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Candidate Search - Office Head, Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)


Dear Colleague:

We have initiated a national search for the National Science Foundation's Head, Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates.

OISE oversees NSF's international research and education efforts and works closely with our disciplinary research directorates to develop an agency-wide strategy to cultivate international collaboration. The Office Head is a member of the NSF senior management team, who communicates and interacts with all of the staff, programs, and activities of the Foundation. The incumbent advises the Director, Deputy Director, and other senior managers on issues related to international scientific collaboration. The Office Head leads a diverse group of 31 program managers, analysts, and support staff. Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes OISE's activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria for the search. Employment in the position may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Anne C. Petersen, Founder and President of the Global Philanthropy Alliance, Research Professor at the University of Michigan, and a former NSF Deputy Director and Dr. Susan Avery, President Emeritus of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will co-chair the search advisory committee. I appreciate that each of these very busy, very accomplished individuals are willing to lend their time and expertise to help us fill this vital position.

We seek your help in identifying candidates with these qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues involved with international science collaborations among a diverse community of researchers and stakeholders; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. Recommendations of individuals from any sector — academic, industry, or government — are welcome. The National Science Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the OISE Search Advisory Committee via e-mail to We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by June 19, 2020.

Thank you very much for helping with this important task.

          /// signed ///
          F. Fleming Crim
          Chief Operating Officer


[Candidate Review Criteria]

[Overview of the Office of International Science and Engineering]

[PDF version of OISE Program Overview presentation by R.L. Keiser, current OH/OISE]

[PDF version of this "dear colleague" letter and enclosures]

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