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Division Director, Division of Environmental Biology
US National Science FoundationAlexandria, VA2 months ago

Duties


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is ranked in the top 5 best places to work amongst midsize agencies in the federal government, and the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is ranked in the top 5 best places to work amongst 411 agency subcomponents in the federal government. BIO is responsible for managing and funding major research programs and facilities supported by the NSF in the biological sciences.
The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. The Division Director manages the Division, coordinates Division activities with the Assistant Director, BIO, and serves as the Foundation's principal spokesperson in the field of environmental biosciences. The Division Director also:

  • Recommends research that should be emphasized and supported by the Foundation. Keeps current with the scientific research programs undertaken by agencies of the Federal government and public and private institutions, and coordinates the Foundation's scientific research programs with those undertaken by individuals and research groups.

  • Represents NSF on national and international committees, boards, panels, etc., in matters dealing with the major disciplines over which the Division has cognizance. Interprets NSF policies for groups and acts as liaison between these and the Foundation.

  • Directs the preparation of annual and long-range budget requirements for the Division.

  • Initiates actions to provide further consideration of emerging and newly developed areas of special interest to the Division.

  • Determines the need for special studies and provides guidance to the scientific staff in the development of such studies by defining the purpose of the study and area of emphasis.

  • Directs the proposal processing activities of the Division:

  • establishing administrative procedures for reviewing proposals and awarding research grants and contracts;

  • managing cooperative interagency agreements;

  • reviewing proposals recommended by program officers for award of declination;

  • post-award monitoring and evaluation

  • Is responsible for the development and revision of suitable internal Division structures, the arrangement of program and project goals and levels of effort, and the continuing review, evaluation, and coordination of all Division activities.

  • Implements the representation of minority group employees, women, and individuals with disabilities on advisory committees, review panels and all other mechanisms by which the scientific community provides assistance to NSF.


Requirements


Conditions of Employment


  • One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments

  • 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



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.

Qualifications


EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL (E/Ms): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the E/M qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement will only be considered for an IPA appointment, if applicable.



Essential



1. Leading Change. This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.



2. Leading People. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.



3. Results-Driven Leadership. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.



4. Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.



5. Building Coalitions. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.



PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL (P/Ts): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the P/T qualifications. You must address each P/T qualification separately.




Essential



1. Education strongly preferred at the Ph.D. level, or equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and equivalent experience, in environmental biology.

2. Substantial research contributions and strong evidence of scholarship and leadership in environmental biology as evidenced in publications and professional and leadership activities.

3. Skill in recognizing, developing, and implementing approaches and programs which build on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in other disciplines to develop solutions to important cross-cutting research and education problems.

4. Broad understanding of universities and other institutions where research and education in science and engineering is conducted. Knowledge of grant and contract administration, fiscal management, and budget preparation with experience in scientific research support.



  • When responding to the P/T and E/M qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the E/Ms and P/Ts.
  • Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.


Applicants who do not provide narrative statements addressing both the E/M and P/T qualifications will only be considered for an IPA assignment, if applicable.


Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial (E/M) Qualifications (ECQs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical (P/T) Qualifications (PTQs) is required.




To view additional information on the proper preparation of Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications.

Education


Please refer to the Qualifications section.

Additional information


The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions.
The position may also be filled on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the costs. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov.



Relocation expenses may be paid contingent upon the availability of funds.



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. Non-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.




Only applications submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.



  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.




    A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation Headquarters is conveniently located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, right in Alexandria, VA, a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria a short trip away. Employees receive the

    Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking

    Public transportation subsidy

    Child care subsidy

    Flexible working hours

    Telecommuting

    Physical Fitness Facility on site

    Health Services Unit on site

    Employee Assistance Program
    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the qualification requirements. Eligible applicants will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel according to the criteria based on the qualification requirements. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.




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  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.




    A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation Headquarters is conveniently located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, right in Alexandria, VA, a few miles from downtown Washington, DC. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance, as well as historic Old Town Alexandria a short trip away. Employees receive the

    Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking

    Public transportation subsidy

    Child care subsidy

    Flexible working hours

    Telecommuting

    Physical Fitness Facility on site

    Health Services Unit on site

    Employee Assistance Program
    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
  • Required Documents
    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.
    1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Essential Executive/Managerial (E/M) qualifications, the Essential Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

    Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers.

    Educational information, including the name, city and state of your colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received.

    Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:

    • Job title (include series and grade, if Federal job)
    • Duties and accomplishments
    • Employer's name and address
    • Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
    • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

    2. P/T Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the Professional/Technical qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each P/T qualification will only be considered for an IPA assignment, as applicable.


    3. E/M Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual Executive/Managerial qualification. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligible, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each E/M qualification will only be considered for an IPA assignment, as applicable.


    4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their Qualification Review Board (QRB) certificate.

    Additional Documentation:


    In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. Non citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who 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. None-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.



    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
  • How to Apply
    • Applicants must complete and submit an application online at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website at https://www.USAJOBS.gov. An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for the position. Once you have completed the USAJOBS process, you will be re-directed to the Monster Government Solutions system to complete your application process; answer the online questions and submit all required documents. Applications submitted other than the USAJOBS online application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED under this announcement.
    • Your application and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants applying on-line for this position will be able to apply until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Please allow adequate time to complete your application.
    • If you encounter technical difficulties during the process, please call 1-877-662-7730 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (excluding Federal holidays) for assistance. If you have technical difficulties applying to the vacancy on the USAJOBS website, click on Contact USAJOBS. It is suggested that you do not wait until the last day to apply for a vacancy announcement. We will not accept applications other than those submitted through USAJOBS.
    • As the applicant, it is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, and submitted is received and is accurate. Ensure that your application includes the required documents listed under "Required Documents."
    • If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact on this job opportunity announcement. Hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-5090 for assistance.



    IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.

    Agency contact information


    Brittani Powell

    Phone

    703-292-4416
    Email

    [email protected]
    Address

    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

    Division of Human Resources Management

    2415 Eisenhower Ave


    Alexandria, Virginia 22314

    United States

    Next steps


    The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidates to the selecting official.



    You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website




    Applicants should click ‘Track this Application’ in the Applicant Dashboard to receive application updates.

  • Fair and Transparent
    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents


1. Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Essential Executive/Managerial (E/M) qualifications, the Essential Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information:

Full name, mailing address, and day email address and evening telephone numbers.

Educational information, including the name, city and state of your colleges or universities you attended, as well as the type and year of any degrees received.

Information about your paid and non paid work experience related to this position including:

  • Job title (include series and grade, if Federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may contact your current supervisor)
  • Starting and ending dates of employment (month/year)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

2. P/T Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing the Professional/Technical qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each P/T qualification will only be considered for an IPA assignment, as applicable.


3. E/M Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each individual Executive/Managerial qualification. In lieu of the narrative statement, current career SES members, reinstatement eligible, and SES Candidate Development Program graduates must provide the documentation in item #4. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement addressing each E/M qualification will only be considered for an IPA assignment, as applicable.


4. All current and former career SES members must provide an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action documenting their status or reinstatement eligibility. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their Qualification Review Board (QRB) certificate.

Additional Documentation:


In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. This also applies to individuals considered for Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments to NSF. Non citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who 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. None-Citizens are not eligible for positions requiring a security clearance.



Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


Help

This job is open to


  • The public


    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Senior executives


    Those who meet the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).

Clarification from the agency


Applications will be accepted from all US citizens who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements. Please see the "Other Information" section for further information.
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