NSF Program Officer position

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of Program Director in the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Facilities Section (NFS) in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) in Arlington, VA.

AGS funds research and facilities to add new understanding to the behavior of the Earth’s atmosphere and its interactions with the sun. Specific research areas supported by AGS include:

  • Studies of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of earth's upper and lower atmosphere and its space environment.
  • Research on climate processes and variations.
  • Studies to understand the natural global cycles of gases and particles in earth's atmosphere. 

AGS supports the atmospheric and related sciences community with a portfolio of observing facilities and through the NCAR, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center based in Boulder, Colorado. NCAR is currently managed under a cooperative agreement between the Foundation and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a consortium of over 100 North American universities. NCAR scientists conduct research in atmospheric and related sciences and work with universities and other organizations to coordinate large-scale atmospheric research projects. In addition, NCAR and certain universities operate major aircraft, supercomputers, and other facilities for use by researchers throughout the atmospheric science community.

The scientific oversight of NCAR is the responsibility of the entire AGS division, with leadership, oversight and program management provided by the AGS NCAR and NFS. NFS also manages the AGS programs in lower atmospheric observing facilities and in education and cross-cutting research.

More information about AGS and its programs can be found here.

KEY REQUIREMENTS
Background investigation.
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DUTIES
As Program Director in AGS you are responsible for working closely with program officers in AGS and throughout NSF, you will participate in the programmatic oversight, management and planning associated with the cooperative agreement under which NCAR is managed and operated. You will also perform program management activities associated with the Section’s other facilities, education and cross-cutting programs. Specific duties will include:

  • Review and evaluate NCAR program and strategic plans to ensure that they align with the emerging needs of the atmospheric and related science community and AGS priorities;
  • Undertake long-range planning and budget development for AGS’s funding of NCAR and the section’s other programs;
  • Develop policies in regard to support of NCAR activities;
  • Manage reviews and other evaluations of NCAR programs, facilities and management;
  • Review and evaluate proposed infrastructure and facilities projects. Provide programmatic oversight of funded projects, ensuring compliance with relevant federal policies and regulations and scientific requirements;
  • In collaboration with colleagues in the NCAR and NFS and elsewhere in NSF, develop solicitations and other competition material for the programs and other activities that fall within the purview of the section. Manage proposal review, ensuring a rigorous and fair process with appropriate participation by members of underrepresented groups;
  • Serve as a primary liaison between AGS and NCAR management and staff; and
  • Undertake other program officer responsibilities as needed.

You will perform the duties and carries out the responsibilities of this position under the supervision of the Head of the NCAR and NFS.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
Applicants must have a Ph.D in an appropriate scientific discipline, plus after award of the Ph.D. six or more years of successful research, research support, research administration, science support and logistics planning, and/or research support managerial experience pertinent to the position that demonstrates progressively increasing level of responsibility; OR a Masters’ degree in an appropriate scientific discipline, plus after award of the Master’s degree, eight or more years of successful research, research support, research administration, science support and logistics planning, and/or research support managerial experience pertinent to the position that demonstrates progressively increasing level of responsibility.

Appropriate scientific disciplines are: atmospheric science, geospace science, physics, chemistry, environmental science, or a closely related field.

The successful applicant requires not only knowledge in the appropriate scientific discipline but also a commitment to high scientific standards, considerable breadth of scientific interest and receptivity to new ideas. Also necessary are a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity and ethics, decisiveness, and an ability effectively to lead individuals and teams across a variety of institutional cultures within Federal and state government agencies, legislative bodies, and private sector organizations.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position. For more information and the original job posting, click here.

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