This position is for a Management and Program Analyst located in the Division of Administrative Services (DAS), Office of Information and Resource Management, National Science Foundation. DAS supports the day-to-day business of the agency by providing for the overall infrastructure, operating state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities, and taking leadership roles in disseminating information about the Foundation's programs to the external community.

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Performance Planning and Analysis

  • Serves as a technical advisor to the Director/Deputy Director and other DAS managers on planning, developing, organizing, and delivering DAS products and services in support of NSF mission activities. Identifies significant milestones and develops metrics to assess the quality and efficiency of DAS program activities. Develops performance plans, performance indicators, strategic management plans, project plans, and milestones to guide implementation of major DAS initiatives. Provides analytical expertise, and/or improves the efficiency and effectiveness of program and administrative operations. Conducts strategic planning activities and caries out annual strategy evaluation and provides support on initiative strategies. Prepares issue briefs, decision memos, technical guidance, and other associated analyses and information products to assist in effective Division decision-making related to strategy development and evaluation.
  • Leads development of formal, structured strategic and operational plans. Reviews organizational performance, the external environment, and available resources to recommend priorities to the Director/Deputy Director. Ensures that DAS organizational objectives are directly linked to goals and performance objectives embodied in the NSF Strategic Plan, support clients' missions and programs, and are consistent with DAS strategic priorities.
  • Develops and applies quantitative and qualitative criteria to assess the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of DAS operations and services. Applies an understanding of DAS business drivers and organizational relationships to identify critical interrelationships and assess their impact on long and short term goals and objectives. Recommends new processes, systems, or policies to enhance organizational performance. Reviews resources deployed to support operations and recommends adjustments to optimize use of funds and staff.

Business Process

  • Ensures that plans, objectives, and reviews of program performance inform DAS policies and business processes. Develops or recommends changes to DAS policies and processes. Monitors compliance as appropriate. Advises the Director/Deputy on pending developments related to DAS programs and assesses the impact of external requirements such as laws, regulations, and executive orders. Ensures accurate and consistent interpretations of policy throughout the division. Reviews materials for adherence to federal/NSF policies and clearance processes that have policy implications (e.g., solicitations, management plans, presentations) and maintains liaison with other offices on policy changes and implementation.
  • Works with the DAS Director/Deputy Director and Branch Chiefs to ensure that administrative, operational, and program support work meet the needs, goals and objectives of stakeholders. Communicates clients' concerns and questions to the appropriate DAS group for resolution. Reviews current and proposed DAS operating policies, procedures, and workflow. Analyzes current and proposed programs to determine whether they are economically feasible and provide optimal support to clients. Identifies and recommends alternative solutions, new or revised business processes, or program adjustments to facilitate policy implementation if reviews indicate negative or unsustainable impacts. Develops and distributes communications to ensure consistent application of policies and procedures across the Division.


  • Creative Thinking
  • Organizational Performance Analysis
  • Performance Measurement
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Written Communication

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation
  • US citizenship
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


To qualify at the GS-13 level, an applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: advising senior management on integrating data analytics programs and creating data visualizations; planning, scheduling, and conducting projects and studies to assess the effectiveness or efficiency of program operations; establishing criteria and reports or tools to measure or predict the attainment of program or organizational goals and objectives.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.

Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least "Very Good."

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

All applicants should submit a resume/CV of their choice, and may also submit a cover letter.

Additional Documents, if applicable, may include: Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note: An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Performance appraisals and awards may be considered during the evaluation process if voluntarily submitted.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

All uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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