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Overview of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources


The National Science Foundation
Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent agency of the United States Government. Its vision is to enable the nation's future through its strategic goals of transforming the frontiers, innovating for society, and performing as a model organization. The Foundation seeks to realize these goals using five core values: vision, dedication to excellence, learning and growing, broad inclusiveness, and accountability to the research community and the taxpayer. NSF invests in supporting research that advances the frontiers of knowledge and establishes the nation as a leader in transformational science, in developing a world-class, broadly inclusive STEM workforce and scientifically literate citizenry, in building the nation's research capacity with critical investments in advanced instruments, tools and facilities, and in cultivating a capable and responsive organization that promotes excellence in STEM research and education.

The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) is one of seven NSF directorates. The focus of the EHR Directorate is to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at all levels and in all settings (both formal and informal) in order to support the development of a diverse and well-prepared workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators and a well-informed citizenry that have access to the ideas and tools of science and engineering. Increased innovation contributes to our national prosperity, security, and welfare. The Directorate's goals and strategies mirror those of the Foundation. The Directorate includes the Divisions of Graduate Education (DGE), Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Undergraduate Education (DUE), and Human Resource Development (HRD). A staff of approximately 170 employees administers a budget of approximately $950 million annually.

The Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (AD/EHR) serves as a key member of NSF's senior management and policy team and provides leadership and direction to the Education and Human Resources Directorate programs and initiatives. The incumbent is responsible for planning and implementing programs, priorities, and policy within the framework of statutory and National Science Board authority. NSF seeks a candidate with outstanding leadership abilities; a deep record of scholarship in STEM education; a grasp of the issues facing the STEM education and STEM education research communities; and a commitment to the goals and strategies of the National Science Foundation.

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