NSF Program Director position: Undergraduate STEM Education

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Lunes, 6 abril 2015

Job Title: STEM Education Administrator (Program Director)

Agency: National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:DUE-2015-0006



$107,325.00 to $167,252.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 9, 2015 to Monday, April 6, 2015




Full-time. - Permanent.




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
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Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law requires Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavitto their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered.


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About the Agency

The NSF is seeking qualified candidates for a permanent Program Director position in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Arlington, VA. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the preparation of the pre-K to 12 STEM teacher corps and in addition have a background in a STEM field, experience with STEM undergraduate education, and knowledge of STEM education research.

EHR is responsible for programs that strengthen STEM education at all levels and in all settings across the U.S. in order to support the development of a diverse, well-prepared workforce of scientists, engineers and educators who work to enhance the quality of life, health and prosperity of all citizens.

DUE manages a range of grant programs that constitute a comprehensive approach to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at two and four year colleges and universities. This approach strengthens links to the K-12 sector through a commitment to pre-service teacher preparation, and it also supports and leverages education research. These programs support the research and development of innovative educational materials, courses, curricula, pedagogical techniques, and assessment instruments and methods; stimulate and enable research on learning and institutional change; promote scientific literacy; advance professional development for faculty; engage institutions and industry to collaborate on workforce development; and provide opportunities for institutions to award scholarships for students.

DUE's programs and other leadership efforts focus on promoting high quality college level STEM education research and development, along with increasing the diversity of students and faculty and fostering collaboration.

More information about DUE programs can be found at their website.


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The STEM Education Administrator (Program Director) will coordinate the management of undergraduate education proposals and awards in DUE programs; participate in all phases of the solicitation, review and management of proposals submitted to assigned programs; conduct post-award monitoring of funded projects, including site visits and review of annual and final reports; represent DUE at professional meetings and conferences; conduct analyses and prepare reports and internal budget plans for programs and other EHR and DUE activities; contribute to the Foundation-wide coordination of scholarly activities for undergraduate STEM education; collaborate with colleagues from other EHR divisions to provide leadership in broadening participation in STEM disciplines and in pre-K to 16 STEM education research; and represent the division in cross-directorate and interagency initiatives related to undergraduate education, including measures to keep both the content and teaching approaches current in and conforming with contemporary advances in STEM and current STEM education research findings.

This position is needed to address significant proposal pressure and award management within the area of pre-K to 12 STEM teacher education, and to help provide outstanding leadership in the field.


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Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a STEM or STEM Education field or a Ph.D. in Education with a STEM emphasis plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of experience in STEM education at the undergraduate level, including work in STEM teacher education.

The individual selected must be able to interact on a peer basis with senior scientific and managerial personnel throughout NSF, other Federal agencies, academia, and the private sector. The ability to build bridges with the NSF Directorates is a necessity in order to help coordinate education efforts.


You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and research relevant to the duties of the position. We strongly encourage you to specifically address the Quality Ranking Factors below. This will ensure that you receive full consideration in the evaluation process.


  1. Experience and demonstrated scholarship in research related to the preparation and development of the pre-K to 12 STEM teacher corps at both the undergraduate level and current practitioner level.
  2. Ability to design, plan, coordinate and manage a complex portfolio and program deliverables to achieve organizational objectives.
  3. Ability to manage an externally-reviewed proposal-driven grants program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of program goals.
  4. Knowledge of pre-K to 12 teacher education in a STEM field, curriculum development, and STEM education research and evaluation.
  5. Research, analytical, presentation, and technical writing skills that evidence the ability to communicate effectively with representatives from the undergraduate STEM community to develop and advocate programs, policies, and plans.
  6. Ability to interact, on a peer basis, with senior scientific and managerial personnel throughout NSF, other Federal agencies, academia and the private sector.

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