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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Senior Advisor, Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Open Period:
10/30/2018 - 11/30/2018


AD - 1701 05
USD $161,746 - USD $179,325
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Alexandria, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Sandra De Leon


Hiring Path:
• Excepted service
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching the Citizenship Affidavit to their application. (See Required Documents). This also applies to individuals considered for IPA assignments to NSF. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary - This position will be filled as a one- or two-year IPA or as a Fed Temp Appointment with the option to extend.
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.

Applicants wishing to apply for a Permanent appointment should see Job Announcement EHR-2019-0001.

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.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.


This position is Senior Advisor within the Office of the Assistant Director (OAD) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The Senior Advisor reports to the Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) and is responsible for a range of issues that require senior­-level coordination across the Directorate and the Foundation. This position will be responsible for overseeing program evaluation throughout the directorate and evaluation will be a major focus of the position. The position is not supervisory.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is charged with promoting the vitality of the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and education enterprises. As part of this mission, EHR has primary responsibility for providing national and research-based leadership in STEM education. The Directorate emphasizes six themes in fulfilling this responsibility:

  1. Furthering public understanding of science and advancing STEM literacy;

  2. Broadening participation to improve workforce development;                  ·

  3. Promoting learning through research and evaluation;

  4. Promoting cyberlearning strategies to enhance STEM education;

  5. Enriching the education of STEM teachers; and

  6. Preparing scientists and engineers for tomorrow.

To address these themes, EHR sponsors programs in the Divisions of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Undergraduate Education (DUE), Graduate Education (DGE), and Human Resource Development (HRD).

Qualifications and Evaluations


You are highly encouraged to address the following professional skills within your cover letter, which will be used to evaluate your experience, education and training as related to the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position during the review process.

QUALITY RANKING FACTORS: Final ranking is based on an evaluation of experience, education, and training, as they relate to the knowledge, skills, and abilities specified in the following factors:

  • Knowledge of STEM education research and current and emerging trends in STEM.

  • Knowledge of STEM education policy issues at Federal and/or state level and knowledge of trends and issues in STEM.

  • Knowledge of educational evaluation programs and systems.

  • Recognized professional standing in the STEM, STEM education and/or learning sciences communities, as evidenced by a sustained record of scholarship and professional leadership activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate, design, plan, coordinate and manage policy-related tasks to achieve organizational objectives.

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing evaluation plans and projects of various types with a  variety of stakeholders, with demonstrative results.

  • Ability to effectively and convincingly present and advocate policies and plans to peer groups, high-level decision making and policy groups, and Congressional staff, with major attention to STEM education research.

    Security Clearance

    Public Trust - Background Investigation

Key Requirements:
  • Background Investigation
  • Education Requirements:
    You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position.

    Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field related to STEM plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.

    Appointment to this position may be made under the Excepted Authority of the NSF Act. Candidates who do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility will not obtain civil service status if selected. Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected. Usual civil service benefits (retirement, health benefits, and life insurance) are applicable.

    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.

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

    You must meet eligibility and Qualification Requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    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

    For more information regarding Federal Temporary Appointments, visit OPM's website.

    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.

    Other Information:

    This announcement is open to (All US Citizens OR current NSF employees) who meet citizenship and eligibility requirements.

    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. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions

    BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: This position is excluded from the bargaining unit.

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


    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.

    NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

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

    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.

    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: EHR-2019-0002
    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:
    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. 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.)

    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 the required qualifications and professional skills should be addressed in your cover letter. Your responses should be clear and concise and show the level of responsibility and the level of accomplishment associated with your experience.

    3. 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.

    You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a cover letter that describes your background in terms of the professional skills associated with this position. This information will be used in the evaluation process.

    Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.
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