The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidate for an Associate Program Director position in the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Alexandria, VA. For more information on OAC please click .
This position combines programmatic and scientific responsibilities exercised through proposal and award management with coordination of: cooperative agreements; activities supporting the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, which meets twice yearly and maintains a number of working groups; and of major review packages, required for reviews before the Directors Review Board (DRB) and National Science Board (NSB). Familiarity with the higher education/scientific research enterprise is essential, and a working knowledge of cyberinfrastructure and the range of science and engineering supported by NSF is important, as are versatility and willingness to learn, given the integrative nature of OACs programmatic activities and its NSF-wide role. The ability to work collegially, coordinate, and communicate effectively at different levels within the agency, with counterparts in other agencies, and with members of the scientific community and the public, is essential. Familiarity with external and Foundation-wide programs, such as the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows program and Public Access, is also important.
Specific responsibilities include:
Program Planning and Management
Office-wide. Has primary responsibility for coordinating and managing all OAC complex cooperative agreements and awards including: financial status; review of interim, annual, and final reports; coordination and management of reverse site visits and milestone reviews; liaison with awardees and Sponsored Research Offices (SROs); and budget review.
Program-level. In cooperation with other OAC Program Directors or as assigned:
Advises and assists the OAC Office Director and Deputy Office Director in the development of long-range plans that ensure CISE investments are targeted to cutting-edge challenges and opportunities in CISE research and education fields. Experience with cyberinfrastructure, advanced computing facilities, software, and data cyberinfrastructure and data science is particularly important.
Collaboratively administers the merit review process for assigned research, education, or infrastructure proposals.
Processes and completes award and decline actions to meet performance standards. Ensures proposals comply with NSF policy, subject to constraints imposed when proposals are jointly funded with other agencies or directorates.
Administers the post-award management process for assigned awards, including reviewing annual reports, conducting effective, timely site visits and overseeing a post-award evaluation process, where necessary.
Functions effectively in a collaborative team work environment and communicates effectively with others in all areas of responsibility.
Communication, Coordination and Liaison
Coordinates and oversees preparing complex award packages to provide support for assigned programs through grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, or other forms of assistance by the Foundation, including packages for review by the DRB and NSB.
Coordinates the meetings of the ACCI and working groups.
Coordinates preparation of the OAC annual reports
Works with the Office Director, Deputy Office Director, and Staff Associate for Operations to develop scientific or administrative data that can be used in preparing reports and guides to future initiatives and decision making.
Checks data results and analysis to ensure consistency and quality control.
Prepares items for communication with the public, including liaison with CISE public affairs activities.
Handles or re-directs questions from the scientific community.
Actively participates in special projects and temporary functional teams to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination for special programs.
Participates in staff, panel, committee, and other meetings, providing input relevant to the program area(s) and/or the office.
Contributes ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSFs performance of the overall mission.
Provides information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gathers data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSFs performance of its mission.
Contributes to well-written program solicitations, annual program reports, and other written materials that are consistent with NSF and CISE strategic goals and core strategies.
Actively engages in frequent discussion with the OAC and CISE research and education community to remain cognizant of ongoing advances in the field.
Actively participates in both in-reach and outreach activities that seek to broaden the participation of underrepresented communities in CISE activities and enhance the scientific career pipeline, including events focused on K-12 groups.
As directed, actively represents OAC and CISE in NSF-wide committees and deliberations. Works effectively and collaboratively with other members in these groups to advance NSFs or the Federal Governments goals.
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Conditions of Employment
Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
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This position is in the bargaining unit.
Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physical Sciences or Computer Science, plus after award of the Ph.D., four or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position; OR a Masters degree in Physical Sciences or Computer Science, plus after award of the degree, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
This position is outside the competitive civil service.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.
We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.
Quality Ranking Factors
Possesses working knowledge of the DRB and NSB processes and procedures. Has experience building DRB and NSB packages for large grants or cooperative agreements (e.g., $10,000,000 or more) and with tracking/analyzing large multi-year awards and/or cooperative agreements. Understands and has experience managing the forward funding process across multiple fiscal years.
Working knowledge of or experience with the technical and social Cyberinfrastructure portfolio, comprising high performance computing, networking, software, and data, or systems required for todays science and engineering education and research.
Working knowledge of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Has direct experience in hosting, organizing, and managing Advisory Committee meetings involving remote and on-site participation.
Knowledge of Federal agency guidelines, policies, procedures, and requirements for processing proposals, the administration of grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and proposal solicitations. Experience interpreting policies, special and general provisions, and developing proposals and cooperative agreements relating to the same.
Skill in written and oral communication sufficient to speak effectively in a wide range of situations and to a variety of audiences which includes translating technical language to plain English, negotiating sensitive issues, and making a variety of presentations. Skill in written communication sufficient to respond to a variety of inquiries, develop guidelines and procedures, prepare correspondence, program announcements, and other technical informational documents.
Skill in working in a team, which requires establishing and maintaining effective working relationships at all levels of personnel internally, in the science community, educational organizations and institutions, and other governmental agencies on a variety of program and budget matters such as during the development stage, on project collaborations, and matters of joint funding and joint planning.
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