Biologist, GS-401-11 MP

Employer
US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations
Location
Kingstowne, Virginia, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 19, 2021
Closes
Jul 23, 2021
Ref
2326762416
Discipline
Project Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Salary
* Duties Help Duties Summary This position is located in any Division in the Directorate of Biological Sciences. The Directorate for Biological Sciences supports research to advance understanding of the principles and mechanisms governing life. Research studies extend across systems that encompass biological molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems up to and including the global biosphere. Learn more about this agency Responsibilities The incumbent works collaboratively with others to perform tasks in support of Division Management and Program Directors and ensures that the function meets the scientific objectives and goals of the Division and the Directorate. The incumbent serves as the key scientific support person in the Division, responsible for the portfolio analysis of the Division's Investments in biological research and education. Specifically: PROGRAM ANALYSIS AND REPORTING: Serves as an analytical resource for scientific attributes of the Directorate portfolio and answers questions about how to access critical program data and analytical information. Develops, maintains, and updates program databases, (e.g., reviewer database, outreach/site visit database, facilities database), including the assignment of scientific attributes, such as expertise of the reviewers and outcomes of outreach and site visits. Gathers raw data from multiple scientific sources, such as literature databases and scientific databases in order to design queries; and analyzes and presents findings to management for analysis of scientific and infrastructure trends and business process improvement. Prepares analytical, comparative and statistical reports of program activities and scientific accomplishments in biological and related sciences, including analysis and reporting of scientific impacts of the Directorate investments. Conducts program analysis of the different areas of biosciences supported by the Directorate. Drafts routine analyses, reports and presentations for other staff review and use. MERIT REVIEW: Works with other staff to organize and oversee the proposal review process and on the classification of scientific areas in each portfolio. Responds to routine or complex inquiries from principal investigators/reviewers related to programmatic issues requiring professional scientific knowledge and judgment about research policy. Manages technical preparation for Advisory Committee and Committee of Visitors meetings (e.g., data collection, data analysis, preparation of portfolio analyses in scientific areas of strategic importance). OUTREACH AND COORDINATION: Identifies outreach needs from the research community and works with other staff to develop outreach plans, and interfaces with other Divisions/Directorates to plan and coordinate outreach/site visit activities. Oversees the coordination of logistical support for outreach activities and workshops; and drafts technical materials related to NSF supported research activities for presentations, tutorials, workshops, training, and poster sessions. May represent NSF by staffing booths at workshops and conferences, answering questions and providing information. BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT: Works collaboratively with other team members to restructure work process, standardize procedures, and implement changes for organizations supported. Evaluates the effectiveness of administrative procedures and the consistency of their contributions to the accomplishment of organization/program goals and objectives. PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Plans, develops, coordinates, organizes, implements, communicates, and tracks project plans, guidelines, procedures and timetables, including recommending changes in policy and management activities for these projects. Performs management studies to evaluate and measure the progress and success of projects assigned to identify and recommend ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of cross-directorate programs and activities. Collects pertinent statistical data and narrative information from a variety of sources within and outside NSF. Participates in management meetings held to make decisions with regard to modifying or initiating programs or projects. Competencies: * Program Analysis and Reporting * Policy Implementation and Organization Performance * Customer Service and Communication * Teamwork * Project Management and Special Activities Travel Required Not required Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 12 * Job family (Series) 0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences * Requirements Help Requirements Conditions of Employment * Background investigation. * Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt. * US citizenship. 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. Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent. You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date. 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 position is in the bargaining unit. Qualifications Basic Requirements: 1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. AND One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the federal service to qualify for this position. Examples of specialized experience include providing scientific and analytical support for merit review and award management and oversight processes; preparing analytical and statistical reports of program activities and scientific accomplishments in biological sciences; and scientific and technical analysis, documentation, and writing in support of reports and presentations regarding the biological research portfolios. OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in #1 above, plus appropriate specialized experience or additional education. Education You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in "Qualifications."

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