Associate Program Officer

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 21, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
Full Time

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.

The Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) announces a Nationwide search for a Associate Program Officer 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 NSF associate program officer works with program officers or senior researchers to provide an integrated and responsible effort for a research program or an area of a research program. The goals and core strategies of NSF's Strategic Plan set the framework for all activities. The goals are: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

An associate program officer is involved in a range of activities which include, for example, long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the program or program cluster, administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, preparation of written materials describing advances in the research supported, and liaison with other NSF programs, Federal agencies and organizations.

More information about HRD programs can be found at their website.

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Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes "Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds."

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    Master’s degree with a focus on STEM, education, or administration and/or six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR Ph.D. with a focus on STEM, education, or administration and/or four or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

    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, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.

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    Quality Ranking Factors

    1. Ability to design, plan, coordinate, and manage a complex portfolio of multi-institution awards and program deliverables to achieve organizational objectives.
    2. Ability to manage an externally-reviewed proposal-driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
    3. Demonstrated knowledge of the underrepresented community and of minority-serving institutions of higher education (MSIs), and the role played by mentoring and mentors to address issues of underrepresentation.
    4. Demonstrated knowledge of broadening participation practices and research, and ability to implement programs that ensure achievement of that aim.
    5. Ability to negotiate among peers to address concerns of underrepresentation of research support, student participation, and faculty engagement in institutions of higher education and government jurisdictions, in order to achieve outcomes that will ensure program success.
    6. Demonstrated knowledge of NSF process and policies specific to merit review.

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