Senior Advisor

Arlington, Virginia
Jun 29, 2017
Jul 27, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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NSF is relocating the Alexandria, Virginia. In late summer of 2017. NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, Virginia to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. 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 National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a candidate for the position of Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Arlington VA.

The mission of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in all settings (both formal and informal) in order to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators and a well-informed citizenry that have access to the ideas and tools of science and engineering. The purpose of these activities is to enhance the quality of life of all citizens and the health, prosperity, welfare and security of the nation.

To address these themes, EHR sponsors programs in the Divisions of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Undergraduate Education (DUE), Graduate Education (DGE), and Human Resources Development (HRD).


BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

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

  • Background Investigation
  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field related to STEM plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

    Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits, and life insurance) are applicable.

    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    You are highly encouraged to address the following professional skills within your cover letter, which will be used to evaluate your experience, education and training as related to the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position during the review process.

    QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: Final ranking is based on an evaluation of experience, education, and training as they relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities specified in the following factors:

    • Knowledge of STEM education research and of current and emerging trends in STEM.
    • Knowledge of STEM education policy issues at Federal and/or state level and knowledge of trends and issues in STEM.
    • Recognized professional standing in the STEM, STEM education and/or learning sciences communities, as evidenced by a sustained record of scholarship and professional, and leadership activities.
    • Demonstrated ability to anticipate, design, plan, coordinate, and manage policy-related tasks to achieve organizational objectives.
    • Ability to effectively and convincingly present and advocate policies and plans to peer groups, high-level decision making and policy groups, and Congressional staff, with major attention to STEM education research.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    This position is located in the Office of the Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The incumbent serves as a senior advisor, as a member of the EHR leadership team, provides senior level policy expertise and advice, participates in strategic planning, and represents EHR on internal and external senior level policy and planning bodies and at meetings with leadership.

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