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Deputy Division Director, Division of Research, Innovation, Synergies and Education

National Science Foundation, Geosciences Directorate
Alexandria, Virginia
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Jul 5, 2023

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The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) announces a nationwide search to fill the position of Deputy Division Director, for the Division of Research, Innovation, Synergies, and Education (RISE). The position provides an unparalleled opportunity to lead the Division in supporting novel, complex, or partnership projects in both research and education and to share in the management responsibility of the Directorate for Geoscience to advance NSF’s mission.

The Deputy Division Director for RISE leads a team of professional and administrative staff in managing a broad portfolio of investments in research and education addressing the frontiers of knowledge that advance the Nation’s prosperity, health, and infrastructure. RISE’s principal goals are to develop innovative means to initiate and support geoscience education, attract underrepresented groups to careers in the geosciences, foster the interchange of scientific information nationally and internationally, and join with other parts of NSF in major integrative research and education efforts. The division makes strategic investments in multidisciplinary research areas, international activities, as well as education, diversity, and human resource development activities.

The Deputy Division Director plays a key role in positioning and advocating for program activities within the context of NSF’s strategic plan, and in managing resources effectively to advance ongoing efforts and nurture emerging opportunities. The Deputy Division Director works proactively across NSF and in partnership with other federal and state agencies, industry, private foundations, and the academic community. The position offers a challenging and demanding opportunity to effect change and provide intellectual leadership.

The successful candidate will possess an established record of significant achievement in research administration as well as leadership responsibility in academia, industry, or government. In addition to having a strong record of research and education accomplishments within their technical communities, the Deputy Division Director must be experienced and competent in technical, financial, and administrative management. They must work well with people, be an effective communicator, and act as a mentor to continuously develop the diversity of talents and skills of their colleagues at all levels.

A description of the RISE is provided at

Inquiries regarding the division can be directed to the Canvassing Committee Coordinator: Dr. Timothy Patten, (703) 292-7196,

The position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are described in the vacancy announcement (GEO-EXEC-2023-0001) at USAJOBS - Job Announcement. Hearing-impaired individuals may call TDD at 703-292-5090. Applications must be submitted by the closing date listed in the announcement.

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

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