The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) through an assignment under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). The deadline for the submission of applications is January 21, 2021.
The Division Director serves as a member of the Directorate for Engineering leadership team and serves as the Foundation’s principal spokesperson in the areas supported by the Division. Provides leadership and direction to the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environment, and Transport Systems (CBET). CBET supports innovative research and education in the fields of chemical engineering, bioengineering, and civil/environmental engineering, and in areas that involve the transformation and/or transport of matter and energy by chemical, thermal, or mechanical means.
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 CBET Division, assessing the needs and trends in research and education related to the Division’s programs, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to senior level CBET staff (Deputy Division Director), program officers, administrative and support personnel. Determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies the budget, 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, and the academic community to advance the mission and vision of ENG.
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.
The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research, administration, and increasing leadership responsibility in academe, industry or government. Additionally, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial and administrative management. The incumbent must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and be committed to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of the team.
The Qualification Requirements of the position are listed below:
- 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 changing environment.
- 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.
- Results-Driven 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 risks.
- Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
- Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
- Education strongly preferred at the Ph.D. level or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil/environmental engineering or a closely related field in engineering and physical sciences.
- Substantial research contributions and strong evidence of scholarship in areas related to those listed above as evidenced in publications, innovative leadership in research administration, and/or professional leadership and awards in these technical areas.
- Skill in changing and balancing complex and diverse program demands and available resources in response to major advances or changing needs of science and engineering research and technology and demonstrated ability to exercise sound professional judgment in recommending the initiation of research in the fields listed above.
- Broad understanding of universities and other institutions where research and education in science and engineering is conducted. Knowledge of grant administration and fiscal management and budget preparation with experience in engineering research support.
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: This position will be filled under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). 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 of 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 funding toward the assignee’s salary and benefits. Further information regarding IPA positions is available at http://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/ipa.jsp.
Conditions of Employment: Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens only. Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful completion of the appropriate background investigation and selectee must have or be able to obtain a (Secret) Government security clearance.
Application Instructions: Please submit a current CV accompanied by a cover letter or supplemental statement that addresses the qualification requirements of the position. Applications should be transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
General professional inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. Andrea Belz, Division Director, IIP/ENG
Search Committee Chair
Email : email@example.com