Cultural Anthropologist

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The National Science Foundation is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Program Director in the Cultural Anthropology Program, in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), within the Directorate for Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBE), Arlington, VA.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. Fulfilling this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.
The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as the interactions between human and natural systems. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops.
The Cultural Anthropology Program supports basic scientific research about the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Cultural anthropologists analyze human social and cultural behavior holistically. This integrated approach makes anthropology a valuable research tool for understanding the modern world. The Program encourages innovative research that contributes to building spatially and temporally specific theory that extends understanding beyond individual case studies.
More information about the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences can be found here. Background investigation. Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.
Articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field's needs and future development;
Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;
Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;
Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits.
You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.
Please preview "Evaluations" section and "Qualifications" for additional requirements and Quality Ranking Factors. You will be evaluated on the extent and quality of your experience, expertise, education, and research activities 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.
Quality Ranking Factors
1. Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a program director in support of NSF's mission.
2. Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, and maintaining transparency and accountability in the proposal review and award management process.
3. Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles, practices and techniques.
4. Ability to work collaboratively with representatives of other programs and agencies so as to enhance interdisciplinary research and the mission of NSF.
5. Ability to assess trends and opportunities in the field, to articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and to assemble a portfolio of awards in order to fulfill this vision. Development of the vision and portfolio is to be developed in consultation and collaboration with colleagues within and external to the Foundation.
6. Knowledge and ability to act as expert regarding Human Subjects Research in the social and behavioral sciences.
To preview questions please click here. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field directly related to Cultural Anthropology, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. Also, experience and expertise in the area of federal regulations concerning the use and protection of human participants in research is particularly desirable.
In addition to above qualification, the ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination management process is highly desired. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission. Your application must be submitted online and all document faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.
You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Frequently Asked Questions.
WARNING! Applications submitted online must have 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.
If you are unable to apply electronically, please use the Contact Information below for special instructions on how to submit your application materials. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD for assistance.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS. In order to be considered for federal appointments, Non-Citizens must affirm that they meet the Appropriations Law eligibility criteria by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-Citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will not be considered. Non-Citizens who are exempt from the Appropriations Law requirements due to their status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on December 16, 2009 must provide a statement with their application noting their exemption with documentation of proof of status as officers or employees of the U.S. government on that date.
You are strongly encouraged to submit a current performance appraisal and/or letter(s) of recommendation and a supplemental statement that describes how your background relates to the Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs) listed in the _Qualifications and Evaluation Requirements_ section of this announcement. This information will be used in the evaluation process.
We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey Form. This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.
You can fax or upload your letter of recommendation(s) or the individual(s) can email the letter of recommendation(s) to ; please ask him/her to put your name and the job announcement number in the subject line.
Transcripts are not required; however, please indicate the year that each degree was obtained on your application materials.
All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information. You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s). Shortly after the announcement closes, you will be notified as to whether or not you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you do, you will receive further consideration and evaluation. If the position is in the bargaining unit, and your application is referred to the selecting official, you will be contacted for an interview. Interviews for positions not in the bargaining unit may be conducted at the discretion of the selecting official. All qualified applicants will receive final notification of the outcome of the job opportunity announcement.
You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website. A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:
Pre-tax parking
Public transportation subsidy
Child development center on site
Child care subsidy
Flexible working hours
Physical fitness facility on site
NSF Federal Credit Union on site
Health services unit on site
Employee assistance program If you do not have civil service status or reinstatement eligibility, you will not obtain civil service status if selected. If you are currently in the competitive civil service, you will be required to waive competitive civil service rights if selected.
This Program Director position is in the bargaining unit.
Relocation expenses may be paid subject to funds availability.
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