[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Administrator (Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Hydrologic Sciences (HS) Program), National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA


Science Administrator

National Science

vacancies – Arlington, VA

Schedule is Full-time. – Permanent.

Opened Friday 4/22/2016

Closes Friday 6/3/2016

Salary Range

$108,887.00 to $169,686.00 / Per Year

Series &






Who May Apply

Applications will be 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 not be

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Job Announcement


Job Overview

Job Overview


About the

wishing to apply for an IPA, VSEE or Federal Temporary
Appointment should see Job Announcement EAR-2016-0010. 
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 National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a
qualified candidate to fill the position of Program
Director in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO),
Division of Earth Sciences’ (EAR) Hydrologic Sciences
(HS) Program. The HS Program focuses on the fluxes of
water in the environment that constitute the water cycle
as well as the mass and energy transport function of the
water cycle. The HS Program supports innovative research
on processes from rainfall to runoff to infiltration and
streamflow; evaporation and transpiration; the flow of
water in soils and aquifers; and the transport of
suspended, dissolved, and colloidal components. The HS
Program retains a strong focus on linking fluxes of
water and the components carried by water across
boundaries between various interacting facets of the
terrestrial system and the mechanisms by which these
fluxes co-organize over a variety of timescales and/or
alter fundamentals of water cycle interactions within
the terrestrial system. The Program is also interested
in how water interacts with the landscape and the
ecosystem as well as how the water cycle and its coupled
processes are altered by land use and climate.
Furthermore, the HS Program participates in the review
of proposals for related GEO Directorate research
programs, NSF wide initiatives, and collaborative
research programs with other Federal agencies.


Duties of the Program Director are
guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1)
Transform the Frontiers of Science and Engineering,
(2) Stimulate Innovation and Address Societal Needs
through Research and Education, and (3) Excel as a
Federal Science Agency. The incumbent HS Program
Director will be knowledgeable in the scientific areas
covered by the program and will help identify emerging
opportunities in the Geosciences. In addition, the
incumbent will be required to undertake the design,
development, analysis, documentation, management and
implementation of programs and activities within the
program and across disciplinary boundaries. The
responsibilities of the HS Program Director will
include long-range planning for the areas of science
represented by the program; administration of the
merit review process and proposal recommendations;
preparation of press releases, feature articles and
material describing advances in the research
supported; and coordination with other NSF programs as
well as those at other Federal agencies and
organizations. PROGRAM
The Program Director:

Maintains a healthy balance of support for all the
needs of the research and education enterprise
through program, division, directorate, Foundation,
or interagency activities.

Manages program resources to provide optimal
appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity
and consistency in the grant/declination process
without conflict of interests, and with balance
among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and
participation of all qualified scientists.

Incorporates cross-directorate responsibilities
into program administration.

Manages an effective, timely merit review process,
with attention to increasing the size and quality of
the reviewer pools and insuring participation by
women, minorities and disabled scientists.

Provides scientific expertise, evaluation and
advice for other programs in NSF, including
international programs, and other research programs,
and cross-directorate programs.

Advises and assists in the development of
short-and-long range plans, establishing goals and
objectives for research programs.

Plans the budget for the program/programs
considering past, present and future fiscal years,
allocates resources within the budget by
distributing scarce resources among major
competitive programs, and manages post-award

Controls waste, fraud and abuse.

The Program Director: 

Represents the Program, Division and the
Foundation within the scientific community, with
other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies
and organizations, and with the public, accurately
reflecting NSF policy and positions.

Creates and maintains linkages to other NSF units
and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall
NSF mission.

Participates in staff, panel, committee and other
meetings, providing input relevant to program area
and/or Division.

Pursues affirmative action and Equal Employment
Opportunity (EEO) goals.

Pursues and/or is responsive to assignment on
special projects and temporary function teams across
the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff
communication, and effect coordination for special

Contributes ideas and effort to improving the
quality of policies and NSF’s performance of the
overall mission.

Develops policies and plans for strengthening
research and education programs.

Provides information to the community on how NSF
is pursuing its mission and gathers data and
impressions from the community on the effectiveness
of NSF’s performance of its mission.

Prepares and disseminates a variety of
informational documents which may include data on
progress being made toward NSF goals, trends and
opportunities papers, and budget plans.

The Program Director: 

Establish contacts and maintain active involvement
in research areas supported by the HS Program and
related areas through participation in professional

Maintains familiarity with salient current
research developments.

Pursues individual research as workload and travel
funds permit.

Expands administrative capabilities through
training courses or assumption of new management.

Relocation Authorized


Relocation MAY be paid contingent on the
availability of funds.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

Background investigation.

Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications &
Evaluations–see tab above.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a
discipline relevant to Hydrologic Sciences, plus
after award of the Ph. D., six or more years of
successful research, research administration, and/or
managerial experience pertinent to the position.
Relevant disciplines could include Physical
Sciences, Hydrology, or Environmental Sciences. You
will need to successfully complete a background
security investigation before you can be appointed
into this position.
Please preview “Evaluations” section and
“Qualifications” for additional requirements and
Quality Ranking Factors.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

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 or by tweeting


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Other Information

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.
This Program Director position is in the bargaining
Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds
For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system,
please visit our NSF eRecruit Frequently
Asked Questions.

This job
originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the
full announcement and to apply, http://ift.tt/1sZawL0.
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on
the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be

How to Apply

How to Apply

Your application must be submitted online and all
document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59
PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.
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
WARNING! Applications submitted online must have 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.
If you are unable to apply electronically, please use
the Contact Information below for special instructions
on how to submit your application materials. Hearing
impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-8044 for

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles
and theories relevant to Hydrologic Sciences as
demonstrated by publications, invited talks, and/or
professional recognition.

Research, analytical and technical writing skills that
demonstrate the ability to perform extensive inquiry
into a variety of significant issues as well as the
skills to make recommendations and decisions based on

Ability to manage an externally reviewed, proposal
driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a
spectrum of program goals.

Professional bearing, interpersonal communications
skills, and demonstrated ability to interact effectively
and convincingly with peers, senior managers at NSF,
members of the scientific community, managers of related
organizations, and representatives of other federal
agencies and foreign national programs to effectively
present, advocate and advance program policies, plans
and goals.

To preview questions please click here.

Required Documents

Required Documents

In order to be considered for
federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that
they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria 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.
You are strongly encouraged to submit a current
performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation
and a supplemental statement that describes how your
background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs)
listed in the Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements
section of this announcement. This information will be
used in the evaluation process.
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 can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s)
or the individual(s) can email the letter of
recommendation(s) toadsearch@nsf.gov;
please ask him/her to put your name and the job
announcement number in the subject line.
Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate
the year that each degree was obtained on your
application materials.All
faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM
Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are
faxing your information, please use extreme care in
dialing the fax number to assure we receive your
information. You will receive an email confirmation of
receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

National Science Foundation


Krystal Mendenhall
Phone: 703-292-4345
TDD: 703-292-8044

Email: kmendenh@associates.nsf.gov


National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315 
Fax: 000-000-0000

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