Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagements, CISE

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Full Time


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The Senior Advisor for Strategic Engagements, a member of the CISE leadership team, assists the CISE Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director in the formulation of the directorate's goals, objectives, and priorities; the integration of scientific and technical priorities into effective policies, strategies, and programs; and the conduct of program planning, implementation, and evaluation, all in the context of strategic engagements with external partners at other agencies and in other sectors. A critical objective for the incumbent will be to continue and grow engagement with other organizations, i.e., with other federal agencies, industry, nonprofits/foundations, and international funders, to advance CISE's research, education, and research infrastructure portfolios, consistent with NSF's policies and practices. The incumbent will perform these duties across all CISE programs, often in collaboration with other NSF directorates and offices.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background Investigation

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation


Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in computer and information sciences and engineering or a related scientific or engineering field.

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.

The position may also be filled on a Temporary or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: You are highly encouraged to address the following professional skills within your cover letter, which will be used during the review process to evaluate your experience and education as related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities desired for this position:
  • Broad knowledge of current capabilities and initiatives focused on computer and information science and engineering research, education, and research infrastructure;
  • Demonstrated leadership in multidisciplinary or cross-sector initiatives advancing or leveraging computing research, education, and research infrastructure;
  • Broad understanding of other sectors, such as industry and nonprofits/foundations, where research and education in science and engineering is supported or conducted, or where access to infrastructure is enabled, along with associated opportunities for strategic engagements with the U.S. Government; and
  • In-depth working knowledge of the science and technology policy processes of the U.S. Government, including a broad perspective of federal budgets, initiatives, and practices.

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

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


Additional information

This announcement is open to All US Citizens who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.


You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

This job originated on . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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 agreements is voluntary.

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, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

1. Resume or other application format of your choice. Your application should contain the following information: Announcement number and your country of citizenship (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. 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.)

Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.

2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of the required qualifications and professional skills should be addressed in your cover letter. Your responses should be clear and concise and show the level of responsibility and the level of accomplishment associated with your experience.

3. NSF Form 1232, Applicant Survey. We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form . 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 are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a cover letter that describes your background in terms of the professional skills associated with this position. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

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

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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