Acting Deputy Division Director

Division: Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (EDU/DRL)
Directorate: STEM Education (EDU)
Job Type:
Senior Executive/Leadership
This job is open to NSF employees only

Application timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date:

Position Summary

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to June 25, 2021.

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is offering a detail opportunity to serve as the Acting Deputy Division Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL). This detail is open to all qualified NSF employees and IPAs currently working at NSF and will not exceed one year, in 120-day increments. 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 Division of Research on Learning (DRL) is located in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The mission of EHR is to provide the research foundation to develop a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-literate public and workforce ready to advance the frontiers of science and engineering for society. To support this mission, DRL cultivates and catalyzes fundamental and applied research and development to improve the learning of STEM for the Nation. DRL's portfolio encompasses learning of all STEM topics, for all age groups, in formal, informal, and online settings.


The Deputy Division Director for Research on Learning (DRL) participates with the Division Director in the management of division activities and in providing broad scientific expertise across DRL programs. Responsibilities include: assistance in program planning and direction; participation in budget presentation and rationale; provision of scientific expertise across the range of division activities; representation of the division's programs and interest to senior officials in the government, academia and industrial sectors; coordination of EHR with other NSF organizations; assisting the Division Director and Assistant Director on both policy and technical level issues, initiatives, and other matters pertaining to STEM learning. In the absence of the Division Director, the Deputy assumes the responsibilities of that position, coordinating activities with EHR Assistant Director, as well as other members of the EHR Leadership Team.


Professional/Technical Requirements: Ph.D./Ed.D. or a combination of education and equivalent professional experience, in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).



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 specially 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 in terms of the qualification requirements. Applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. on the closing date. Applications should be submitted electronically to


Contact Information:

Isis Thomas, 703-292-4541, email

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