Social Scientist (Program Director)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Jun 08, 2021
Closes
Jun 12, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for a Social Scientist (Program Director) position in the Build and Broaden Program for the Office of the Assistant Director within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), Alexandria, VA

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Responsibilities

The SBE Directorate supports research, education, and infrastructure in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, primarily through grants to investigators at universities and other institutions. SBE research produces substantial advances in our understanding of human and social development, behavior, and organizations. These advances span all areas of the social and behavioral sciences. SBE also supports collections of significant national data infrastructure, including the National Center of Science and Engineering Statistics, the General Social Survey, the American National Election Studies, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Collectively, this research fuels economic growth, improves national security, increases organizational capacity, and empowers individuals.

SBE recently established its Build and Broaden program to enhance participation of MSIs and partnerships with MSIs. This program compliments the suite of activities in SBE that share broadening participation goals and reflects administration priorities, the National Science Board's 2030 vision, as well as agency priority goals. The Broadening Participation position description evolves out of recognition of the growing need for focused management of SBE's activities and investments in this domain.

SBE's Broadening Participation program director places a high priority on broadening participation. In managing SBE's activities focused on broadening participation, the program director actively encourages participation by junior faculty, women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and proposals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Research Undergraduate Institutions (RU1s), and EPSCoR states.

Major Duties:

Program Planning and Management
  • Maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise through existing programs, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
  • Manage program resources to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to ensure integrity and consistency in the Merit Review process without conflict of interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.
  • Manage an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, underrepresented minorities, and disabled scientists.
  • Provide scientific expertise, evaluation, and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs.
  • Advise and assist in the development of short- and long-range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs. Plan the budget for the program/programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocate resources within that budget distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manage post-award evaluation.
  • Control waste, fraud, and abuse.

Representation, Communication & Leadership
  • Represent the Program, Division and Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
  • Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
  • Participate in staff, panel, committee, and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
  • Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals.
  • Pursue and/or be responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
  • Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission. Develop policies and plans for strengthening research and education programs. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
  • Prepare and disseminate a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF's goals, trends, and budget plans.

Professional Development
  • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
  • Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.


Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
04

Requirements

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. 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

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 Social, Behavioral, or Economic Science, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

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 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
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission.
  • Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination management process.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skill necessary to work effectively with NSF senior staff, high ranking officials of other federal agencies, Congressional staff, and domestic or international organizations.
  • Demonstrated administrative, technical, and managerial ability to prioritize, organize, balance, and coordinate a shifting portfolio of activity and to plan and execute budgets.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with representatives of other programs and agencies so as to enhance interdisciplinary research and NSF's priority goal of broadening participation.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    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. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. 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 rotator@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 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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