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Division Director, Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM (IPA)

Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Jun 2, 2023

Serves as Division Director of the Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM and as a member of the leadership team of the Directorate for STEM Education. As part of EDU senior leadership, shares responsibility for developing programmatic focus of the Directorate and efficiently connecting this with the operational functions of the agency. The mission of EDU is to provide the research and development foundation to develop a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce ready to advance the frontiers of science and engineering for society, and a STEM-literate public. EES serves as a focal point for NSF's agency-wide commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of STEM education and research through broadening participation of historically underrepresented groups - minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Priority is placed by the division on investments that promise innovation and transformative strategies for broadening participation in STEM; foster basic and applied research regarding broadening participation; and focus on creating and testing models that ensure the full participation of and provide opportunities for the educators, researchers and institutions dedicated to serving these populations. EES programs that address these investment priorities include the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic and Science Careers (ADVANCE), Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology, EDU Core Research, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Education Program, Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, and the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program. EES also administers the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching programs on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and supports NSF's 10 Big Ideas.

The Division Director has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources, and for building teams and coalitions to meet organizational goals and objectives. This includes leading the activities of the Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM, assessing the needs and trends in the field, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and setting policy. The Division Director will supervise and provide leadership and guidance to senior executive level EES staff, program officers, administrative and support personnel. Additional responsibilities include overseeing the management of the EES funding portfolio, determining funding requirements, preparing and justifying budget estimates, balancing program needs, allocating resources, overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and representing NSF to relevant external groups. Additionally, the EES Division Director fosters partnerships with other NSF divisions, directorates, Federal agencies, scientific and educational organizations, business, industry, and the academic community to advance the mission of EDU.


Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • Requires an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure OGE-278

  • Qualifications

    The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research, administration, and increasing leadership responsibility in academe, industry or government. Additionally, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial and administrative management. The incumbent must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and be committed to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of the team.

    In addition, the ideal candidate would possess:

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Results-Driven Leadership. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQs)

    1. Ph.D./Ed.D. or a combination of education and equivalent professional experience, in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), including the social, behavioral and economic science, or STEM education, is preferred.

    2. Recognized professional standing in STEM education, STEM, and/or Broadening Participation communities, as evidenced by a sustained record of research and professional leadership activities, focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.

    3. Demonstrated knowledge of universities and other academic institutions of higher education, including two- and four-year colleges and universities, graduate or professional education institutions, STEM industry or workplaces, or education organizations where STEM research or education research is conducted.

    4. Knowledge of education policy issues at the Federal and/or state level and knowledge of trends, issues, current research and evidence-based practices in broadening participation in STEM.

    5. Skill in building on and growing the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in multiple disciplines to develop and implement approaches and programs that address important crosscutting challenges in broadening participation in STEM.


    Please refer to the Qualifications section.

    Additional information

    The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option:

    Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement.

    Salary: The salary noted above is based on the rate of pay for Federal Division Directors. The IPA assignment salary is based on the current salary at the IPA's home institution.

    This is a rotator position.

    NSF offers a chance for scientists, engineers, and educators to join us as temporary detailees - called rotators. As a rotator, you will be in a prime position to collaborate with others and increase your visibility as you survey the entire breadth of U.S. and international science, engineering, and education in real time. In addition, as a temporary detailee, you can retain your ties to your current institution and return to it with new insights and experience for your team.
    Learn more about rotator programs at NSF

    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

    Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to 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 eligible. 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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