Senior Executive/Leadership

Executive and managerial positions have the primary responsibility of leading and managing the NSF workforce. These executive and managerial positions may include Assistant Directors, Office Heads, Deputy Assistant Directors, Deputy Office Heads, Division Directors, Deputy Division Directors, Section Heads, and similar positions.


  • Senior Executive Service (SES) appointments may be on a career or limited term (3 years maximum) basis.
  • NSF Deputy Director approves appointments.
  • Open competition and OPM certification of executive qualifications are required for new Career appointments.

Recruiting Sources

Colleague solicitations, research and educational institutions, other federal agencies, OPM SES Vacancy Lists, and advertisements are posted on USAJobs and are widely distributed through colleague solicitations, OPM groups, and other recruitment sources. Opportunities may be also be viewed at


  • Candidates must meet SES Executive/Managerial requirements and professional/technical requirements for the position.