Section Head, Polar Environment, Safety and Health Section

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Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.
This position will be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment. The Head of the Polar Environment, Safety and Health (PESH) Section is responsible to the Director of the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) for the overall planning, management, and oversight of environmental, safety and health aspects of research and operations supported by NSF and conducted in polar regions. The responsibilities extend to the activities of all Federal agencies in Antarctica. The PESH Section Head supervises PESH staff at NSF including Safety and Medical Officers.
Additional duties include the following:
Develop environmental, safety and health program plans for the U.S. programs in polar regions in support of long-range scientific and national goals.
Oversee the planning, coordination and management of policy and direction for all aspects of environmental, safety and health related to PLR-supported activities.
Establish priorities for environmental, health and safety activities and provide the Division Director with the technical, budgetary, and programmatic information needed for the formulation of Division-wide budgets and long-range plans.
Provide oversight of the environmental, safety and health related aspects of facilities of the U. S. Antarctic Program, including those at three land-based medical clinics, in the isolated sick bays aboard research vessels, and at remote field stations, together with associated emergency response coordination.
Oversee the development, review, and evolution of health screening criteria for participants in the U.S. Antarctic Program and an appropriate subset of particpants in projects supported by the Arctic Section
Supervise a staff of safety and health experts as well as Deputy U.S. Marshals assigned to Antarctica, and assure appropriate independence of decision-making on these issues while providing oversight leadership to reduce safety, financial and legal risks
The PESH Section Head serves as a member of the PLR leadership team and promotes liaison between the Section and other units of the Division and NSF, and other agencies and international organizations involved in support of environmental, safety and health goals in polar regions. PLR consists of four sections with a staff of approximately 60, and administers an annual budget of $450 million. PLR supports research in all areas of fundamental science and engineering in polar regions through research grants and awards to universities and other research organizations and through the provision for logistics support and infrastructure in the remote polar regions. Additional information about PLR can be found here.
1. Advanced degree in either an area of science supported by the Division, in environmental or safety and health studies, or in a professional field.
2. Ability to develop and manage a program that uses contracts, grants, and other agreement mechanisms needed to support a world-class research program in an operating environment that is constrained by budget, environment policy compliance, and human health and safety matters.
3. Demonstrated record of success in policy development, implementation and oversight responsibilities.
4. Demonstrated ability to work with program representatives from government and international agencies, contractor personnel and the science community as demonstrated by the ability to organize complex activities and to represent policies and objectives.
Applicants will be screened for basic eligibility according to the qualification requirements. Eligible applicants will be reviewed by an Evaluation Panel according to the criteria based on the qualification requirements. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, physical disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit reason.
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1. Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution conflicts.
3. Results-Driven Leadership. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial Qualifications (ECQs/EMs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.
For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications.
You must submit your application so that it will be received by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the announcement.
Ensure that your application includes the documents listed below and reflects your background in terms of the qualification requirements for the position.
1. Resume or other application format of your choice . Your application should contain the following information: Announcement number and your country of citizenship ( Non-Citizens must certify eligibility 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. ); Information about your education, your major, and type and year of degree(s); and Information about all your work experience, including job titles, duties, and accomplishments, employer's name and phone number, number of hours worked per week, starting and ending dates (month and year), and salary. If you have held various positions with the same employer, describe each separately.
2. Narrative statement addressing your background in terms of (a)the executive/managerial, and (b)the professional/technical requirements .
3. NSF Form 1232, Applicant Survey . 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.
4. Appointment is contingent on satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to the standards used for the USAP's medical/dental screening for travel to Antarctica.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION: Applications must be received by the closing date on this announcement. Applications may be transmitted electronically to or mailed or delivered to the following address:
National Science Foundation
Division of Human Resource Management
Executive Personnel, Room 315
ATTN: PLR-2015-0005
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230
Inquiries or questions should be directed to: Executive Personnel Staff at ; hearing impaired individuals should call TDD for assistance.
Additional information on the NSF mission, structure, programs, and operations may be accessed through our website. The NSF provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact on this job opportunity announcement.
IMPORTANT NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DATE OF BIRTH ON YOUR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS. Please review your application packet to ensure that you have submitted all documentation that you want considered. The Evaluation Panel will rate and rank each eligible applicant based on the qualification requirements and refer the top candidate to the selecting official. You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.
The individual selected will be required to file an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 .
Appointment is contingent on satisfactory completion of a physical examination according to the standards used for the USAP's medical/dental screening for travel to Antarctica. !benefits.hms?orgId=4&jnum;=28894

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