NSF AD/MPS Search Committee Review Criteria
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Screening Committee Review Criteria for
Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (AD/MPS), NSF
We are seeking demonstrated evidence of:
- Working knowledge of the major current intellectual challenges and opportunities in the mathematical and physical
- Ability to think strategically and formulate integrated plans for research and education activities in the mathematical and
physical sciences disciplines, especially at the interfaces of, and boundaries with, other disciplines.
- 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.
Leadership, Direction, Representation
- 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 of conflicts. Ability to provide innovative and transformative leadership of people, reflective of
NSF’s organizational values.
- Ability to serve effectively as a member of NSF's senior management team, helping to develop consensus both within
the MPS directorate and across the agency on policy and plans.
- Ability to plan, prioritize, and coordinate interagency and international research and education programs and to forge
- Ability to manage an organization consisting of approximately 150 scientific and administrative professionals; ability to
manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
- Ability to communicate NSF policy and strategic plans to the external community, including the public, Congress,
industry, and colleagues in other disciplines.
- 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.
- Commitment to transforming the frontiers, innovating for society, and performing as a model organizaton goals of the
NSF Strategic Plan and to the strategies for achieving these goals through developing intellectual capital, integrating
research and education, and promoting partnerships and an ability to conceptualize the role of the mathematical and
physical sciences disciplines in achieving those goals.
- Commitment to the appointment and development of a highly qualified staff that reflect the diversity of our nation and to
the equitable representation of underrepresented groups and institutions on advisory committees, in workshops, and
proposal review panels.
- Commitment to equitable representation of underrepresented groups in the national enterprise.
Credibility within Research and Education Community
- Substantial research contributions and experience in academic, government and/or private national research and
education endeavors as evidenced in publications, innovative leadership in research administration and/or professional
- 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.
- Demonstrated commitment to scholarship and significant scientific contributions to one or more of the mathematical and
- Broad understanding of universities and other institutions where research and education in the mathematical and
physical sciences is conducted.
- Familiarity with the existing U.S. and international infrastructure that supports research and education.
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