Program Director (Integrated Activities Section)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Sep 20, 2017
Closes
Sep 28, 2017
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

Those wishing to apply for a Permanent appointment should see job announcement EAR-2017-0006.

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 restaurants, hotels and shops.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Integrated Activities section. The integrated activities section supports integrative research that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Programs in this section provide an opportunity for collaborative, multidisciplinary research into aspects of the operation, dynamics and complexity of the Earth system from its core to the surface. The types of research supported by this section includes, but is not limited to, linkages among tectonics, climate, and landscape evolution; the coupling of Earth’s climate, depositional, and biotic systems; global cycles that involve core and mantle processes, critical zone science, and the interplay between various physical and chemical processes at active plate boundaries.

The Division of Earth Sciences supports proposals for research geared toward improving the understanding of the structure, composition, and evolution of the Earth; the life it supports; and the processes that govern the formation and behavior of the Earth's materials. The results of this research will create a better understanding of the Earth's changing environments, and the natural distribution of its mineral, water, biota, and energy resources and provide methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides. In addition, the Division administers programs in support of education and outreach as well as basic research, facilities, and a wide spectrum of other scientific activities.

More information about EAR may be found at https://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=ear

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TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Not required


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


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    Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to Earth Sciences and strong interest in fostering integrated approaches to Earth Science research in addition to six or more years of successful research experience, research administration, and/or substantial managerial experience in academe, industry, or government after award of the Ph.D.

    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. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.

    Quality Ranking Factors:

    1. Broad knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories relevant to Earth Sciences as demonstrated by publications, invited talks, and other professional activities and recognition.
    2. Research, analytical, and technical writing skills that demonstrate the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a variety of significant issues, as well as the skills to make recommendations and decisions based on findings.
    3. Ability to organize, implement, and manage an externally-reviewed, proposal-driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
    4. Strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively and productively with peers, co-workers, and management at all levels of NSF; members of the scientific community; related organizations; other federal agencies; and international programs to effectively present, advocate, and advance program policies, plans, and goals.

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