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Deputy Assistant Director, Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)

National Science Foundation
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA 

NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) seeks candidates for the position of Deputy Assistant Director. The incumbent serves as a member of the CISE leadership team and as the primary assistant to the Assistant Director in all aspects of management of the CISE Directorate. The Deputy Assistant Director participates with the Assistant Director in the coordination and overall management of the Directorate’s activities with the directorate’s senior managers and a staff of approximately 125. More information about the Directorate’s activities can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=CISE.

Appointment to this Senior Executive Service position will be on a career basis only, with a salary range of $174,225 to $196,738. Announcement CISE-EXEC-2021-0004, with position requirements and application procedures, is located at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/602455800 or can be obtained the announcement by contacting the Executive Personnel Staff at 703-292-4416 (Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-5090). Applications must be received by July 6, 2021.

NSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Conditions of Employment

  • One year probationary period required for all new Career SES appointments.
  • Requires an "Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report" (OGE-278).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information Clearance.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs.  Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions.


EXECUTIVE/MANAGERIAL (E/Ms): Unless you are currently under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM, you must submit written statements (narrative format) describing accomplishments that would satisfy the E/M qualifications. Applicants who do not provide a narrative statement will be rated as ineligible.


1. Leading Change.  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People. This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent in this E/M is 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. This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent in this E/M is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen. This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions. This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, non-profit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL (P/Ts): All applicants must submit written statements (narrative format) of accomplishments that would satisfy the P/T qualifications.  You must address each P/T qualification separately. 


  1. Education strongly preferred at the Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in computer and information science and engineering, or a related scientific or engineering field.
  1. Experience in academic, government, and/or private national research endeavors involving computer science and engineering research and infrastructure.
  1. Demonstrated ability to work effectively on interdisciplinary matters and science policy with scientific and technical staff from many disciplines.
  1. Broad knowledge in areas related to science policy issues (research equipment and facilities, status of academic and industrial activities, and Federal support of relevant research) and of current research capabilities and needs of the academic and industrial research communities, as related to CISE's responsibilities and mission.

When responding to the P/T and E/M qualifications, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the E/Ms and P/Ts.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial (E/M) qualifications; but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical (P/T) qualifications is required.

To view additional information on the proper preparation of E/M narrative statements, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications.




Additional information

The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Competitive status is not required, veteran's preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions.  New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee's background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions.  These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position.  Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.


Posted: 2021-05-27 Expires: 2021-06-26

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