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Candidate Search - Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (AD/EHR)


Dear Colleague:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is initiating a national search for the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR). We seek your assistance in the identification of visionary candidates to lead the Directorate during the coming years. Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy served in the position from 2011 through 2016, with Dr. James Lewis serving as the acting Assistant Director since January 2016 as Dr. Ferrini-Mundy accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. During their tenures, they have worked with EHR colleagues on new initiatives that span formal and informal education from preschool through adulthood, with emphasis on expanding NSF's investment in research to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development. In particular, EHR has supported efforts to revolutionize STEM education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The Directorate also has worked in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Office of Science and Technology on a variety of initiatives. The next Assistant Director will have similar opportunities to shape the future of STEM education and workforce development as well ensure that EHR is a key participant across the Foundation's science and engineering portfolio.

The Assistant Director, EHR, manages a budget of over $870 million in fiscal year 2017, and a portfolio across four divisions: Graduate Education; Undergraduate Education; Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings; and Human Resource Development. Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the Directorate's activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search. Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Anneila Sargent, a member of the National Science Board, as well as Professor and Vice President for Student Affairs at the California Institute of Technology, will head the search advisory committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; and a grasp of the issues facing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research and education. Candidates must also have the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF senior management team, teaming with the NSF Director and other Assistant Directors on cross-directorate activities and interactions with executive and legislative branches of government. When opportunities arise, the candidate must be able to communicate effectively with leaders of business and industry as well as the philanthropic community. Recommendations of individuals from any sector — academic, industry or government — are welcome.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/EHR Search Committee via e mail ( or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite W-19100, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by Monday, January 22, 2018.

Your assistance in this very important task is appreciated.

          /// signed ///
          France A. Córdova


[Candidate Review Criteria]

[Overview of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources]

[PDF version of Letter and Enclosures]

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