Integrative Activities Specialist, GS-0301-11/12 NF

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 16, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


The position serves as an Integrative Activities Specialist within the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

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As an Integrative Activities Specialist, within the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), you primarily gather information, identify, and analyze issues and develop recommendations to resolve substantive problems of effectiveness and efficiency of program operations. Specifically, you will:
  • Work closely with Office management in the formulation, review, evaluation, and modification of plans and policies related to assigned programs.
  • Develop and recommend revisions and clarifications of associated guidelines, procedures, and criteria.
  • Participate with Office management in the planning and development of objectives and a calendar of thematic initiatives.
  • Collect pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources within and outside NSF.
  • Lead administrative effort to build Director's Review Board and National Science Board packages in accordance with the current policies and timelines.
  • Lead OAC interagency agreement process; ensures interagency agreements are accurate, in accordance with the current policies and processed timely.
  • Applies, adapts or creates complex analytical techniques to discern patterns and trends in the data and information and to arrive at reasoned conclusions.
  • Initiate, design, and execute management studies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross-cutting programs and activities.
  • Deliver finished written reports and oral presentations on the results of, and the analytical techniques used, in accomplishing the program administration work.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships to exchange information and coordinate activities with all levels of management and staff within the Foundation, with the scientific community, professional organizations and institutions, and other governmental agencies on a variety of program issues such as project collaborations, joint funding and joint planning.
  • Provide leadership and expertise in organizing and planning workshops, conferences, and seminars, administrative functions in support of assigned projects. Projects may involve administrative program reviews, crosscutting administrative activities, and organizational studies related to Clusters, reorganizations, resources utilization, etc., to determine appropriateness or make recommendations impacting on the efficiency of operations.
  • Applies analytical techniques and information management skills to capture, assemble and disseminate data about assigned projects. In the performance of work assignments, the incumbent conducts analyses, prepares evaluations, coordinates activities, and provides advice to management.
  • Lead administrative effort to build Director's Review Board and National Science Board packages in accordance with the current policies and timelines.
  • Lead OAC interagency agreement process; ensures interagency agreements are accurate, in accordance with the current policies and processed timely.

  • Analytical Skills
  • Program Operation
  • Oral/Written Communication
  • Teamwork/Collaboration

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 and any external assessment that is included.

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 GS-11, you need to have one of the following: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9 level in the Federal Service. Examples include: experience developing tracking & reporting systems to monitor crosscutting programs; analyzing & evaluating data and preparing and presenting program data to management; conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis to analyze work methods; recommending solutions to administrative problems and issues; and communicating detailed procedural information for program support. OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR A combination of graduate level education beyond the first two years of progressively higher graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position.

To qualify at GS-12, you need to have the following: At least one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to GS-11 level in the Federal Service. In addition, to the specialized experience noted at the GS-11 level, experience at this level includes: providing senior-level administrative program support to guide cross-directorate activities; training staff at all levels; providing leadership & expertise in organizing & planning workshops, conferences, and seminars; and arranging for appropriate guest speakers and making presentations.


Education may be substituted for experience as described in "Qualifications" at the GS11 level. However, there is no substitution of education at the GS-12 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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