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Announcement Number:
BCS-2017-0010
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Position Title:
Division Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, SBE
Open Period:
08/18/2017 - 10/29/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
ES - 0180 00
Salary:
(USD) $163,519 - (USD) $181,600
Promotion Potential:
ES-00
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Arlington, VA, US
For More Info:
Sandra De Leon
703-292-7493
execsrch@nsf.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
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. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered for IPA only.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Duration Appointment:
SES Career, SES Limited-Term Appt. (1-3 years) or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment.
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 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.
Summary:
This announcement is ammended to extend the closing date to October 29, 2017.

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.

NSF is relocating! In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, Virginia to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station on the Yellow Line, and has ample parking and amenities (hotels, restaurants and shops) nearby.

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.

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 position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or 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.
Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Authorized:
Yes

Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.

Conditions of Employment:

Background Investigation

Duties

Serves as a member of the SBE Directorate leadership team and as a principal spokesperson in the area of behavioral and cognitive sciences for the Foundation. Provides leadership and direction to the NSF Division responsible for funding research and education activities, both nationally and internationally, to develop and advance scientific knowledge and methods focusing on human cognition and behavior (including perception, thought processes, language, learning, and social behavior across neural, individual, family, and group levels), and on human variation at the scales of society, culture, and biology, and how these variations and related patterns develop and change across time and space. The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives. Assesses needs and trends involving the behavioral and cognitive sciences, implements overall strategic planning and policy setting for the Division, provides leadership and guidance to Division staff members, determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and represents NSF to relevant external groups. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior staff (Deputy Division Director), program officers, administrative and support personnel.  Fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:
Requirements:
Professional/Technical

Essential

1. Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or combination of education and equivalent experience in the behavioral and cognitive sciences relevant to the mission of the BCS division.

2. Substantial research contributions and strong evidence of scholarship in the behavioral and cognitive sciences or a closely related field as evidenced in publications, awards and/or innovative leadership in research administration. 

3. Demonstrated broad knowledge of diverse fields of science and their interdisciplinary impact on the behavioral and cognitive sciences. 

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.

 
Evaluations:
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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Qualifications:
Executive/Managerial

Essential

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

Benefits:
A GREAT LOCATION! Effective October 2, 2017, The National Science Foundation Headquarters location will be 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

Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits. NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website.
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.

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 and "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 backround 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. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered for IPA only.); 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.

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 execsrch@nsf.gov or mailed or delivered to the following address:

National Science Foundation
Division of Human Resource Management
Executive Personnel, Room 315
ATTN: BCS-2017-0010
4201 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22230
 
Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at (703) 292-7493; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD (703) 292-5090 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
Required Documents:
Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.
What to Expect Next:
The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official.