Arlington County, Virginia
Jul 19, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Analyst, Research
Full Time

About the Agency

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, Virginia. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, Virginia to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 23314. The new location is adjacent to Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station on the Yellow Line, and has 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 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 upon availability of funds.




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, non-profit or 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 Executive Qualifications.

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1. Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields, STEM education, or STEM research and education administration.

2. Broad understanding of grant and contract administration, fiscal management, and budget preparation with experience in scientific research support and infrastructure acquisition or development.

3. Demonstrated experience in building capacity in research and education, promoting global competitiveness, and/or expanding economic growth

4. Broad understanding of the U.S. academic environment, including linkages to other public and private sector efforts related to capacity building, competitiveness, and economic development, including familiarity with federal science and engineering initiatives.

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The Section Head for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program serves as a member of the leadership team in the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA). OIA works across disciplinary boundaries to lead and coordinate strategic programs and opportunities that: advance research excellence and innovation; develop human and infrastructure capacity critical to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise and promote global engagement of scientists and engineers at all career stages. The mission of the EPSCoR is to advance excellence in science and engineering research and education in order to achieve sustainable increases in research, education, and training capacity and competitiveness that will enable jurisdictions to have increased engagement in areas supported by the NSF. EPSCoR goals are: a) to provide strategic programs and opportunities for participants that stimulate sustainable improvements in their R&D capacity and competitiveness; and b) to advance science and engineering capabilities in EPSCoR jurisdictions for discovery, innovation and overall knowledge-based prosperity.

The Section Head provides leadership in managing the development of budget proposals and justifications for consideration in annual budgets and participates in policy development and strategic planning activities. The incumbent is responsible for directing all aspects of the EPSCoR program and for its day-to-day operations. This includes developing and implementing an organizational vision that integrates key national and Foundation goals; providing broad policy, management and scientific expertise in directing, coordinating and representing EPSCoR’s efforts to broaden participation in the Foundation’s research and education programs; and serving as a senior spokesperson for the Foundations’ state science and technology development initiatives. The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to staff members in the EPSCoR program. Fosters partnerships with other NSF organizations and Federal agencies with EPSCoR-like programs. The Section Head participates with the Head of OIA in the planning, implementation, and coordination of OIA programs and operations and with other senior managers.

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