Interdisciplinary (Science Advisor)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Oct 13, 2021
Closes
Oct 19, 2021
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for an Interdisciplinary (Science Advisor) position for the Office of the Division Director in 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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Responsibilities

This position is in the Office of the Division Director (ODD), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), National Science Foundation (NSF). NCSES is designated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as one of thirteen principal statistical agencies within the federal government, and has as its prime objective the development of both statistical data and analytical information on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise, including research and development; the science and engineering workforce; U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D; and the condition and progress of STEM education in the U.S.

The Science Advisor is an important member of the NCSES ODD and will directly support and advise the NCSES Director on strategic issues. The Science Advisor is cognizant of current and proposed initiatives impacting NCSES and provides advice on the implications of such on the agency's future programs. The Science Advisor takes a lead role in high-level interagency efforts, as many NCSES activities have significant interagency and international dimensions.

MAJOR DUTIES
  • Develops advice, recommendations, and analyses for the NCSES Director on issues and opportunities for NCSES.
  • Works with NCSES executives and other senior officials to facilitate the agency's interagency planning and coordination, and to develop goals, strategic plans, and short-term and long-term initiatives.
  • Leads and implements activities that increase the visibility, relevance, and usefulness of NCSES products.
  • Serves as the organizational representative on senior level policy and planning bodies.
  • Analyzes and integrates input and guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy (ICSP), the Congress, and other agencies and organizations into NCSES plans.
  • As necessary, designs, coordinates, and oversees NCSES initiatives and activities.


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 ( 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.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Social Science, Mathematics, or Statistics, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master's degree in Social Science, Mathematics, or Statistics, plus after award of the degree, eight 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 OR current NSF employees) 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
  • Knowledge of NCSES, the federal statistical system, and major policies and legislation affecting statistical agencies such as the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Act and the Federal Data Strategy.
  • Ability to provide expertise, recommendations, and advice for NCSES, other areas within NSF, and across agency, national, and sector boundaries.
  • Ability to interact effectively and work collaboratively with members of different scientific communities, representatives of other federal agencies, foreign national programs, and peers to effectively present, advocate and advance the NCSES mission.
  • The ability to distill complicated, technical information into plain English.

  • To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    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. 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 adsearch@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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