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Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

The mission of the RISE is to support novel, complex, or partnership projects in both research and education. These investments cut across traditional boundaries within the geosciences, encouraging interdisciplinary activities and responding directly to critical needs of the entire geoscience community. RISE's principal goals are to develop innovative means to initiate and support geoscience education, attract underrepresented groups to careers in the geosciences, foster the interchange of scientific information nationally and internationally, and join with other parts of NSF in major integrative research and education efforts. The division makes strategic investments in multidisciplinary research areas, international activities, as well as education, diversity, and human resource development activities. The results of RISE investments will ensure that the United States has a well-educated and diverse workforce in the geosciences and in related technical fields such as resource exploration.

The Deputy Division Director partners with the Division Director in the management of division activities and in providing broad scientific expertise across RISE programs. Responsibilities include: assistance in program planning and direction; participation in budget preparation and defense; provision of scientific expertise across the range of division activities; representation of the division's programs and interest to senior officials in the government, academic and industrial sectors; coordination of division activities with other NSF organizations; assisting the Division Director, Assistant Director, and Deputy Assistant Director on policy and technical level issues, initiatives, and other matters pertaining to RISE investments. In the absence of the Division Director the Deputy assumes the responsibilities of that position, coordinating activities with the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director.

The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research administration as well as leadership responsibility in academe, industry, or government. In addition to having a strong record of professional accomplishments, the successful candidate must be experienced and competent in technical, financial, and administrative management. The successful candidate must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and act as a mentor to continuously develop the diversity of talent and skills of colleagues at all levels.


Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:
  • One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments
  • Requires an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure OGE-278
  • US Citizenship or appropriate affidavit, depending on position

  • Qualifications

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): 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 ECQs. 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 ECQ 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 ECQ 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 ECQ 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.

    MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the MTQs for this vacancy. You must address each MTQ qualification separately.


    1. Substantial service to the geosciences research community as evidenced by innovative leadership in research administration, broadening participation, and professional leadership and awards.

    2. Skill in balancing complex and diverse program demands and available resources to recommend the direction of research support in response to major advances or changing needs of science and engineering research and technology.

    3. Broad understanding of institutions where research is conducted, including knowledge of current research capabilities and policy issues related to the needs of the academic and industrial research communities.

    4. Skill in building on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in multiple disciplines to develop and implement programs that address important cross-cutting national challenges and scientific priorities.


    1. Education, strongly preferred at the Ph.D. level, or equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and equivalent experience in geosciences or a closely related field.

    When responding to the MTQ and ECQ 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 ECQs and MTQs.

    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 ECQs and MTQs will 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 Core Qualifications (ECQ); but a narrative statement for each of the Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQ) 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.

    The Selected Candidate may be subject to a background investigation.

    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.

    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

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

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