Program Analyst, GS-343-11 NF

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 23, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Full Time


This is a Program Analyst position within the Directorate of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SCB), Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS).

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The incumbent applies analytical techniques and information management skills to capture, assemble and disseminate data for assigned projects. The incumbent conducts analyses, prepares evaluations, coordinates activities, and provides advice to management in one or more of the following areas:

Financial Resources Management:
  • Identifies and advises supervisor of resources required to provide administrative support including funding, staff, and equipment for assigned projects.
  • Administers assigned budget operations by performing continuous analysis of organizational use of allocated funds. Analyzes and prepares financial reports of expenditures and projections.
  • Identifies and advises Division/Office Management Official(s) on financial matters
  • including establishing new accounts; funding special projects; resolving discrepancies; and handling of accounts.
  • Ensures that regulations concerning financial management are adhered to in all areas of responsibility through analysis of spending patterns, trends, and review of accounts.

Business Process Management:
  • Works collaboratively with other team members or project specialists to restructure work processes, standardize procedures, and manage changes for organizations supported.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of
  • their contributions to the accomplishment of organizational/program goals and objectives.
  • Recommends changes, as appropriate to meet short and long-term strategic plans and objectives of organizations.

Project Management:
  • Plans, develops, coordinates, organizes, implements, communicates, and tracks project plans, guidelines, budgets, procedures, and timetables including recommending changes in policy and management activities for these projects. Examples of assignments include: the impact on internal resources of newly funded program initiatives; making recommendations on the redistribution of resources due to budget cuts; and identifying external resources that may be available to support organizational programs.
  • Performs management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross directorate programs and activities.
  • Collects pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of source within and outside NSF. Applies various analytical techniques to data management
  • systems to identify patterns and trends.
  • Develops tracking and reporting systems to monitor activities to ensure that activities meet established guidelines and schedules.

  • Analytical Skills
  • Financial Resources
  • Project Management
  • Business Process Management
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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

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.

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

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 position is in the bargaining unit.


To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to project work assignments involving the effectiveness of administrative support functions and/or program operations;

OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;

OR Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree;

OR A combination of post high school education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.



Education may be substituted for experience as described in "Qualifications" at the GS-11 level.

Additional information

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
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

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 qualifying based on education, you must submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.

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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