The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division of Research, Innovation, Synergies, and Education (RISE) through an assignment under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin 5/15/2023 and continue until a selection is made.
The mission of the RISE Division is to support novel, complex, or partnership projects in both research and education. These investments cut across traditional boundaries within the geosciences, encouraging interdisciplinary activities and responding directly to critical needs of the entire geoscience community. RISE’s principal goals are to develop innovative means to initiate and support geoscience education, attract underrepresented groups to careers in the geosciences, foster the interchange of scientific information nationally and internationally, and join with other parts of NSF in major integrative research and education efforts. The division makes strategic investments in multidisciplinary research areas, international activities, as well as education, diversity, and human resource development activities. The results of RISE investments will ensure that the United States has a well-educated and diverse workforce in the geosciences and in related technical fields such as resource exploration.
The RISE Division Director serves as a member of the GEO leadership team and as the Directorate’s principal for both research and education research and represents NSF to relevant external groups. The RISE Division Director is also expected to foster partnerships with other divisions, directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community. In collaboration with the Deputy Division Director, Program Directors, and Administrative Personnel the incumbent is responsible for the overall planning, management and commitment of budgeted funds for the Division, and overseeing and managing the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives. These activities include providing guidance to program directors and administrative personnel, recruitment of scientific staff, assessing operational needs and trends, developing programmatic opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, preparing, and justifying budget estimates, allocating resources, overseeing the merit review process, and concurring on recommendations for awards and declinations.
The position recruited under this announcement will be filled under the following appointment option(s):
Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of State and local government agencies or institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides the negotiated funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Initial IPA assignments are made for a one-year period and may be extended by mutual agreement.
The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research, administration, and increasing leadership responsibility in academe, industry or government. Additionally, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial and administrative management. The incumbent must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and be committed to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of the team.
The Qualification Requirements of the position are listed below:
- Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
- Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
- Results-Driven Leadership. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
- Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
- Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
- Education, strongly preferred at the Ph.D. level, or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in geosciences or a closely related field.
- Substantial research contributions and service to geosciences research and education communities as evidenced by publications, innovative leadership in research administration, broadening participation, and professional leadership and awards.
- Skill in balancing complex and diverse program demands and available resources in response to major advances or changing needs of science and engineering research and technology.
- Broad understanding of universities and other institutions where research and education in science and engineering is conducted, including knowledge of grant administration and fiscal management.
Please submit a current CV accompanied by a cover letter or supplemental statement that addresses the qualification requirements of the position. Applications should be transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed or delivered to the following address:
National Science Foundation
Executive Services Branch
Division of Human Resource Management
2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Room W 15200
Alexandria, VA 22314
ATTN: Kate Schroepfer Garcia
General professional inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. Alexandra Isern, Assistant Director, GEO
NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.