Interdisciplinary (Program Director)

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 15, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for an Interdisciplinary (Program Director) position in the Office of Advance Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE), Alexandria, VA.

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CISE's mission is to enable the U.S. to uphold its leadership in computing, communications, and information science and engineering; promote understanding of the principles and uses of advanced computing, communications, and information systems in service to society; support advanced cyberinfrastructure that enables and accelerates discovery and innovation across all science and engineering disciplines; and contribute to universal, transparent, and affordable participation in an information-based society.

This position is located in the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). OAC supports and coordinates the development, acquisition, and provision of state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure resources, tools, and services essential to the advancement and transformation of science and engineering. OAC also supports forward-looking research and education to expand the future capabilities of cyberinfrastructure in core areas including: advanced/high performance computing systems; data/software cyberinfrastructure systems and services; advanced/high speed networking at the campus, regional, national and international scales; cybersecurity; and learning and workforce development, which addresses key workforce issues that develop and maintain the cyberinfrastructure systems and enable researchers to use these systems effectively. By fostering a vibrant ecosystem of technologies and a skilled workforce of developers, researchers, staff and users, OAC serves the growing community of scientists and engineers, across all disciplines, whose work relies on the power of advanced computation, data-handling, and networking.

The responsibilities of the NSF program officer are guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: to enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering; to promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society; and to achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. To achieve these goals, NSF staff employ core strategies including developing intellectual capital, strengthening research infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

Specifically, we are looking for multiple candidates to fill several open Program Director positions in the following Cyberinfrastructure topic areas:
  • Networking
  • Cybersecurity


Program Planning and Management
  • Applies scientific expertise and judgement to the overall planning and strategic management of assigned research, education, and infrastructure programs and proposals and advises and assists the Office Director or Deputy Office Director, as requested, in the development of long-range plans.
    • Performs short- and long-range planning and establishes goals, objectives, plans, and funding opportunities for assigned research programs.
    • Plans the budget for assigned programs considering past, present and future fiscal years, allocates resources within that budget distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and manages post-award evaluation to ensure a diverse portfolio that contributes to OAC and NSF's Strategic goals.
    • Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration including leading working groups
  • Collaboratively oversees and manages the merit review and decision process for assigned programs and proposals.
    • Manages an effective, timely review process with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and ensuring participation by under-represented groups such as women, minorities, and scientists with disabilities.
    • Ensures integrity and consistency in the grant recommendation and declination decision process free of conflicts of interest.
    • Processes and completes award and decline actions to meet performance standards, and ensures that proposals comply with NSF policies, subject to constraints imposed when proposals are jointly funded with other agencies or directorates.
    • Develops internal review packages for higher-level CISE and NSF approval processes as appropriate.

Communication, Coordination and Liaison
  • Prepares program solicitations, annual program reports, oral presentations and other materials consistent with NSF and OAC strategic goals and that inform internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinates and liaisons within NSF, other Federal agencies and interagency working groups, and other organizations as appropriate.
  • Participates in both in-reach and outreach activities that seek to broaden the participation of underrepresented communities in OAC and NSF activities

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 Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Social sciences or Engineering, 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 Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Social sciences or Engineering, 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.


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 CISE's and OAC's mission and vision.
  • Ability to recognize and formulate programmatic plans that respond to emerging areas of research.
  • Ability to provide expertise, evaluation, and advice for other programs both within NSF and across agency, national, and sector boundaries.
  • Ability to interact effectively with members of the scientific community, representatives of other federal agencies, foreign national programs and peers to effectively present, advocate and advance program policies, plans and goals.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with representatives of other programs and agencies so as to enhance interdisciplinary research and the mission of NSF.

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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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