Senior Advisor for Facilities Planning and Management

Arlington, Virginia
Aug 03, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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NSF is relocating from Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin transistioning from its current location to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro station on the Yellow Line. There is ample parking in the area, and 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 Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) coordinates the investment of $1.3 billion annually for research and education projects in the mathematical and physical sciences and related areas. Through a staff of approximately 180 in five divisions and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities, it provides program support in astronomical sciences, chemistry, material sciences, mathematical sciences, and physics. MPS also oversees the management of the largest number of Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MRECFC) scale projects and major multi-user facilities, through their full life-cycle, at NSF.

The Senior Advisor for Facilities Planning and Management (SA) serves to advise the MPS Assistant Director (AD) on all aspects of major facilities planning, construction, and management of operations, as well as coordination of mid-scale activities. In doing so, he/she will be a resource for general institutional knowledge concerning NSF policy, procedures, practice, and culture. He/she will work closely with the National Science Board, the business organizations of NSF, and other science directorates. The SA also serves as a member of the MPS senior staff, providing advice to the AD and Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) and other Directorate leadership on other related issues.


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. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and professional experience in a field of science or engineering related to the NSF mission, plus, after award of the Ph.D., a minimum of 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 policy, budgeting, planning, and project management related to scientific research facilities.
    • Knowledge of the design, construction, operation, and divestment of large, complex, cutting-edge, multi-user science and engineering research facilities.
    • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and express complex issues and ideas in a clear, concise manner, both orally and in writing, along with the ability to critcally assess similar material prepared by others.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the research community and of issues affecting the successful construction and operation of research facilities.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    The Senior Advisor provides scientific and strategic analysis and program planning for all MPS scientific facilities. Provides advice to the MPS Assistant Director on all aspects of major facilities planning, construction, and management of operations, as well as coordination of mid-scale activities. Works closely with senior leaders and agency officials to plan, facilitate, evaluate, and oversee broad and complex directorate-wide activities related to major MPS scientific facilities. Oversees preparation of major facility award and decision packages to be presented to the National Science Board and internal review boards. Provides guidance to the Assistant Director on strategic assessment of projects, including readiness for Director's Review Board and the National Science Board actions, need for advisory structures, and coordination with other agencies. Works with MPS and the Office of the Director in developing processes for assessing priorities of large projects across MPS disciplines.