Biological Science Administrator (Program Director)

  • National Science Foundation
  • Arlington, VA, United States
  • Mar 17, 2017
Full time Administrative/Executive Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Research

Job Description

About the Agency

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) is seeking qualified candidates for a permanent Program Director in the Animal Behavior Program in its Behavioral Systems Cluster (BSC).

The BSC supports research in the area of integrative animal behavior to understand how and why individuals and groups of animals do what they do in nature. This includes species specific and comparative studies as well as modeling and theoretical approaches to discover and explore overarching principles of behavior and to advance a fully integrated understanding of the behavioral phenotype from genes to ecosystems.

More information about the Behavioral Systems Cluster (BSC) can be found here.

The January 23, 2017, Presidential Memorandum, entitled “Hiring Freeze,” ordered government agencies (including the National Science Foundation) to freeze all hiring of Federal civilian employees. In an effort to ensure NSF is best positioned to resume hiring after the hiring freeze expires and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues its plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce, NSF will continue its recruitment efforts (post job vacancy announcements, evaluate and screen applicants, interview, etc.). NO EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS WILL BE FILLED UNTIL RESOLUTION OF THE HIRING FREEZE, or the position qualifies for a hiring exemption pursuant to OMB guidance. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this process.

Duties

As Program Director you are responsible for the management of research and other scientific activities primarily through Federal grants and contracts to: academic, non-profit, and non-academic institutions such as professional organizations and the private sector. You will be responsible for administration of the peer review process, making award recommendations and managing an effective, timely peer review process, ensuring broad participation of reviewers and increasing involvement of under-represented groups. You will process awards and declinations, contacting successful applicants prior to the award of the grant and unsuccessful applicants as necessary. You will also be responsible for encouraging and supporting integrative, synthetic, and interdisciplinary research involving the biological sciences. Additional duties and responsibilities include the following:

Managing program resources so as to insure: integrity and consistency in the grant/declination process without conflict-of-interest; balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions; and participation of all qualified scientists. You will be responsible for planning and administration of programs within the framework of legislation, agency policies, missions, objectives, and resources. You will serve as spokesperson for the program to the scientific community. You will be responsible for long-range planning and budget development for the BSC.

Coordinating and serving as liaison with other programs in NSF and other Federal agencies and organizations. You will provide scientific expertise, evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international programs, other research programs, and cross-directorate programs. You will maintain a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through Program, Division, Directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.

Providing assistance to investigators whenever feasible. You will follow the progress of grantees through site visits, progress and fiscal reports, and correspondence.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses MAY be paid subject to funds availability.

Closes Wednesday 3/29/2017

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Job Level

Senior-level, Executive-level

Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$123,223 to $174,569/year. Series & Grade AD-0401-04.