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Communications / Public Affairs

Communications/Public Affairs

Communications/Public Affairs

Employees perform a variety of duties that support the communications operations of the agency. Positions support communication to internal and external audiences with information about the activities, programs, research results, and policies of the National Science Foundation, such as: Legislative or Public Affairs Specialists, Communications Specialist, Technical Writers, and Writer Editors.

Business Operations

Business Operations

These employees have the opportunity to formulate and track budgets, examine and audit expenditures, maintain IT systems and software, provide legal support, administer grants and contracts, provide input on human capital issues, and offer support for various business operational needs.

Program Administration

Program Administration

Positions with the primary responsibility for the administrative support of the NSF core mission, such as  Administrative Managers, Operations Specialists, Program Assistants, Science Assistants, Administrative Support Assistants, Program Specialists, Program Analysts, and other similar positions.

Senior Executive/Leadership

Senior Executive/Leadership

Executive and managerial positions have the primary responsibility of leading and managing the NSF workforce. These executive and managerial positions may include Assistant Directors, Office Heads, Deputy Assistant Directors, Deputy Office Heads, Division Directors, Deputy Division Directors, Section Heads, and similar positions.

STEM

STEM

These positions are directly responsible for the delivery of the NSF core mission.  Program Directors are the main type of position in this category and they serve as Engineers, Scientists, Educators, Mathematicians, Statisticians, Physical Scientists, Biologists, and in similar areas of science.

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Students and Recent Graduates

Students and Recent Graduates

The Pathways Program is structured to recruit the next generation of the best and brightest to the federal workforce. Through NSF's Pathways Program, current students can find internships in a variety of different fields, recent graduates can work in a variety of fields, and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program provides a path to a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.

Programs for Veterans

Programs for Veterans

The National Science Foundation (NSF) maintains a diverse workforce, which includes the hiring of veterans through programs sponsored by the federal government and NSF.