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Employees perform a variety of duties that support the operations of the agency. These employees have the opportunity to formulate and track budgets, examine and audit expenditures, maintain IT systems and software, administer grants and contracts, provide input on human capital issues. Job responsibilities in this area also include the processing of scientific proposals, logistical support, data management/analysis, and providing input for continuous improvement of NSF processes.

Category: Accountants and Auditors

Description

Fiscal responsibility and accountability are extremely important in NSF programs. Working for NSF, you may have the opportunity to collect and disburse funds, examine and audit expenditures.

Features

  • Appointments are made under the NSF delegated examining authority and merit promotion authority.
  • Entry level positions are filled at the GS-5, GS-7 or GS-9 grade level (or equivalent) and usually have career ladder promotion potential to GS-11, GS-12, or GS-13 (or equivalent).

Recruiting Sources

USAJobs, Colleges, job fairs, professional organizations, placement offices, other federal agencies, and advertisements.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must meet qualification requirements, which include 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses.
  • Candidates must be a citizen or national of the United States.

The links below shows the total minimum qualification requirements for professional positions at grades GS-7 to GS-15.

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0500/0510.htm (Accountants)
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0500/0511.htm (Auditors)

In addition to the educational requirements above, candidates must have the following specialized experience (as indicated, in some cases, education may be substituted in lieu of experience).

Grade/Positions Education Specialized Experience
GS-7 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5
GS-9 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7
GS-11 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9
GS-12 and above   1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Category: Budget Analysts, Information Technology Specialists, Contract Specialists, Grants and Agreement Specialists, Human Resources Specialists, Program and Management Analysts, Program Specialists, Program Support Manager, Public Affairs Specialists, and Other Administrative Positions

Descriptions

Management and Program Analyst, Program Specialist, Program Analyst, Support Services Specialist. Serves as a member of the program support team and is primarily responsible for supporting the end-to-end review of scientific proposals and the award of grants. Provides comprehensive analytical support with an emphasis on proposal processing, logistics, data management, and input toward the continuous improvement of the overall processes.

Budget Analyst. Fiscal responsibility and accountability are extremely important in NSF programs. Working for NSF, you may have the opportunity to develop and improve accounting systems, develop budgets, collect and disburse funds, examine and audit expenditures.

Grant and Agreement Specialist, Contract Specialist. NSF conducts much of its business through the award of grants, contracts and interagency agreements. You may help to manage this activity, or work in negotiating contracts and agreements for a wide variety of goods and services.

Information Technology Specialist, LAN Manager. As one of the leading agencies in technology advancement, NSF accomplishes much of its work processes by using information technology. You may perform a variety of analysis, design, programming, troubleshooting, maintenance and report generating tasks.

Staffing and Classification Specialist, Employee Relations Specialist, Employee Development Specialist. Employees in this field provide NSF's scientific, administrative, clerical and technical staff with a wide variety of Human Resources-related services in the areas of recruitment, placement, position classification, position management, employee development and employee relations.

Public Affairs Specialist, Writer-Editor, Legislative Specialist. NSF has an ongoing responsibility to communicate its mission and accomplishments to the public. The format of this communication can be written or visual - portable exhibits, brochures, films, videos or other publications.

Program Support Manager: Manages a staff of program support professionals. Work involves overseeing the processing of proposals, managing logistics/budgets, and ensuring proper analysis is performed of programs and associated work methods to support the accomplishment of the organization's mission.

Features

  • Appointments at all grade levels are made under the NSF delegated examining and merit promotion authorities.
  • Entry level positions are filled at the GS-5, GS-7 or GS-9 grade level (or equivalent) and usually have career ladder promotion potential to GS-11, GS-12, or GS-13 (or equivalent).

Recruiting Sources

USAJobs, colleges, job fairs, placement offices, other federal agencies, and advertisements.

Eligibility

  • Candidates must meet qualification requirements.
  • Candidates must be a citizen or national of the United States.

The link below shows the total minimum eligibility requirements for administrative positions at grades GS-7 to GS-15. Positions in this occupational family generally do not require a college degree to meet the minimum qualification requirements. However, candidates must have the requisite 1 year of specialized experience to qualify. At grade levels GS-11 and below, education may be substituted in lieu of experience to qualify.

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/Gs-admin.asp