Acting Division Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)

Division: Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (BIO/MCB)
Directorate: Biological Sciences (BIO)
Job Type:
Senior Executive/Leadership
This job is open to NSF employees only

Application timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date:
Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin and will continue until a selection is made.

Position Summary

The Directorate for Biological Sciences is offering a detail opportunity to serve as the Acting Division Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB). This detail is open to all qualified NSF employees and is not expected to exceed 120 days. For purposes of pay and benefits, the selectee will continue to encumber the position from which detailed. The individual selected will be required to file an “Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report” (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 at the beginning and completion of the detail assignment.

Position Description

The Acting Division Director will provide overall vision and leadership, working jointly with the Deputy Division Director in oversight of all activities of the Division of MCB. This includes providing guidance to program officers, administrative and support personnel, recruitment of scientific staff, assessing needs and trends, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting. The Acting Division Director will supervise professional staff within the Division. The Acting Division Director will determine funding requirements, prepare and justify budget estimates, balance program needs, allocate resources, and oversee the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. The Acting Division Director will represent NSF to relevant external groups and foster partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community.

Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience, or a combination of education and equivalent experience in biological sciences or a closely related discipline.


Your application will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below:

  • Leading Change
  • Leading People
  • Results Driven
  • Business Acumen
  • Building Coalitions

Interested applicants must submit a resume and a narrative statement addressing their background regarding the qualification requirements. Applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. on the closing date. Applications may be submitted electronically to

Contact Information:

Shanae Mauney, 703-292-8608, email




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