Biological Science Administrator (Program Director)

Division: Biological Infrastructure (BIO/DBI)
Directorate: Biological Sciences (BIO)
Job Type:
Appointment Type:
Temporary / Rotator
Pay Grade/Scale:
Salary Range:
$148,933 - $190,947
This job is open to the public

Application Timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date: Open until filled
Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin and will continue until a selection is made.

Position Summary

The Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation announces a nationwide search for two Program Officers (Rotators): (1) One position focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with a goal of broadening participation in biology at the multiple career stages and institution types supported by BIO; and, (2) One position focused on education and training in biology at the undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral levels. The Program Officers will be part of a collaborative team of program officers in the Human Resources Cluster that work with program officers across all BIO divisions to manage its new programs that have a strong focus on broadening participation in biology: BRC-BIO, RaMP, and BIO-LEAPS.

The Human Resources Cluster in DBI includes both innovative and capacity-building investments in the training and education of the next generation of biologists. Programs in this cluster span multiple career levels, they focus explicitly on preparing a diverse, globally-engaged workforce, and they recognize the value of collaboration and building inclusive networks of researchers. A critical component of all programs in this cluster is broadening participation of individuals from groups underrepresented in science to strengthen and expand the Nation’s scientific workforce by supporting diverse and inclusive research and training environments.

Position Description

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative science and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. This includes long-range planning and budget development for the areas of science represented by the programs, the administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, the preparation of press releases, feature articles and material describing advances in research and broader impacts supported, as well as coordination and liaison with other NSF programs, Federal agencies and organizations. This responsibility requires the appropriate scientific expertise and breadth of knowledge as well as a commitment to high standards, receptivity to new ideas, and a high degree of personal integrity.

The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option(s):

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement. 

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs.  Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General.

Applications will be accepted from U.S. 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. This also applies to individuals considered for IPA assignments to NSF. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered eligible.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement, subject to such exceptions as required by law. This policy applies to all NSF staff, to include employees, Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignees, Visiting Scientists, Engineers, and Educators (VSEEs), as well as fellows and interns. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or on-boarding with the agency, if after November 22. Upon selection, NSF will provide additional information regarding what documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a disciplinary area of the Biological Sciences, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration or managerial experience pertinent to the position. 

Strong skills in oral and written communication, experience working in teams, successful independent research normally expected of the academic rank of associate professor or higher is desired. We also seek the following additional experiences: (1) For the first position - experience launching or managing programs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in biology as well as experience in assessing program effectiveness. (2) For the second position – experience launching or managing programs related to education and training in biology at the undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral level and experience in assessing their effectiveness. Desirable qualifications for these positions include conducting disciplinary-based research in either focus area, administrative experience, and experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion broadly.

The following information should be sent to (1) A cover letter that includes contact information and a statement describing the candidate’s background that is specifically related to the position description; (2) A full CV. For questions prior to applying, please email the above email address. Candidates will begin to be considered February 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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