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Division Director, Division of Earth Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences, ES-1301-00, Closes 12/12/2011
Document Number: ear20120001
This is a NSF Vacancies item.
Job Title:Division Director, Division of
Earth Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences
// Sub Agency:National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:EAR-2012-0001
$165,300.00 / Per Year
|Monday, October 31, 2011 to Monday, December 12,
SERIES & GRADE:
|Full-Time. – SES Career, SES Limited-Term Appointment, or
Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment.
|1 vacancy(s) – Arlington, VAView Map|
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
|Applications will be accepted from all
groups of qualified individuals.Position is announced on a Career
Appointment, a one-to three-year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term
Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment
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when applying for this announcement.
Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section
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strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over
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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, veterans 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
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.
Serves as a member of the Directorate for Geosciences leadership team and as
the Foundation’s principal spokesperson in the area of earth sciences. Provides
leadership and direction to the NSF Division responsible for funding research
and education in the earth sciences, which includes geology and geobiology and
low-temperature geochemistry, hydrologic sciences, sedimentary geology and
paleobiology, geomorphology and land use dynamics, geophysics, petrology and
geochemistry, tectonics, instrumentation and facilities, continental dynamics
and Earthscope. The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for
the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational
goals and objectives. This includes directing the activities of the Division of
Earth Sciences, assessing the needs and trends in geosciences research and
education, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic
planning, and policy setting. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance
to senior EAR staff (Deputy Division Director), program officers, administrative
and support personnel. 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. Fosters partnerships with other
Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the
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
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.
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
4. Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human,
financial, and information resources strategically.
Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with
other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit or private
sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to
1. Ph.D. or
equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and equivalent
experience in the solid and surface earth sciences (e.g., geologic, geochemical
or geophysical earth sciences; or a closely related field)
Demonstrated broad knowledge of the field of earth sciences and its relationship
to allied disciplines with ability to build on the expertise and knowledge of
researchers in several disciplines to develop solutions to important
cross-cutting research and education problems.
3. Substantial research
contributions and strong evidence of scholarship in the earth sciences or a
closely related field as evidenced in publications, professional awards, and/or
innovative leadership in research administration.
understanding of universities and other institutions where research and
education in earth sciences. Knowledge of grant and contract administration,
fiscal management, and budget preparation with experience in scientific research
support in the earth sciences.
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)
For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly
encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management’s Guide to Executive
Qualifications at http://www.opm/gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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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A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located
one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50,
and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking
spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy
walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits
package and NSF offers:
Child Development Center on site
Flexible working hours
Fitness Facility on site
NSF Federal Credit Union on site
Services Unit on site
Employee Assistance Program
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
A senior executive whose rate of basic pay is higher than
$165,500 will continue to receive his or her current SES rate of pay: there will
not be a reduction in pay as a result of transferring to NSF.
individual selected will be required to file an “Executive Branch Personnel
Public Financial Disclosure Report” (SF-278) in accordance with the Ethics in
Government Act of 1978.
New appointees to the SES are required to
serve a one-year probationary period.
HOW TO APPLY:
You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing
date of the announcement.
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
(If you are not a U.S. citizen, please indicate whether or not you are a
permanent U.S. resident, and whether or not you are actively seeking U.S.
citizenship); 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
2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms
of (a)the executive/managerial, and (b)the professional/technical
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
APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications must be received by
the closing date on this announcement. Applications may be transmitted
electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or
mailed or delivered to the following address:
Division of Human Resource Management
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel
Staff at (703) 292-8267; 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
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL
SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.
Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all
documentation that you want considered.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
National Science Foundation
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the
qualification requirements and refer the top candidates to the selecting