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    Job Title: Science Policy Analyst (AD-101, 401, 801, 1301, 1520, 1550-03)

    Agency: National Science Foundation

    Sub Agency: National Science Foundation

    Job Announcement Number: NSB-2011-0002


    SALARY RANGE:

    $89,033.00 – $140,259.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Friday, August 05, 2011 to Friday, August 26, 2011

    SERIES & GRADE:

    AD-1550
    1520
    1301
    0401-03/03

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full-time. Permanent.

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    03

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    Few vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Arlington, VA

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. As permitted, Non-Citizens may also be considered.

    Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, if selected for a Federal Appointment, only “US Citizens and non-US Citizens who are permanent US residents actively seeking US citizenship” are eligible for employment. If offered employment, you will be asked to provide evidence of your status.

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Please DO NOT USE the APPLY ONLINE BUTTON when applying for this announcement. Your application material should be sent to the email address indicated in the How To Apply section below.

    Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 50 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 NSF is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Science Policy Analyst within the National Science Board Office (NSBO), Arlington, VA. The NSBO supports the work of the National Science Board (NSB). The NSB is responsible for pursuing the goals and function of the NSF, including the duty to ‘recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering. The NSB has two important roles. First, it establishes the policies of NSF within the framework of applicable national policies set forth by the President and the Congress. In this capacity, the Board identifies issues that are critical to NSF’s future, approves NSF’s strategic budget directions and the annual budget submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and approves new major programs and awards. The second role of the Board is to serve as an independent body of advisors to both the President and Congress on national policy issues related to science and engineering research and education. In addition to major reports, the NSB also publishes occasional policy papers or statements on issues of importance to U.S. science and engineering. For more information about NSB, please visit here.


    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Arlington, VA

    In providing support to the National Science Board (Board), the Science Policy Analyst, works under the direct supervision of the National Science Board Office (NSBO), Policy Branch Chief with responsibility for performing analyses of issues brought before the Board. Prepares or ensures the preparation of written reports and recommendations and/or provides oral briefings to stakeholders. Works with the NSF staff, including program officers and senior researchers, to provide an integrated and responsible effort for programs of interest to the Board. Contributes to the efforts of the overall NSBO policy staff, or manages Board projects or task force areas under the direction of more senior staff, or works in an environment that combines these attributes. Prepares the content for major NSB publications and oversees publication design and distribution to the President, Congress and the public. Develops and writes policy documents as directed by the NSBO Policy Branch Chief, working directly with NSB Members and NSBO and NSF senior management and staff on Board matters. Recommends development of short and long-range plans for program areas studied by the Board. Works with the Board’s counsel to ensure that the Board is following Congressional statute and, meeting policy and legal guidelines, including the Government in the Sunshine Act. Under the supervision of the NSBO Policy Branch Chief, designs and collects information and data utilizing statistical or analytical methods to research and study topics.


    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
    Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or its equivalent experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines and/or another relevant discipline(s), plus four or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience in academe, industry, or government.
    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research 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

    1. Knowledge of national policy issues specific to STEM, STEM education, and/or NSF.

    2. Experience with federal science policy development.

    3. Written and oral communications skills and outreach experience.

    4. Experience with Boards or other high level panels.
    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    – Pre-tax parking
    – Public transportation subsidy
    – Child development center on site
    – Child care subsidy
    – Flexible working hours
    – Telecommuting
    – Physical fitness facility on site
    – NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    – Health services unit on site
    – Employee assistance program

    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.

    Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.

    This Science Policy Analyst position is in the bargaining unit.

    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

    You must submit your application so that it will be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    You may submit a resume or other application document of your choice. Please include the job announcement number and your country of citizenship. You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation, along with a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors 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.

    For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

    NSF is an environmentally conscious Federal agency dedicated to paper reduction. Please help support our efforts by submitting all application materials via email. This will facilitate timely receipt and help save our environment. Applications and other materials should be transmitted electronically no later than midnight of the closing date to [email protected]. Please include the vacancy announcement number in the subject line of the email.

    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) 292-5090 for assistance.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    KENYA B. LYONS
    Phone: 703-292-8781
    Fax: 703-292-9279
    TDD: 703-292-5090
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    National Science Foundation
    4201 Wilson Blvd
    Room 315
    Arlington, VA 22230
    Fax: 703-292-9279

    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.

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