Foreign Affairs Specialist, GS-0130-14/15 MP

National Science Foundation
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
    Apr-06-2020
  • Posted
    Mar 16

Position description

This position is located in the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE), within the Office of the Director (OD).  This incumbent will serve as a Foreign Affairs Specialists on the Country and Regions team and will manage a portfolio based on the foreign policy objectives of the nation. The specialist is a recognized expert within NSF on issues related to the intersection of U.S. science and foreign policy.

 

Responsibilities

 

As a Foreign Affairs Specialist, you will perform the following duties:  

  • Monitors political, economic, social, scientific and other significant developments that may affect the Foundation.
  • Interprets and reports on the significance of events or developments to NSF, and the U.S. science and engineering research and education community and identifies the impact on U.S. science policy.
  • Offers insights and recommends effective options for NSF action. Performs analyses and make recommendations in the form of written and oral presentations to OISE leadership, NSF decision makers, and domestic and foreign counterparts including both government and non-government.
  • Prepares or develops position papers, briefings, official discussions in meetings and conferences, memoranda, talking points, and written Congressional testimony and associated background material for use by NSF leadership.
  • Ensures that all dialogues and programs that the Office and NSF implement related to assigned portfolios reflect White House and NSF priorities focusing on science, engineering, and education.
  • Serves as the Office's representative on NSF positions, sometimes on short notice, to internal and external audiences.
  • Collaborates closely with colleagues in OISE and other units of NSF to represent and, when necessary, shape collaboration with foreign entities (e.g., government, academic, private sector, etc.)
  • Identifies opportunities consistent with NSF's mission and design engagement strategies to promote U.S. objectives.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with interagency partners who work within the science, engineering, and education mission space.
  • Prepares or develops remarks and briefing materials for Office, Directorate and Foundation leadership with limited oversight from the management team. 

    Competencies:
  • International Diplomacy
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Analytical Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Oral/Written Communication

 

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel will be required up to 25%.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

Qualifications

Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.

 

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs.  Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent. 

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

 

Qualifications

To qualify your application package must reflect that you meet the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) for the 0130 series listed below:

A. Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

OR

C. Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs.

In addition to meeting the Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) above, you must meet the specialized experience as listed below:

To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in federal service performing science and foreign policy work. Examples of experience include: Monitoring political, economic, social, scientific and other significant developments in the US and internationally; performing analyses and special studies, and making recommendations regarding science policy; drafting position papers, briefings, memoranda, talking points, and written Congressional testimony and associated background material on behalf of an organization; and establishing relationships with representatives from foreign governments.

To qualify at the GS-15 level,  you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in federal service serving as an expert on science and foreign policy. Examples of experience include: Monitoring political, economic, social, scientific and other significant developments in the US and internationally; performing analyses and special studies, and making recommendations regarding science policy; finalizing position papers, briefings, memoranda, talking points, and written Congressional testimony and associated background material on behalf of a science organization; and developing and maintaining relationships with representatives from foreign governments.

In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements described above, all candidates must meet the following selective factor.  Candidates who do not show that they meet the selective factor will no longer receive consideration for the position.

Selective Factor: Experience working with representatives from foreign governments, international organizations or in diplomatic positions on behalf of the United States Government.

Education

 

You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in “Qualifications."

Application instructions

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