Section Head, Atmosphere Section
Job announcement number: AGS-2017-0014
Open & closing dates: 8/16/17 to 9/29/2017
NSF is relocating! In late summer of 2017, NSF will begin the transition from its current location in Arlington, Virginia to 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new location is adjacent to Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station on the Yellow Line, and has ample parking and amenities (hotels, restaurants, and shops) nearby.
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Serves as a member of the Division leadership team and as the Directorate's principal spokesperson in the area of lower atmosphere research. Responsible to the Director, Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, for the overall planning, management and commitment of the budgeted funds for the Section, which includes programs in Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate and Large-scale Dynamics, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology, and Paleoclimate. The incumbent also serves as the Division's primary source of guidance concerning research priories and program development.
The incumbent is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Section, including developing and executing management plans for assigned projects and evaluating and ensuring the effective use of Section staff and resources in achieving organizational goals. He/she also develops and maintains effective liaison with officials in the scientific community; other federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector to represent Foundation and Division activities and interests and represents the Division on committees, boards, and panels in areas of expertise.