Support Services Supervisor, GS-0342-15 NF (Temporary Promotion or Detail Only) (Branch Chief)

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Full Time


This position is in the Facilities Operations Branch (FOB) of the Division of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM). The Branch is responsible for providing a wide variety of administrative support services to the Foundation employees and for the application of rapidly advancing technologies to existing systems and services .

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Under the guidance of the Deputy Division Director, the incumbent is responsible for managing the activities of three sections: the Facilities Management Section, the Security and Emergency Management Section, and the Property and Records Section. Specificially:
  • Supervise four Federal employees (three GS 14 section leads and a GS 9 administrative analyst) and provide oversight to overall branch operations.
  • Responsible for managing the agency's physical security operations, implementing approved facility security enhancements, installations and upgrades, and maintaining cognizance of the overall agency security posture. Manages the Facility Emergency Response Team (FERT) and may serve as Incident Commander during incidents. The incumbent studies program operations, provides administrative decisions, and determines the need for new program requirements, or new or improved guidance and policies for physical security, visitor management, and ID card operations in the form of standard operating procedures or formal bulletins. May represent the agency at Interagency Security Council meetings and events.
  • Responsible for managing the agency's facility, working with both building management representation and the General Services Administration leaseholder to address NSF needs and concerns. Provides recommendations and oversight for all building renovation, construction, and repair activities. Responsible for workspace management policy development and implementation
  • Responsible for managing agency internal personal property and equipment programs, agency fleet reporting and support to agency external property management. Coordinates with agency property management specialists and property custodians to accomplish annual inventory and reporting activities.
  • Provide upper management with normal business reports, ad-hoc report requests, and emerging trends regarding the branch functional areas.
  • Develop metrics to assess program performance, develop other criteria to evaluate and measure effectiveness of program activities, and recommend improvements to Branch planning processes, performance and organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training to find ways to improve production or increase the quality branch functional area services.
  • Responsible for overseeing or preparing specifications and provisions for major contracts worth several million dollars over their lifetimes for branch functional areas.

  • Property and Space Management
  • Project Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Leadership
  • Communication

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

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 is a non-bargaining unit position.


To qualify at the GS-15 level, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service or laterally perform at the GS-15 level. Examples of specialized experience include collecting and analyzing data, evaluating program activities, interpreting procurement and budget policies, understanding of basic contract administration, and the management of and coordination of logistical requirements associated with facilities, security and property management; capable of managing team or individual efforts in any of the branch functional domains; and developing plans for acquisition of resources and services related to branch operations.



Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

* Applicants must obtain their supervisor's approval to apply for any detail opportunity. * Any candidate selected for a detail will remain at his/her current grade and rate of pay. * This detail/temporary promotion is for a period of (120-days) and may be extended up to (one year) without further competition. * The detail/temporary promotion may be terminated at any time during this period. * Upon conclusion of the detail/temporary promotion, you will be returned to your former office and position/grade.

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

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.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

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

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.

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

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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