NSF Science Education Administrator (Program Director) Position


The National Science Foundation is recruiting program directors to serve within the Division of Research and Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL).

Position Summary
The Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), in the Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) supports innovative research, development, and evaluation of learning and teaching across all science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in both formal and informal learning settings, and in any age group.  DRL seeks program directors with education research or development expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) Equity in STEM: diversity, equity, inclusion and access in preK-12 and informal settings; 2) Advanced and emerging technologies in education such as AI, quantum, data science, and semiconductors; 3) Science education research or development in pre-K-12 formal or informal settings.

Position Description
Successful candidates will be expected to work collaboratively with staff and other program directors in one or more of the DRL programs including the Discovery Research preK-12 (DRK-12), Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), or Innovative Technological Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) programs. They may also work on cross-division and cross-directorate programs such as EDU Core Research (ECR) and Computer Science for All (CS for ALL).

NSF Program Directors have an unparalleled opportunity and responsibility to ensure NSF-funded research and development activities are at the forefront of advancing fundamental knowledge. In support of that, Program Directors are responsible for extensive interaction with academic research communities, formal and informal educational organizations, industry, as well as interaction with other Federal agencies that may lead to development of interagency collaborations. Within this context, Program Directors solicit, receive, and review research and education proposals; make funding recommendations; administer awards; and undertake interaction with research communities in STEM fields. The position requires a commitment to the highest research standards and ethical conduct, a considerable breadth of interest, receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity.

View the job posting on the NSF website for additional details: https://beta.nsf.gov/careers/openings/edu/drl/drl-2023-95419 

Application Timeline
Date posted: March 14, 2023
Closing date: Open until filled

Formal consideration of interested applicants will begin May 15, 2023 and will continue until a selection is made.

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