Science Analyst (Science Education Analyst)

Alexandria, Virginia
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Full Time

The Division of Graduate Education (DGE) manages a range of novel, innovative grant programs that constitute a comprehensive approach to supporting graduate students and graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. The Division's programs advance science and engineering research, broaden participation to promote excellence in research and build the next generation STEM workforce.

This position is responsible for a wide spectrum of duties in support of the Division's mission including scientific and technical support for reports, analyses and presentations regarding the research portfolio of the Division to aid in portfolio assessment and inform decisions made by Division management regarding technical directions of its research and related activities. These activities will involve day-to-day interactions with the staff throughout the Division, Directorate, other Directorates, and with other Federal Government research organizations and coordinating groups. The incumbent is expected to make judgments that demonstrate comprehension of science and mathematics education, as well as to show professional initiative in leveraging knowledge to enhance collaboration, partnerships and other activities. The incumbent will report to the Division Director and will primarily provide support for activities and programs within the Division.


Major duties for the Science Analyst include, but are not limited to the following:
  • As required, conducts the necessary research to develop one-of-a-kind reports, studies, and analyses on scientific topics supported by the Division. Access to information and data from a wide variety of sources may be required and these data may be confidential, proprietary, and/or pre-decisional in nature. The ability to synthesize disparate information into coherent work products is essential. An advanced technical understanding of one or more of science and education disciplines is often required to complete the work products.
  • As requested, assists in the creation of presentations, including talking points, speeches or presentation slides. An advanced technical understanding of one or more science and education disciplines will be required in order to identify pertinent data, judge its relevance and validity, and make critical assessments on programmatic and policy implications for consideration by the Division Director, Deputy Division Director, or Program Directors within the Division.
  • Utilize the Foundation's computer information systems and the Division's program monitoring systems in extracting and analyzing technical data to develop reports.
  • Perform literature analysis and summarize findings of prior impact (scientific and technical, economic, or societal) of the Division's portfolio. Work to compile and present information on program portfolios and outcomes that inform expert assessment of the Division's program investments. On behalf of the Division, participate in other NSF and interagency activities related to assessment and evaluation or programs in science and education research. This responsibility includes liaisons with, and contributions to, budgetary and reporting groups, as well as other Federal R&D agencies. This includes sharing best practices on assessment and evaluation results and maintaining awareness of related NSF activities, notably COV processes, statistical reporting, and program activities in science, engineering and technology policy.
  • Serve as a point of contact for research result highlight development for the Division. Coordinate the development and submission of research highlights for all programs managed within the Division. Work with the Division Director and Deputy Division Director on approval of the Division's highlights. An understanding of the breadth of the education research programs supported by the Division is required. An ability to take scientific concepts and make them understandable to a wide audience is also required.
  • Support and provide outreach activities for the Division, particularly to those programs at the intersections to the Division's research portfolio.
  • Assists the Division Director and Deputy Division Director in the oversight of the Committee of Visitors processes, providing guidance to the Division and programs on results-oriented activities.
  • Attends and provides input to the division and directorate-wide meetings with staff in similar positions.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of business processes and procedures to recommend improvements using data and software automation tools.
  • Draws on knowledge of program portfolios and results to assist in the merit review and award oversight processes, as appropriate, particularly for the Division's multidisciplinary activities.
  • Serves at the Division's interface to OAD/OLPA public relations and press-related activities concerning the Division's programs.


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.

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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 STEM or STEM Education field; OR a Master's degree in a STEM or STEM Education field plus after award of the degree, two or more years of experience and in-depth knowledge in STEM higher education

In-depth knowledge includes basic STEM or STEM education research or science policy with the ability to gather, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize technical and scientific information and data for reports, correspondence, procedural documents, publications, and presentations.

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.

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