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Division Director Position for Ocean Sciences

August 9, 2021

The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in the Directorate of Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search for a Division Director. The Division supports research, infrastructure, and education to advance understanding of all aspects of the global oceans and ocean basins, including their interactions with people and the integrated Earth system. These activities provide knowledge critical to addressing many of our nation’s most pressing challenges involving ocean processes. OCE supports and promotes collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse scientific and educational community, including international efforts. The Division works with the U.S. ocean sciences academic community to direct funding towards advancing the frontiers of knowledge, developing the next generation of researchers, and enhancing the public’s understanding of ocean sciences.
The Division Director provides leadership and management to the Division’s programs and assists the GEO Assistant Director in carrying out Directorate-wide responsibilities such as the preparation of budget submission for Congress, oversight and management of Division budgets, and recruitment of scientific staff. The incumbent also supervises and provides leadership and guidance to administrative and support personnel within the Division. Externally, the Division Director represents OCE in a variety of NSF-wide and interagency activities related to research and education, and in interactions with the community.
The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research administration as well as leadership responsibility in academia, 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 talent and skills of his or her colleagues at all levels.
More information about the position and instructions for applications can be found at the following link: 
The deadline for applications has been extended. The closing date is September 10, 2021. We hope for the successful candidate to begin the position in the summer of 2022.
We encourage candidates to reach out to their program managers or other OCE staff with questions about the position. Please also feel to contact the search committee chair, Lina Patino, GEO Deputy Assistant Director (Acting).

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2021 budget of $8.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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