Astronomer (Program Director)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2020
Archive Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2020
To event remaining 36 days
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Management
Institution Classification/Type: 
Government Agency
Institution/Company: 
National Science Foundation
Department Name: 
Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)
Street Line 1: 
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
City: 
Alexandria
State/Province: 
VA
Zip/Postal: 
22314
Country: 
United States of America
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

Responsibilities

The mission of AST is to support forefront research in ground-based astronomy; to help ensure the scientific excellence of the U.S. astronomical community; to provide access to world-class research facilities through merit review; to support the development of new instrumentation and next-generation facilities; and to encourage broad understanding of the astronomical sciences by a diverse population of scientists, policy makers, educators, and the public at large. The Division supports research in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics as well as related multidisciplinary studies. Because of the scale of modern astronomical research, the Division engages in numerous interagency and international collaborations. Areas of emphasis and the priorities of specific programs are guided by community recommendations, which have been developed and transmitted by National Academies decadal surveys and reports, and by federal advisory committees.

The candidate(s) selected for this position will have responsibility in one or more of the following areas: management oversight of one or more mid-scale instrumentation/science awards; management oversight of facilities; and interaction with other NSF programs, Federal and international agencies and organizations. Program Directors are expected to bring their scientific expertise to the activities of the Division, and to serve as a liaison between the astronomical community and NSF, disseminating information about NSF and Division activities and opportunities.   Candidates are expected to work with the astronomical research and education community to broaden the diversity of participants in NSF programs.

Duties

The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director are constantly evolving. The Program Director is guided by the goals of NSF’s Strategic Plan: (1) transform the frontiers of science and engineering; (2) stimulate innovation and address societal needs through research and education; and (3) excel as a Federal Science Agency. The core strategies NSF staff employ include developing intellectual capital, strengthening the physical infrastructure, integrating research and education, and promoting partnerships. Duties may include one or more of the following:

Conducting appropriate oversight of facilities in operation or under construction, including activities such as review of budgets and annual program plans, and possible divestment, re-purposing, or transition of individual facility components.

Providing advice to the MPS/AST Division Director on all aspects of major facilities planning, construction, and management of operations, as well as coordination of mid-scale activities.

Working closely with peers and agency officials to plan, facilitate, evaluate, and oversee broad and complex directorate-wide activities related to major MPS scientific facilities.

Overseeing and participating in the preparation of major facility award and decision packages to be presented to the National Science Board and internal review boards, potentially requiring the formation of internal/external advisory structures and coordination with other agencies.

Developing and executing partnerships with other Federal agencies, international organizations, and private/university entities within the United States, for both mid-scale and large facilities.

Advising and assisting in the development of short-and-long-range plans, establishing goals and objectives for research programs. As appropriate, incorporating the recommendations of Federal advisory committees (Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee; Mathematical and Physical Sciences Advisory Committee) and their subcommittees, as well as input from National Academies studies, into the development of these plans.

Working with the Office of the Director in developing processes for assessing priorities of large projects across MPS disciplines.

Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$147458.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$189056.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Anja Lindsley
Institution/Company: 
National Science Foundation
Department Name: 
Human Resource Management
Street Line 1: 
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
State/Province: 
Alexandria
Zip/Postal Code: 
22314
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 
703-292-4396
Email: 
alindsle@nsf.gov
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
558754300
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Donna O'Malley
Subject: 
Astronomer (Program Director)
Email: 
domalley@nsf.gov