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Associate Program Officer Posted Sep 08
National Science Foundation , Arlington, VA
As the Associate Program Officer for the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, the incumbent will be responsible for providing appropriate scientific and administrative judgment to insure the integrity and consistency of the awards process and to effectively manage the timely merit review involved in decision making for the awards. The incumbent will represent the Program, Division and Foundation within the scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, with other appropriate agencies and organizations, and with the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.

The incumbent will support the LSAMP program in the timely and effective review of applications, processing of recommendations for awards and declinations and outreach needs of the programs. The incumbent is expected to participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division. As an Associate Program Officer in EHR, the incumbent is expected to contribute to the directorate’s mission and goals as well as to the NSF overall mission including serving on EHR and agency wide working groups and committees.

Promote a healthy balance of support for all the needs of the research and education enterprise either through program, division, directorate, Foundation, or interagency activities.

Monitor program resources so as to provide optimal appropriate scientific judgment to insure integrity and consistency in the grant declination process without conflict-of interests, and with balance among appropriate sub-fields and institutions, and participation of all qualified scientists. Incorporate cross-directorate responsibilities into program administration.

Administer an effective, timely merit review process, with attention to increasing the size and quality of the reviewer pools and insuring participation by women, minorities and disabled scientists.

Provide scientific evaluation and advice for other programs in NSF, including international and cross-directorate programs.

Assist in the development of short- and long-range plans, establishing objectives for research programs, and program evaluation. Assist in planning the program budget and allocating resources within that budget among major competitive programs.

Control waste, fraud and abuse.


Represent the Program, Division and Foundation, withinthe scientific community, with other NSF Divisions, other agencies and organizations, and the public, accurately reflecting NSF policy and positions.
Create and maintain linkages to other NSF units and other Federal agencies in pursuit of the overall NSF mission.
Participate in staff, panel, committee and other meetings, providing input relevant to Program area and/or Division.
Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals.
Is responsive to assignment on special projects and temporary functional teams from across the Foundation to solve problems, improve staff communication, and effect coordination.
Contribute ideas and effort to improving the quality of policies and NSF's performance of the overall mission. Provide information to the community on how NSF is pursuing its mission and gather data and impressions from the community on the effectiveness of NSF's performance of its mission.
Prepare and disseminate a variety of informational documents.
Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in program and related areas through participation in professional activities. Maintain familiarity with salient current research developments. Pursue individual research as workload and travel funds permit.
Expand administrative capabilities through training courses or assumption of new management responsibilities.

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