[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Administrator (Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Hydrologic Sciences (HS) Program), National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
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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
$108,887.00 to $169,686.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade
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.
Job Announcement Number
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
PROGRAM PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
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.
REPRESENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP
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 MAY be paid contingent on the availability of funds.
* 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.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
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
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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.
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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.
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