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Staff Announcement: CNS

Dear Colleagues,

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS). Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin March 17, 2014 and continue until a selection is made. Appointment to this position may be under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) provisions1. Alternatively, the incumbent may be assigned on a one- to three-year limited-term Senior Executive Service (SES) position.

CISE Division Directors bear the primary responsibility for ensuring that NSF supports innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that advance our field. To fulfill 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.

Division Directors plays a critical role on the Directorate's management team, as well as directing the activities of his or her Division; implementing overall scientific strategic planning and policy setting within the context of the Division; providing leadership and guidance to Division staff members; determining funding requirements and budget estimates; balancing scientific program needs; overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations; and representing CISE and NSF to relevant stakeholder groups both within and outside the agency.

The NSF Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) is responsible for programs with a total annual budget of approximately $210 million. CNS supports research and education activities that invent new computing and networking technologies and that explore new ways to make use of existing technologies, while ensuring their security and privacy. The Division seeks to develop a better understanding of the fundamental properties of computer and network systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems. CNS maintains CISEís national leadership in developing the scientific foundations of cybersecurity as part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) and leads NSF's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program. CNS leads NSF's Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) program, as well as the Foundation's networking efforts to enable future large-scale distributed computing resources not possible elsewhere. The Division also supports the computing infrastructure that is required for experimental computer science, and it coordinates cross-divisional activities that foster the integration of research, education, and workforce development.

The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research administration as well as leadership responsibility in academe, industry or government. In addition to having a strong record of research and education accomplishments within his or her technical communities, the Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial, and administrative management. He/she must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and act as a mentor to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of his or her colleagues at all levels.

1 Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment: This position may be filled under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). Individuals eligible for an IPA assignment with a Federal agency include employees of state and local government agencies, institutions of higher education, Indian tribal governments, and other eligible organizations in instances where such assignments would be of mutual benefit to the organizations involved. Initial assignments under IPA provisions may be made for a period of up to two years, with a possible extension for up to an additional two-year period. The individual remains an employee of the home institution and NSF provides funding toward the assignee's salary and benefits. Further information regarding IPA positions is available at




  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 organizationís 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.
  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.



  1. Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in computer and information science and engineering.
  2. Familiarity with Federal, academic, and industrial research and education initiatives focused on state-of-the-art computer and information science and engineering.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant academic community, recognized professional standing and strong evidence of scholarship focusing on computer and information science and engineering, including publication of research, and recognized effective, innovative leadership in research administration as evidenced by publications and/or professional leadership and awards.
  4. Skill in recognizing, developing, and implementing approaches and programs, which build on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in multiple disciplines to develop solutions to important cross-cutting research and education problems.

Applications will be accepted from US Citizens. Due to a recent change in Federal Appropriations Law, only Non-Citizens who are permanent US residents and actively seeking citizenship can be considered. Therefore, you are required to provide documentation that confirms you are actively seeking citizenship at the time you submit your application. Non-citizens who do not provide documentation will not be considered.

Under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA), non-citizens may be considered as long as the individual is employed at an IPA-eligible institution

Application Instructions: You may view the vacancy announcement (CNS-2014-0006) for this position at USAJOBS: Please submit a current CV accompanied by a cover letter or supplemental statement that addresses the qualification requirements of the position. Applications should 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: CISE-2014-0006
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230

General inquiries should be directed to:

Howard Wactlar
Search Committee Coordinator

Howard Wactlar
Search Committee Coordinator

NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.