Program Director, Division of Social and Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

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Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 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 Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES) seeks to enhance our understanding of individual, social and organizational behavior by creating and sustaining social science infrastructure, by supporting disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that advances knowledge in the social and economic sciences and by facilitating community building among scientists of all types. More information about SES programs can be found here .

Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) Program:

The DRMS Program supports scientific research directed at increasing the understanding and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Ideal candidates would have expertise in basic scientific research in the areas of judgment and decision making; decision analysis; behavioral economics; management science and societal and public policy decision making.
DUTIES: The individual selected for this position will serve as a Program Director in the DRMS program and other SES programs as needed. The responsibilities of the NSF Program Director include, for example, long-range planning and budget development, administration of the merit review process and proposal recommendations, portfolio management, and post award monitoring of funded projects, including site visits and review of annual and final reports. Additional duties and responsibilities include the coordination and management of discipline-based proposals and awards in SES programs; participation in all phases of the solicitation, review and management of proposals submitted to assigned programs; representing SES at professional meetings and conferences; conducting analyses and preparing reports for programs and other SBE and SES activities; contributing to the Foundation-wide coordination of activities for broadening participation; and representing the division in cross-directorate and interagency initiatives. Finally, the Program Director is expected to maintain familiarity with salient current research developments and pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in psychology, economics, decision science, management science, or a related discipline. In addition, six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program of interest.

You must meet eligibility requirements before 11:59PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities relevant to the duties of the position.

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BENEFITS: Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the home institution will continue to administer pay and benefits. NSF will reimburse the home institution for NSF's negotiated share of the cost of the assignment. Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment include employees of State and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, federally funded research and development centers, and qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information regarding an IPA assignment, visit our website .

Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution.

For Visiting Scientist appointments, individuals are in a non-pay leave status from their home institutions and are appointed to NSF's payroll as Federal employees. NSF withholds Social Security and provides reimbursement to the home institution for fringe benefits. For information regarding Visiting Scientist appointments, visit our website .

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OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses will be paid subject to funds availability.

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