Deputy Chief Officer for Research Facilities

Alexandria, Virginia
Oct 23, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


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The Deputy Chief Officer for Research Facilities, a member of the leadership team in the Office of the Director (OD), assists the Chief Officer for Research Facilities (CORF) in the formulation of the agency's goals, objectives, and priorities with respect to major facilities and mid-scale research infrastructure; works with the CORF to advise the Director on all aspects of this research infrastructure throughout its lifecycle, to include planning, development, design, construction, operations, and divestment; engages in strategic portfolio planning for research infrastructure; and implements the policies and practices necessary for success of research infrastructure in the NSF context. The Deputy CORF chairs the Major Facilities Working Group consisting of Accountable Directorate Representatives from each directorate with major research infrastructure, is a standing member of the Facilities Readiness Panel, and serves as Executive Secretary of the Facilities Governance Board. He/she isolates problems or issues in ongoing major facility construction projects and in facilities operated by the agency, serving as the Executive Secretary for the OD Watch List. The incumbent will oversee the portfolio of NSF's Mid-scale Research Infrastructure Program, including solicitation preparation, proposal review, portfolio selection, and successful execution of the program. He/she will work with the CORF to fulfill all reporting requirements to the Director, the National Science Board, Congress, and the Office of Management and Budget. The incumbent will need to consistently exercise independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires an Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure OGE278
  • US Citizenship or appropriate affidavit, depending on position

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


  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED : It is preferred that candidates have a doctorate degree in a scientific field and a minimum of 5 years of experience in the areas of program and project management.

Appointment to this position will be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits, and life insurance) are applicable.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed to this position.
You are highly encouraged to address the following professional skills within your cover letter, which will be used to evaluate your experience, education and training as related to the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position during the review process.
QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: Final ranking is based on an evaluation of experience, education, and training as they relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities specified in the following factors:
  • Education, strongly preferred at the Ph.D. level, or equivalent professional experience or combination of both in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), and demonstrated leadership experience in promoting and implementing STEM research policies in the global context.
  • Broad understanding of universities and other institutions of higher education, including large non-profit consortia, where STEM research is conducted including knowledge of project management techniques, fiscal management, and budget preparation with experience in scientific research support.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with major research instrumentation or large research facilities, including activities such as serving on review committees, overseeing resource allocation to researchers, developing instrumentation, managing research facilities, or carrying out program management and oversight of research facilities.
  • Skill in changing and balancing complex and diverse program demands and available resources in response to major advances or changing needs of science and engineering research technology.
  • Experience in working with advisory or oversight boards and panels, such as participating as a member or chair, or reporting to and managing relationships with such groups.

You must meet eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Please refer to the Qualifications section.

Additional information

If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

This job originated on Only applications submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.
According to NSF policy, an individual given a permanent appointment to an Excepted position is required to serve a trial period of one year. An exception is made if the individual: a) Is currently employed by NSF under a permanent appointment and has been continuously employed in a pay status by NSF for at least 52 weeks; or b) Has completed two years of current continuous service in a similar position(s) in an Executive agency in other than a temporary appointment limited to two years or less.


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, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Your application should contain the following information:

1. Resume or other application format of your choice.

Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.

2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of the required qualifications and professional skills should be addressed in your cover letter. Your responses should be clear and concise and show the level of responsibility and the level of accomplishment associated with your experience.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a cover letter that describes your background in terms of the professional skills associated with this position. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.

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