Deputy Division Director, Division of Computing and Communication Foundations, CISE

Arlington, Virginia
May 31, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to August 16, 2017.

Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA late summer of 2017. NSF will begin the transition from Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station on the Yellow Line and has ample parking. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

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. Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period. Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.

This position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs.

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.

  • Background Investigation
  • Executive/Managerial


    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. 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.

    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 Qualifications (ECQs/EMs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.



    1. Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in computer and information science and engineering, the physical sciences, or other closely related field. Professional experience may include research, professional practice, teaching and/or management experience in the context of these fields/disciplines.

    2. Familiarity with Federal, academic and industrial research and education initiatives focused on state-of-the-art computer and information science and engineering, or other closely related field.

    3. Strong evidence of scholarship in areas related to computer and information science and engineering, or other closely related field, as evidenced by publications, innovative leadership in research administration, and/or professional leadership and awards in these technical areas.

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

    Security Clearance

    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    Serve as a member of the CISE Directorate’s leadership team and one of the Foundation’s spokespersons for research and education in the area of computing and communication foundations.

    The CISE Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) supports research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication devices and their usage. CCF seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithms for computer and computational sciences, and architecture and design of computers and software. CCF-supported projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas and integrate research and education activities to prepare future generations of computer science and engineering professionals. The Deputy Division Director participates with the Division Director in providing leadership and direction to the CCF Division; assists the Division Director in carrying out Division-wide responsibilities such as strategic planning and management, policy steering, recruitment of staff, budget preparation for submission to Congress, and overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations; and represents NSF to relevant external groups and fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community. The Deputy Division Director assumes the Division Director role in the absence of the Division Director.

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