Employment Opportunity for Division Director, Computing and Communication Foundations

DATE: March 7, 2013

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Director, Division for Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin March 2013 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 to a one- to three-year limited-term Senior Executive Service (SES) position.

CISE Division Directors (DD) bear the primary responsibility for ensuring that NSF supports innovative, merit-reviewed research and education activities that advance our field. To discharge this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines, but also commitment to high standards, considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

DDs play a critical role in 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.

CCF is responsible for programs with a total annual budget in FY2013 of approximately $180 million. These programs support innovative research and education projects that explore the foundations of computing and communication devices and their usage. The Division seeks advances in computing and communication theory, algorithms for computer and computational sciences, and architecture and design of computers and software. CCF-supported projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas and integrate research and education activities to prepare future generations of computer science and engineering workers.

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.

1Intergovernmental 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 https://www.nsf.gov/about/career_opps/rotators/ipa.jsp.




  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 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. Knowledge of Federal, academic and industrial research and education initiatives focused on state-of-the-art computer and information science and engineering.
  3. Substantial research and education contributions 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.
  4. Skill in recognizing, developing and implementing approaches and programs which build on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in several disciplines to develop solutions to important cross-cutting research and education problems.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant academic community and recognized professional standing in the computer and information science and engineering community as evidenced by publications and/or professional leadership and awards.

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 for Federal appointments. 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 only be considered for the IPA program.

Application Instructions: You may view the vacancy announcement (CCF-2013-0004) for this position at USAJOBS: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/338606700?org=NSF. 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 execsrch@nsf.gov or mailed or delivered to the following address:

National Science Foundation
Division of Human Resource Management
Executive Personnel, Room 315
ATTN: CCF-2013-0004
4201 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22230

General inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. Deborah Lockhart
CCF Search Committee Coordinator

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