Interdisciplinary (Ocean Policy Specialist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Jun 23, 2019
Closes
Jun 30, 2019
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for an Interdisciplinary (Ocean Policy Specialist) position in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Alexandria, VA.

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For more information on OCE please click here .

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Responsibilities

The Ocean Policy Specialist supports achieving the goals and core strategies of NSF's Strategic Plan, as well as those of the OCE within GEO. 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 employs include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

The Ocean Policy Specialist provides ocean* policy governance, and operational support to OCE, interagency committees within the Executive Office of the President, and community advisory entities. Ideally, the Ocean Policy Specialist will have knowledge of ocean or ocean-related science and technology fields and issues; understanding of ocean or ocean-related science and technology policy governance; experience with ocean or ocean-related policy analysis, development, and/or implementation; familiarity with the interplay between science and policy and the ability to communicate across thee areas; exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to coordinate and track multiple, simultaneous activities; and skill in technical writing.

(*"Ocean" covers ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes)

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Ocean Policy Specialist is responsible for assisting with development of policy positions and recommendations and preparation and analysis of policy related documents, supporting interagency committees and advisory entities, contributing to ocean science and technology aspects of ocean policy implementation, and providing general support for OCE in managing coordinating or responding to ocean policy governance or related activities.

PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT SUPPORT
  • Promotes a healthy balance of support across the needs of the research and education enterprise through program, division, directorate, Foundation or interagency activities.
  • Provides policy and governance input for other programs in NSF, including international and cross-directorate programs as assigned.

REPRESENTATION AND COMMUNICATION
  • Supports high-level ocean science and technology interagency committees and community advisory entities, including but not limited to:
    • Coordinates committee leadership and membership meetings, including but not limited to record keeping and scheduling.
    • Contributes to and assists in planning for and ensuring efficient and effective progress toward the committee's strategic direction.
    • Provides recommendations to committee staff and leadership on accomplishing short and long-range goals and guiding decision-making.
    • Tracks and assists with completion of committee actions, including mandates from Administration policy and Congressional statue.
    • Assists with committee special projects, including but not limited to researching and analyzing issues.
    • Assists with preparation of reports, policy documents, memos, and publications for committee deliberation and action, including but not limited to researching and analyzing issues.
    • Vets presentations and reports to the committee staff and leadership and full committee.
    • Assists with communication and connectivity between the committee, its sub-bodies, and other committees, including but not limited to serving as a committee liaison depending on level of experience and areas expertise.
    • Assists with tracking and implementing national-level ocean policy actions.
  • Supports NSF leadership on ocean policy and governance matters, including but not limited to:
    • Assists with developing policy options, recommendations, and NSF positions on interagency ocean science and technology policy and governance issues, including but not limited to conducting research and analysis.
    • Assists with preparing NSF leadership for engaging in high-level interagency and Executive Office of the President forums, including but not limited to researching and coordinating multiple sources of input.
  • Assists with NSF representation on interagency entities.
  • Assists with NSF planning, research, and analysis of documents and activities related to ocean policy and governance, including but not limited to developing and providing input on deliberative materials, and takes the lead when assigned.
  • Contributes to ocean science and technology aspects of interagency ocean policy and governance planning and implementation.
  • Supports interagency ocean policy, governance, or related projects.
  • Pursues affirmative action and EEO goals.
  • Participates in meetings relevant to program area.
  • Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents.


Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
02

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a biological science, physical science, or a related science discipline; OR a Master's degree in a biological science, physical science, or a related science discipline plus, after award of the Master's degree, two or more years of successful research, research administration, program or policy analysis, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Bachelor's degree in a biological science, physical science, or a related science discipline plus, after award of the Bachelor's degree, four or more years of successful research, research administration, program or policy analysis, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

Advanced degrees in policy specific to ocean or ocean-related disciplines will be evaluated and may be considered as a related discipline.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Education

Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds

This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

Federal Appropriations Law requires that Non-Citizens meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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. In some cases, additional assessment processes may also be used.

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
  • Knowledge of ocean or ocean-related science and technology research, fields, and issues.
  • Knowledge of science or environmental policy and/or governance. Please specify any knowledge related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes topics.
  • Experience researching, analyzing, developing, and/or implementing science or environmental policies and/or governance. Please specify any experience related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes topics.
  • Ability to organize across and coordinate multiple, simultaneous activities, maintain records, and track details. Please specify any experience related to supporting and managing committees, panels, or similar entities.
  • Skill in research, policy, analytical, and/or technical writing. Please specify types of documents and audiences and any writing related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes topics.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    All applicants must submit a resume in any format, and may also submit a cover letter.

    In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.

    You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

    We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

    You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to adsearch@nsf.gov ; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.

    Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

    All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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