Social Scientist (Senior Analyst)

Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 02, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Full Time


The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Social Scientist (Senior Analyst) position for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Alexandria, VA.

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This Senior Analyst position is located in the Office of the Division Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). The Senior Analyst reports directly to the Deputy Division Director in NCSES. NCSES has as its prime objective the development of factual and analytical information on science and engineering resources. This includes data collections, surveys, and special studies on the education of scientists and engineers, the scientific and engineering workforce, and the financial and physical resources related to the U.S. research and development enterprise. NCSES accomplishes its work using both in-house staff and contractors for data collections, surveys, methodological development, data dissemination and analytical activities. NCSES is also responsible for developing networks with agencies, officials, and researchers working on similar issues in other countries or multi-national organizations in order to obtain and exchange current, detailed, and comparable information.


Coordination of NCSES activities related to data requests, data and web analytics, and shorter analytic content; development of other content such as information graphics.

Serves as a resource to the Division Director and the Deputy Division Director on research, technical, and other matters. As well as conducts analyses and other special projects related to such matters.

Designs and prepares responses to requests for information requiring authoritative knowledge of subject matter, methodological, or statistical principles related to areas of responsibility in order to respond to questions from top management in NSF or other organizations that may have had little or no prior empirical or analytical work and coordinates with staff throughout NCSES to formulate responses.

Oversees several activities that increase the visibility, relevance, and usefulness of NCSES products within NSF, the academic community, the media, the science and engineering enterprise, federal, state, local government, and the general public.

Represents the division and NSF in areas of assigned responsibilities at professional meetings, conferences, and visits to industrial, academic, federal, or nonprofit organizations, and maintains relationships with relevant foreign and domestic organizations.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • 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 ( Foreign Talent Definitions ). 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.

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.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a social science plus after award of the degree, six or more years successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position OR a Master's degree in a social science, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience coordinating data requests and data analytics. Knowledge of the NCSES mission and responsibilities, as well as experience working in other agencies of the federal statistical system are highly desirable.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

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


Additional information

Relocation expenses MAY be paid contingent upon the availability of funds.

This announcement is open to current NSF employees who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements. Please note: NSF IPA's are not considered agency employees and are not eligible to apply.

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
  • Ability to work collaboratively with representatives from other programs and agencies in order to enhance the mission of NCSES.
  • Experience with and knowledge of activities related to data requests, data analytics, and short analytic content.
  • Experience developing information graphics
  • Experience: Knowledge of NCSES mission and responsibilities.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    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.

    You should upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to ; 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 uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

    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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