may be required to complete a background security investigation before being appointed into this position.

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 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. or Ed.D. in a STEM related field or STEM Education, plus after award of the Ph.D. or Ed.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. You must identify the date that your degree was obtained.

Candidates should have research or development experience, in formal and/or informal settings. Successful candidates will have research and development expertise in equity and inclusion in STEM education and learning.

Individuals from populations who have been historically and continue to be excluded, underserved, and or underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply

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 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.

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