Acting Deputy Office Head

Office: Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA)
Directorate: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Job Type:
Senior Executive/Leadership
This job is open to NSF employees only

Application timeline

Date Posted:
Closing date:

Position Summary

The Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management is offering a detail opportunity to serve as the Acting Deputy Office Head, BFA. This detail is open to all qualified NSF employees currently working at NSF and will not exceed 90 days. For purposes of pay and benefits, the selectee will continue to encumber the position from which detailed. The individual selected may 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 Deputy Office Head serves a member of the leadership team of the Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management (BFA). The Deputy Office Head, BFA partners with the Office Head in providing leadership and direction for the development, analysis and execution of the Foundation’s budget; financial management of the Foundation’s operations; award and administration of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements; administration of the Foundations procurement, cost analysis and audit resolution functions; assessing, developing and communicating key policies for these operations; and coordination of policy and oversight of major facility and mid-scale research infrastructure projects.


In this leadership role, the incumbent must demonstrate an awareness of, and sensitivity to, the role of the Foundation in most effectively conducting its mission in support of science and engineering research and education. The incumbent works across NSF, including with fellow Deputy Assistant Directors (DADs) and Deputy Office Heads (DOHs) to collaborate and coordinate on NSF-wide strategic and tactical activities. The Deputy Office Head assumes the Office Head role in the absence of the Office Head.

Professional/Technical Requirements: Advanced degree strongly preferred (Masters & above) or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education in business/public administration, accounting, financial assistance, policy and program analysis.



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:

Dawn Patterson, 703-292-7083, email


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