Interdisciplinary (Supervisory Program Director)

Alexandria, Virginia
Jan 18, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Full Time

The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. The Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF's Strategic Plan: (1) enable the United States to uphold a position of world leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics, and engineering, (2) promote the discovery, integration, dissemination, and employment of new knowledge in service to society, and (3) achieve excellence in U.S. science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education at all levels. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships.

This position is located within the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). NCSES has as its prime objective the development of factual and analytical information on the science and engineering (S&E) enterprise and is the principal source within the Federal Government for statistics related to these resources. The Program Director is responsible for directing all activities of the program and is recognized as the senior expert on the operations and logistics of the program's statistics and analysis. The role requires expertise in survey development and administration, data collection, and analysis. Work is accomplished through a combination of in-house staff resources and contractual arrangements.


  • The Program Director plans, administers, and evaluates the overall program.
  • The Program Director is responsible for all aspects of surveys, all analytical projects, all database systems and all reports, speeches, consultations, and materials developed by the program staff.
  • Oversee the overall planning, design, implementation, and analysis of the surveys and related data collection efforts.
  • Determine the kinds of information to be included in the surveys and analyses. Review staff activities and work products to ensure that data concepts, definitions, taxonomies, etc. are consistent across surveys and related analyses as well as consistent with activities carried out in other components of NCSES.
  • Direct staff in an ongoing program of evaluating, interpreting, disseminating the information collected by in-house surveys or information produced by other organizations. Of special concern are issues of accuracy, timeliness, and reliability of the information produced or disseminated.
  • Develop and maintain time schedules and project management systems and information for all surveys, analytical projects, and programs of the project. Ensure the program's data collections and analyses are scheduled in relation to the overall products and needs of NCSES.
  • Optimize the use of program staff and financial resources; monitor and allocate resources so that staff can develop and maintain appropriate skills to carry out the work of the program; monitor the program's contracts and grants.
  • Develop the scope and components of the publications and analyses of the program; perform publication and product quality reviews; and prepare program publication submissions to the NCSES publications system.

  • Represent the Program, Division and Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
  • Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
  • Participate in staff, panel, committee, and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
  • Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals.
  • Pursue and/or be responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
  • Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission. Develop policies and plans for strengthening research and education programs. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
  • Prepare and disseminate a variety of informational documents which may include data on progress being made toward NSF's goals, trends and opportunities papers, and budget plans.

  • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in Program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
  • Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.


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.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement, subject to such exceptions as required by law. This policy applies to all NSF staff, to include employees, Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignees, Visiting Scientists, Engineers, and Educators (VSEEs), as well as fellows and interns. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or on-boarding with the agency, if after November 22. Upon selection, NSF will provide additional information regarding what documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. 

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 excluded from the bargaining unit.

Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Statistics, Mathematics, or a Social Science, 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 Statistics, Mathematics, or a Social Science, 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.