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Division Director, Division of Ocean Sciences

National Science Foundation
Alexandria, Virginia (US)
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Sep 28, 2021

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Division Director

Division of Ocean Sciences

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Alexandria, VA

The National Science Foundation, Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) seeks candidates for the position of Division Director in the Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE). The mission of the Division of Ocean Sciences is to enable fundamental research in most areas of the infrastructure, and education to advance understanding of all aspects of the global oceans and ocean basins, including their interactions with people and the integrated ocean system. These activities provide knowledge critical to addressing many of our nation’s most pressing challenges involving ocean processes. OCE supports and promotes collaboration and facilitates the development of a diverse scientific and educational community, including international efforts. The Division works with the U.S. Ocean sciences academic community to direct funding towards advancing the frontiers of knowledge, developing the next generation of researchers, and enhancing the public’s understanding of ocean sciences. Additional information about the Division’s activities may be found

The Division Director provides leadership and management to the Division’s programs and assists the GEO Assistant Director in carrying out Directorate-wide responsibilities such as the preparation of budget submission for Congress, oversight and management of Division budgets, and recruitment of scientific staff. The incumbent also supervises and provides leadership and guidance to administrative and support personnel within the Division. Externally, the Division Director represents OCE in a variety of NSF-wide and interagency activities related to research and education, and in interactions with the community.

Appointment to this position may be on a Senior Executive Service (SES) Career, SES limited-term appointment (1-3 years), or Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment. The salary range is $174,225 to $194,516. 

Announcement GEO-EXEC-2021-0011, with position requirements and application procedures, is located at  Applicants may also obtain the announcement by contacting David Smith, 703-292-2142. Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-5090. Applications must be received by September 10, 2021.

NSF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff reflecting the diversity of our nation.

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