NSF seeks candidates for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division Director

July 22, 2021

Dear Colleagues:

We are asking for your assistance in identifying potential candidates for the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division Director position. Please view the full position vacancy announcement and application requirements on USAJOBS.

Applications are due by Aug. 19, 2021. This is a rotator position that will be filled as a Senior Executive Service limited term appointment or Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment.

The division is located within NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. The division director provides leadership and direction to the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division, which is responsible for funding research that advances scientific knowledge about the brain, human cognition, language, social behavior and culture, including research on the interactions between human societies and their environments. The division director is expected to assess needs and trends within the scientific areas encompassed by the division. The division director implements overall strategic planning and policy creation for the division, provides leadership and guidance to division staff, determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, assesses program needs, allocates resources, oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and represents NSF to relevant external groups. The division director fosters partnerships with other NSF divisions and directorates, federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community. The division director also oversees performance management of their scientific and administrative staff.

Among the Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Division’s programs are archaeology and archaeometry, biological anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, developmental sciences, social psychology and others.

We are especially interested in identifying women, members of underrepresented minority groups and persons with disabilities for consideration. Thank you in advance for helping to identify superb candidates for this very important leadership position at the National Science Foundation.


Arthur W. Lupia
NSF Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate

Kellina Craig-Henderson
NSF Deputy Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate

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