National Science Foundation Social Scientist (Program Manager) in FEW vacancies Arlington, Virginia

National Science Foundation
  • FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA
Work Schedule is Full-time. - 13-month Federal temporary appointment; may be extended up to three years total without competition.

Opened Monday 11/28/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/12/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

NSF is relocating to Alexandria, VA. In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, VA to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to a Metro station (Eisenhower Avenue on the Yellow Line) and there is ample parking in the area. There are several amenities nearby, such as restaurants, hotels, and shops.

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.

This position is for a program manager in the Office of International Science and Engineering. The program manager has three responsibilities consistent with the missions of the office. The first is to represent the Foundation’s interests to interagency and international partners. The second is to assess trends in international science and engineering. The third is to plan and administer programs that enhance research excellence through international cooperation. This position requires the incumbent to serve as an official representative of the United States Government with representatives from foreign governments, academia, and industry. Diplomatic poise is essential for successful performance in this position.


Science Diplomacy

The program manager, in coordination with the supervisor, establishes and maintains relationships with one or more foreign partners. Working with colleagues from across the United States Government – most notably the U.S. Department of State – he/she ensures that Office and Foundation level activities are consistent with current foreign policy. Representing the highest standards, and exhibiting appropriate diplomatic poise, the program manager interacts with representatives from foreign embassies and ministries. When required, the program manager travels internationally to represent U.S. interests. The program manager helps prepare briefing materials for official events by NSF and USG leadership.

International Program Analysis

The program manager contributes to the collection, analysis and dissemination of information on foreign science and technology trends for the country(ies). Specifically, he/she analyzes information on foreign research and technological developments. The program manager contributes to the preparation of internal and external products for dissemination as appropriate. Products include original observations on events abroad, especially their impact on the U.S. scientific and engineering communities and the NSF. Analyses will be used to identify opportunities for international science cooperation.

Program Planning and Direction

The program manager, in coordination with the supervisor, prepares and recommends annual and long-range budgets and plans, for programs that promote international science cooperation. Activities are consistent with current U.S. science policy and U.S. foreign policy. The program manager oversees the solicitation, award and monitoring of awards consistent with NSF policies and procedures. He/she prepares briefing materials for budget hearings, negotiations, and discussions, or in response to requests from supervisor for information about programs. He/she represents NSF on interagency groups and inter-governmental organizations. As requested, the program manager assists and participates in discussions and negotiations to assess trends and developments within the scientific foregin affairs communities to establish or deepen cooperation.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any social science, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Master’s degree in any social science, plus after award of the degree, eight or more years of successful research, research administration, managerial experience pertinent to the position.

For positions within the Office of International Science and Engineering, experience working with representatives from foreign governments, international organizations or in diplomatic positions on behalf of the United States Government is required. Additionally, preference will be given to those candidates who have demonstrated experience working in the East Asia Pacific Region as defined by the United States Department of State.

This position is outside the competitive civil service.

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 before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.

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


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Other Information

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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

Salary Range: $119,776.00 to $169,686.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: AD-0101-04/04

Promotion Potential: 04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from US 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 this to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.

Control Number: 457639400

Job Announcement Number: OISE-2017-0001