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


The National Science Foundation is beginning a national search for the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and we seek your help in identifying visionary candidates. The new Assistant Director (AD) will succeed Dr. Karen Marrongelle, who recently accepted the post of NSF Chief Operating Officer.

The Assistant Director, EHR, leads a Directorate containing four Divisions: Graduate Education (DGE), Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), Undergraduate Education (DUE), and Human Resource Development (HRD). Together, the Directorate's portfolio encompasses a broad range of research in education and human resources, with a total budget of nearly $950 million. The enclosed information sheet summarizes the Directorate's activities, the responsibilities of the position, and the criteria for the search.

I am pleased that Dr. Deborah Lowenberg Ball, the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, will chair the search committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates who are outstanding leaders, have a deep record of scholarship, and understand the issues facing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and educational research, particularly in terms of fundamental research, innovation, and workforce development. Candidates must also have the skills and temperament to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF senior management team, working with the NSF Director and other Assistant Directors on interdisciplinary activities. The AD/EHR also interacts with the executive and legislative branches of government and must be able to communicate effectively with leaders in business, industry, and philanthropy.

Employment in the position may be made as a Senior Executive Service (SES) career appointment in the Federal Service or under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). We welcome recommendations of individuals from any sector, including academia, industry, and government. The National Science Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to engaging a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

To be considered for an SES appointment, please apply online on USAJobs by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. The vacancy outlines all required documentation that should be submitted. To be considered under the IPA program, please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you might be able to provide, to the AD/EHR Search Advisory Committee via e-mail to In light of COVID-19, we cannot receive recommendations by conventional mail. Please submit your recommendations by October 8, 2021.

Thank you for your help with this important task.

          /// signed ///
          Sethuraman Panchanathan


[Candidate Review Criteria]

[Overview of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources]

[PDF version of Letter and Enclosures]

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