The primary purpose of the position is to oversee, manage, analyze, and process grant, cooperative agreement, interagency agreement, and other agreement actions while providing financial and administrative support to NSF award recipients and to internal scientific program staff.
- Planning, advising upon, and managing a series of grants and other agreements in support of complex research, facilities and education projects or other activities involving large dollar amounts or unusual situations;
- Identifying and developing program implementation strategies and alternatives for new initiatives and activities;
- Advising and assisting NSF program managers in selecting the most effective methods of generating proposals and methods, techniques and instruments for implementing widely differing types of proposed projects or activities, including, but not limited to, grants, contracts, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and Memoranda of Understanding;
- Providing direct advice and assistance to program management in formulating, drafting, reviewing and finalizing program solicitations, announcements, brochures and other appropriate proposal generating mechanisms; and
- Providing grants management policy guidance, budget development guidance and other business and NSF policy advice as required.
To qualify for the GS-9, you must have one of the following: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in supporting the Federal Grants Management process. Examples of experience should include: reviewing routine grants, agreements and proposals for completeness; obtaining additional complex information when necessary; and completing related assignments to develop skills and knowledge in grants management. OR Have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree. OR Have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master`s or equivalent graduate degree. OR Have a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have one of the following: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in processing grants and agreements during the Federal Grants Management process. Examples of specialized experience should include: strong knowledge of various assistance mechanisms, techniques, and procedures from fundamental to complex grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, other agreements and Memoranda of Understanding; strong knowledge of procurement policies and requirements applicable to sub-awards. OR Have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. OR Have a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level being responsible for managing, analyzing, and overseeing all aspects of the federal grants and agreements processes. Examples of specialized experience should include: working knowledge of various assistance mechanisms, techniques, and procedures from fundamental to grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, other agreements, and Memoranda of Understanding; basic knowledge of procurement policies and requirements applicable to sub-awards.
Experience refers to paid/unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) & other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, & skills & can provide valuable training/experience that translates directly to paid work. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include the initial online assessment and submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section above. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. The application process is as follows:
- To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button.
- Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all necessary supporting documentation.
- Click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on the announcement closing date.
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