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CISE 13-001

Detail Opportunity - Acting Senior Science Advisor, CISE, Open Period: January 28, 2013 - February 11, 2013

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is offering a detail opportunity to serve as Acting Senior Science Advisor. This detail is open to all qualified NSF employees and IPA assignees currently working at NSF and will not exceed 120 days. For purposes of pay and benefits, the selectee will continue to encumber the position from which detailed. The individual selected will be required to file an “Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report” (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 at the beginning and completion of the detail assignment.


In general, the Acting Senior Science Advisor will assist the Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director in the formulation of the directorate's scientific goals, objectives and priorities; the integration of scientific and technical priorities into effective policies, strategies, and programs; and the implementation of program planning and evaluation procedures. The detailee might be asked to prepare relevant analyses, which would provide a basis for priority setting, directorate and program planning and internal management. He/she will remain cognizant of current and proposed initiatives impacting the CISE directorate and will provide advice on the implications of such on the directorate's future programs and budgets.

In addition, the detailee might be responsible for specific activities and special projects that require management, coordination or direction at the directorate-level. Based on past experience, SSA activities might include: coordination of CISE international activities; coordination of National Academy of Sciences projects; management of COV pilot activities; analysis and plans for industry academia and government partnerships; and / or leadership in the development and deployment of new CISE-wide initiatives. The detail assignment may require the incumbent to charge new committees for major events and projects or to lead a CISE-wide committee for the duration of the detail.


Professional/Technical Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and experience in science or engineering related to the NSF mission.

Executive/Managerial Requirements:

  1. Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  2. Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  3. Results-Driven Leadership. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  4. Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  5. Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV as well as a narrative statement addressing his/her background in terms of the executive and managerial requirements above. Applications must be received by January 30, 2013. Applications may be submitted electronically to or delivered to: Division of Human Resource Management, Executive Personnel, Room 315.

Contact Information

Hugh Sullivan (703)292-4376 or