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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Division Director, Division of Human Resource Management
Open Period:
02/08/2019 - 03/26/2019


ES - 0301 ZR 00
USD $165,842 - USD $174,500
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Concetta Brown Stewart


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens only.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
SES Career only.
Marketing Statement:

NSF is on the leading edge of discovery in areas from astronomy to geology to zoology to psychology to economics. 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 also be 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.


You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package to ensure that you receive full consideration.

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 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.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.


The Division Director, Division of Human Resource Management (HRM) serves as a member of the Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM) executive team, fulfills the role of the Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, and supports the National Science Foundation’s mission by providing leadership and direction to HRM staff and activities. The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives.  Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior staff (Deputy Division Director and Branch Chiefs). HRM partners with stakeholders to provide outstanding customer service in planning, developing, and implementing the Foundation's Human Resource Management programs leading to the effective recruitment, retention, engagement, motivation, development, and use of the agency’s approximately 1500 staff members, including visiting scientists, engineers and educators, and those on assignment under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). HRM, under the leadership of the incumbent, is responsible for the day-to-day personnel operations of the Foundation and provides advice and support on management and organization projects and initiatives.

Qualifications and Evaluations


One year probationary period for all new Career SES appointments.

Requires an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report " (OGE-278).

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Clearance.

Key Requirements:
  • Background Investigation - Public Trust
  • Education Requirements:

    Applicants will be evaluated by an Evaluation Panel of senior officials.  The panel will rate and rank applicants on the basis of the quality and extent of total accomplishments, experience and education.  The panel will determine the degree to which candidates possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the mandatory professional/technical qualifications of the position and the mandatory executive/managerial qualifications to determine the best qualified candidates. 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.


    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/Ms.  If you fail to do so, you will be rated as "ineligible."

    MANDATORY  (Must be addressed)

    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, nonprofit 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 technical qualification.  You must address each technical qualification separately.

    MANDATORY  (Must be addressed)

    1.  Demonstrated experience in leading and managing day-to-day operations in support of a human capital management program which covers the full spectrum of leadership responsibilities and human resource functions, including staffing, classification, labor/and employee relations, work life programs, payroll processing, performance management, executive resources, talent management and/or succession planning.

    2.  Demonstrated experience leading a human resources organization to support an agency's goal and objectives while ensuring compliance with federal laws, rules and regulations.

    3.  Demonstrated executive level experience in establishing, assessing and aligning workforce development strategies, characteristics and future needs based on an agency's mission and strategic plan; identifying best practices; and applying methods for measuring intellectual capital and identifying links to organizational performance and growth.

    4.  Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with current and emerging trends involving human capital management and work processes and the demonstrated ability to implement the reengineering of business practices to support, and align with, the organization's strategic goals, objectives and mission.

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


    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 



    Security Clearance:  Public Trust - Background Investigation



    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

    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:

    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.

    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:

    APPLICATION SUBMISSION:  Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on 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, Suite W 15200.
    ATTN: HRM-2019-0006
    2415 Eisenhower Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22314

    Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-4912; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-8044 for assistance.

    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.


    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.

    Required Documents:

    1.  Resume: In addition to your written statements addressing the Essential Executive/Managerial (E/M) Core 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. Mandatory P/T Statement:  A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory 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. Mandatory E/M Statement: A narrative statement specifically addressing each mandatory individual E/M.  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.

    5. Citizenship Affidavit: Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application.

    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.