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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Division Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, SBE
Open Period:
10/20/2017 - 12/18/2017


ES - 0101 00
USD $163,519 - USD $181,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Sandra DeLeon


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications 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 this Citizenship Affidavit to their application.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
SES Career
Marketing Statement:
NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, the agency also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF ensures that research is fully integrated with education so that today's revolutionary work will include training future scientists and engineers.

We are also at the forefront of federal business and operations best practices, ensuring accountability and efficacy of the work we do.
More about NSF.
Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For nearly 70 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 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. Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay.  Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.


The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is one of thirteen statistical agencies of the U.S. Federal Government and is the federal statistical agency with responsibility for data and analyses on the science and engineering enterprise writ large.  NCSES primary role is to provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources and to provide a source of information for policy formulation by other agencies of the Federal Government.  NCSES is responsible for statistical data on: (1) research and development (R&D) trends; (2) science and engineering (S&E) workforce; (3) U.S. competitiveness in science and technology (S&T) and R&D); and (4) the condition and progress of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  NCESE engages in the following core activities to provide support in the development of objective data:

  1. Collect, acquire, analyze, report and disseminate statistical data related to the S&E enterprise in the U.S. and other nations that is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policy makers and the public;
  2. Support research using NCSES data;
  3. Improve methodologies in areas related to the work of the Center, and
  4. Support the education and training of researchers in large-scale nationally representative data sets.
NCSES is also responsible for producing the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report for the National Science Board along with another congressionally mandated report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering.

The Deputy Division Director serves as a member of the SBE and NCSES leadership teams.  In collaboration with the Division Director, the Deputy implements overall strategic planning and day-to-day management for the Center with respect to ongoing NCSES data collections, the development of new data collections and products, ongoing and proposed analyses as well as management of the production of Science and Engineering Indicators and a wide variety of other products. Along with the Division Director, the Deputy Division Director provides leadership and guidance to Center staff members, determines funding requirements, maintains overall management of survey and other contracts, prepares and justifies budget estimates and budget products, balances program needs within NCSES, establishes priorities in data collections and analytical projects, allocates resources within the several NCSES programs and represents NSF to relevant external groups. The Deputy Division Director fosters partnerships within SBE, with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, international bodies and relevant professional associations and the academic community.

Qualifications and Evaluations



1. Ph.D. or equivalent combination of education and demonstrated professional experience in data collection methods or the analysis of statistical data, especially in reference to education, workforce, or research and development.

2. Demonstrated ability to manage one or more aspects of a large, complex statistical or research organization, including the design and implementation of nationally-representative data collections, the analysis of results from such data collections, and outreach to external customers to obtain input and insights about needs and uses of data that are incorporated in surveys and data products.

3. Demonstrated experience preparing survey results or other quantitative information for dissemination to lay and technical audiences in a wide-range of traditional and online reporting formats, such as: summary overviews, in-depth technical analyses, extensive tabular material, sample graphical interfaces, complex table generation systems, and microdata files or databases.

4. Demonstrated knowledge or experience with laws, policies, and practices and procedures surrounding the privacy, protection and access to confidential survey data, the federal statistical systems, federal procurement and contracting, the federal budget and preparation and execution of federal budgets.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation
Key Requirements:
  • Background Investigation
  • Education Requirements:
    Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the mandatory 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.

    There are no questions to preview in the link below.


    1. Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    2. Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Includes 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. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    4. Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    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 Qualifications (ECQs/EMs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.

    Benefits and Other Info

    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
       Physical Fitness Facility on site
       Health Services Unit on site
       Employee Assistance Program
    Other Information:
    You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

    This job originated on Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The individual selected will be required to file an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report"(OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    Ensure that your application includes the documents listed below and reflects your background in terms of the qualification requirements for the position.

    1. Resume or other application format of your choice. Your application should contain the following information: Announcement number and your country of citizenship (Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.

    2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of (a) the executive/managerial, and (b) the professional/technical requirements. Response to the five Executive/Managerial (E/M), and the four Professional/Technical (P/T) requirements are MANDATORY. Failure to address the MANDATORY E/Ms and P/Ts will result in your application being disqualified. Your responses should be clear, concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility.

    3. Current Career SES. Current Career SES members and former SES members who have reinstatement eligibility to the Career SES must submit a Standard Form 50 showing Career SES status; OPM certified SES Candidate Development Program graduates must submit their Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certificate.

    4. NSF Form 1232, Applicant Survey. We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant 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.

    APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications must be received by the closing date on this announcement. Applications may be transmitted electronically to or mailed or delivered to the following address:

    National Science Foundation
    Division of Human Resource Management
    Executive Personnel
    ATTN: NCSES-2018-0001
    2415 Eisenhower Ave
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-7493; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-8044 for assistance.

    Additional information on the NSF mission, structure, programs, and operations may be accessed through our website. The NSF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. 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.

    Required Documents:
    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.
    Next Steps:
    The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official.