Chief Officer for Research Facilities

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Nov 21, 2020
Closes
Nov 29, 2020
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 70 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

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Responsibilities

Within guidelines established by the Director of the National Science Foundation, establishes policies and provides strategic advice to NSF leadership with a broad policy-level advice, assistance and support on a wide range of scientific and policy matters relevant to the mission of the Foundation in the content of global science leadership, partnerships, and opportunities. The incumbent serves as the Chief Officer for Research Facilities in the Office of the Director. The incumbent must possess a strong record of accomplishment managing major facilities programs and significant experience communicating the goals and programmatic objectives of the Foundation. The incumbent serves as a senior-level resource to the Director and Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer in agency matters, particularly those associated with major and mid-scale research infrastructure and related policy issues. The incumbent serves as the "senior agency official whose responsibility is oversight of the development, construction, and operations of major multi-user research facilities across the Foundation," mandated by Section 110(a)(2)(H) of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, Public Law 114-329.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
00 - All new SES members serve a one-year probationary period

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments.
  • Requires an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE-278).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.

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

Qualifications

EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL (E/Ms): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the E/Ms. If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible."

Essential

1. Leading Change. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results-Driven Leadership. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL (P/Ts): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the P/T qualifications. You must address each P/T qualification separately.

Essential
  • Education, strongly preferred at the Ph.D. level, or equivalent professional experience or combination of both in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), and demonstrated leadership experience in promoting and implementing STEM research or education policies in the global context.
  • Broad understanding of universities and other academic institutions of higher education where STEM research and/or education research is conducted including knowledge of grants and contracts, fiscal management, and budget preparation with experience in scientific research support.
  • Demonstrating experiencing in working with major research instrumentation or large research facilities, including activities such as advisory or review commitees, time allocation to researchers, instrument development, or facility management.
  • Skill in changing and balancing complex and diverse program demands and available resources in response to major advances or changing needs of science and engineering research technology and demonstrated ability to exercise sound professional judgement that build on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in several disciplines to develop solutions to important crosscutting global research and education problems.

  • When responding to the P/T and E/M qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the E/Ms and P/Ts.

    Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

    Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial (E/M) Qualifications (ECQs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical (P/T) Qualifications is required.

    To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualification (ECQs) statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications .

    ( http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ )

    Security Clearance: Top Secret - Background Investigation

    Education

    Additional information

    The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website .

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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the qualification requirements. Eligible applicants will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel according to the criteria based on the qualification requirements. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Essential Executive/Managerial (E/M) Core qualifications, the Essential Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

    Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers.

    Educational information, including the name, city and state of your colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received.

    Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:
    • Job title (include series and grade, if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

    2. P/T Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the professional/technical qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each P/T qualification will not be considered.

    3. E/M Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual E/M. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligible, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each E/M qualification will not be considered.

    4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their Qualification Review Board (QRB) certificate.

    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.

    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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