Science Education Administrator (Program Director)

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 08, 2017
Sep 08, 2017
Full Time

Those wishing to apply for a Fed-Temp appointment should see job announcement DGE-2017-0004.

The Division of Graduate Education (DGE) announces a Nationwide search for a Program Director at the National Science Foundation with expertise in research, research administration, and/or graduate education administration experience. Also desirable are candidates who are highly knowledgeable in the field of graduate education, participate actively in the science and engineering community, have strong teamwork and collaborative skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and are effective spokespersons in the science and engineering community.

The programs in DGE promote the early career development of scientists and engineers by providing fellowships, scholarships and traineeships for graduate study; the division also supports research on STEM workforce development and innovative methods for graduate education. All programs encourage the integration of research and education and seek to ensure a steady flow of diverse, high-ability graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the nation.

More information about DGE programs can be found at their website


NSF is relocation to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA 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 resturants, hotels and shops.

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Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes Relocation expenses will be paid.

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    Candidates must have a Ph.D. or Ed.D. or equivalent experience in science, engineering or related fields plus, after award of the doctorate, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or graduate education administration experience.

    This position is outside the competitive civil service.

    If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

    Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

    The Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.


    1. Demonstrated experience in teaching science, mathematics, or engineering at the college or university level.

    2. Demonstrated experience in the policy issues and administrative aspects of U.S. STEM graduate education.

    3. Ability to design, plan coordinate and manage a complex portfolio and program deliverables to achieve organizational objectives, including research and development that contributes to broadening participation in STEM.

    4. Ability to manage an externally-reviewed proposal-driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.

    5. Research, analytical, presentation, and technical writing skills that evidence the ability to communicate effectively with representatives from the STEM graduate education community to develop and advocate programs, policies, and plans.

    6. Ability to interact, on peer basis, with senior scientific and managerial personnel throughout NSF, other governmental agencies, academia, non-profits, and private sector.
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