[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Administrator (Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Hydrologic Sciences (HS) Program), National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Tue May 31 11:02:04 MDT 2016


  Physical Science Administrator

      National Science Foundation

  * FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA

          Work Schedule isFull-time.- Permanent.

Opened Friday 4/22/2016

Closes Friday 6/3/2016


              Salary Range

    $108,887.00 to $169,686.00 / Per Year

              Series & Grade


              Promotion Potential


              Supervisory Status



              Who May Apply

    Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in
    Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain
    eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must
    certify eligibility by signing and attaching thisCitizenship
    their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at
    the time of application will not be considered.

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Job Overview

    Job Overview


About the Agency 

Applicants wishing to apply for an IPA, VSEE or Federal Temporary 
Appointment should see Job AnnouncementEAR-2016-0010.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of 
the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, 
theNational Science Foundation 
has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the 
frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and 
engineering education at all levels.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate 
to fill the position of Program Director in the Directorate for 
Geosciences (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Hydrologic Sciences 
(HS) Program. The HS Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the 
environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and 
energy transport function of the water cycle. The HS Program supports 
innovative research on processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration 
and streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; the flow of water in 
soils and aquifers; and the transport of suspended, dissolved, and 
colloidal components. The HS Program retains a strong focus on linking 
fluxes of water and the components carried by water across boundaries 
between various interacting facets of the terrestrial system and the 
mechanisms by which these fluxes co-organize over a variety of 
timescales and/or alter fundamentals of water cycle interactions within 
the terrestrial system. The Program is also interested in how water 
interacts with the landscape and the ecosystem as well as how the water 
cycle and its coupled processes are altered by land use and climate. 
Furthermore, the HS Program participates in the review of proposals for 
related GEO Directorate research programs, NSF wide initiatives, and 
collaborative research programs with other Federal agencies.


Duties of the Program Director are guided by the goals of NSF’s 
Strategic Plan: (1) Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering, 
(2) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs through Research and 
Education, and (3) Excel as a Federal Science Agency. The incumbent HS 
Program Director will be knowledgeable in the scientific areas covered 
by the program and will help identify emerging opportunities in the 
Geosciences. In addition, the incumbent will be required to undertake 
the design, development, analysis, documentation, management and 
implementation of programs and activities within the program and across 
disciplinary boundaries. The responsibilities of the HS Program Director 
will include long-range planning for the areas of science represented by 
the program; administration of the merit review process and proposal 
recommendations; preparation of press releases, feature articles and 
material describing advances in the research supported; and coordination 
with other NSF programs as well as those at other Federal agencies and 


The Program Director:

  * Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the
    research and education enterprise through program, division,
    directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.
  * Manages program resources to provide optimal appropriate scientific
    judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the
    grant/declination process without conflict of interests, and with
    balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and
    participation of all qualified scientists.
  * Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities into program
  * Manages an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to
    increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring
    participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists.
  * Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other
    programs in NSF, including international programs, and other
    research programs, and cross-directorate programs.
  * Advises and assists in the development of short-and-long range
    plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs.
  * Plans the budget for the program/programs considering past, present
    and future fiscal years, allocates resources within the budget by
    distributing scarce resources among major competitive programs, and
    manages post-award evaluation.
  * Controls waste, fraud and abuse.


The Program Director:

  * Represents the Program, Division and the 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.
  * Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units and other Federal
    agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
  * Participates in staff, panel, committee and other meetings,
    providing input relevant to program area and/or Division.
  * Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) goals.
  * Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on special projects and
    temporary function teams across the Foundation to solve problems,
    improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special
  * Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies
    and NSF's performance of the overall mission.
  * Develops policies and plans for strengthening research and education
  * Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its
    mission and gathers data and impressions from the community on the
    effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
  * Prepares and disseminates a variety of informational documents which
    may include data on progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and
    opportunities papers, and budget plans.


The Program Director:

  * Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in research areas
    supported by the HS Program and related areas through participation
    in professional activities.
  * Maintains familiarity with salient current research developments.
  * Pursues individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
  * Expands administrative capabilities through training courses or
    assumption of new management.

      Relocation Authorized

  * Yes
  * Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.

Job Requirements

    Job Requirements

      Key Requirements

  * Background investigation.
  * Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab





Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to Hydrologic 
Sciences, plus after award of the Ph. D., six or more years of 
successful research, research administration, and/or managerial 
experience pertinent to the position.

Relevant disciplines could include Physical Sciences, Hydrology, or 
Environmental Sciences. You will need to successfully complete a 
background security investigation before you can be appointed into this 

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

      Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

    Additional Information

      What To Expect Next

Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to 
whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, 
you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position 
is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the 
selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews 
for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the 
discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will 
receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity 

You may check the status of your application at any time on theUSAJOBS 
by tweeting @NSF_Vacancies.


Review our benefits 

      Other 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 Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit 
ourNSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions 
This job originated onwww.usajobs.gov 
For the full announcement and to apply, 
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job 
announcement listed atwww.usajobs.gov 
be considered.
How to Apply

    How to Apply

Your application must be submitted online and all document 
faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the 
vacancy closing date.

You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full 
consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please 
review ourNSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions 

WARNING! Applications submitted online must have 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.

If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact 
Information below for special instructions on how to submit your 
application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 
292-8044 for assistance.


      How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, 
expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of 
the position. 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

 1. Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories
    relevant to Hydrologic Sciences as demonstrated by publications,
    invited talks, and/or professional recognition.
 2. Research, analytical and technical writing skills that demonstrate
    the ability to perform extensive inquiry into a variety of
    significant issues as well as the skills to make recommendations and
    decisions based on findings.
 3. Ability to manage an externally reviewed, proposal driven grants
    program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
 4. Professional bearing, interpersonal communications skills, and
    demonstrated ability to interact effectively and convincingly with
    peers, senior managers at NSF, members of the scientific community,
    managers of related organizations, and representatives of other
    federal agencies and foreign national programs to effectively
    present, advocate and advance program policies, plans and goals.

To preview questions pleaseclick here 
Required Documents

    Required Documents

In order to be considered for federal appointments,Non-Citizens 
affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by 
signing and attaching thisCitizenship Affidavit 
their application.Non-Citizens 
do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be 
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 

We also ask that you complete and submit theApplicant Survey Form 
This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting 
a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the 
individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) 
toadsearch at nsf.gov <mailto:adsearch at nsf.gov>; 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 faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on 
the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use 
extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your 
information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your 
faxed/uploaded document(s).

      National Science Foundation


Krystal Mendenhall
Phone:703-292-4345 <tel://703-292-4345>
TDD: 703-292-8044
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