Program Specialist

Program Specialist

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Arlington, Virginia
Position Type
Organization Type
Government Agency/Public Sector
Professional Level
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Advanced Degree Required

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Program Specialist
National Science Foundation

Job Posting Date July 8, 2014
Application Deadline July 31, 2014


The incumbent of this position is involved in providing program support in the following functions:

  • Data Management and Analysis: Gathers data for analysis and information sharing (e.g. queries or formats data), conducts moderately complex quantitative analyses; gathers, analyzes, and presents data for program analysis, conducts moderately complex qualitative analysis; uses research trends and results tracking to inform policy related to proposal processing.
  • Database and Systems Support: Troubleshoots systems and provides system support for basic proposal processing systems and applications, provides internal customer support on Business Systems (e.g. assist in training on e-systems), and interfaces and coordinates with ITS in DIS on various issues (e.g. request advanced systems support, provide contact information updates).
  • Logistics: Prepares for Committee of Visitors (COV) (e.g. collects data, coordinates logistics), coordinates logical support and assists in providing materials needed for site visits, outreach activities and workshops.
  • Proposals: Redacts panel reviews/summaries (non-scientific), identifies conflicts of interest (COI), responds to correspondence and telephone calls regarding proposal policies and systems, orients new Program Directors and staff on proposal processing systems and processes. Reviews preliminary and full proposals to determine basic eligibility and makes recommendations to Program Directors.
  • Budget Support: Creates and monitors budget (e.g. program) spreadsheets, reconciles budget spreadsheets for Program Directors, conducts financial analyses for Program budget and orients new Program Directors on Program budget spreadsheets.


  • To qualify at the GS-5 level, you must have 1 year of full-time experience at the GS-4 level OR successfully completed 4 full years of education above the high school level (e.g. going into your 5th year of college or graduated with a Bachelor's degree and enrolled in a Master's program).
  • To qualify at the GS-7 level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: collecting data and evaluating information, reviewing budget data to monitor expenditures, and assisting with database queries OR successfully completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education OR have eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a Bachelor's degree.

A combination of education and experience can also be used to qualify for all levels.

Additional Information

This job is available to applicants with active non-competitive eligibility (NCE) status. NCE is a special federal hiring status applicable for certain federal jobs. For more information on NCE, visit


$34,415 - $55,421 per year

Location Details

The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

Application Instructions

Additional Application Materials:

Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and/or uploaded before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the closing date.

Please Note: All required documents have to be submitted at the time you complete your application or it will not receive further consideration. Please include documents proving non-competitive eligibility. Send your resume and documentation to Jim tingwald at

Note: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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