Program Assistant, GS-0303-5/6/7

National Science Foundation

About the organization

If you’re looking for a change in your work environment and want to work in a dynamic, small-agency setting, the National Science Foundation (NSF) may be the place for you. Due to the relatively small number of employees, NSF has a unique feeling of collegiality. It is not uncommon to hear colleagues discuss a wide variety of subjects from honeybees to the latest developments in nanoscale technology.

At NSF, you will use your administrative support expertise in an exciting, challenging, and team-oriented environment. You will have the opportunity to use your current skills to help make NSF's vision of the future become reality. NSF also offers a variety of formal and informal learning and development opportunities that you can use to build new skills and advance your career. If you’re seeking variety and challenge in a collegial atmosphere, look no further than NSF!


proposals and what information must be included. Once a proposal has been received and the incumbent has ensured that it is complete, the assistant enters necessary data into the system if the proposal was not submitted electronically, and works with the program manager to have the proposal reviewed.

During the proposal process and after funding decisions have been made, the assistant responds to questions from PIs concerning the status of their requests. He/she is expected to answer most questions and only the most controversial and sensitive situations or questions related to substantive scientific issues are referred to the program manager or other staff members.

The assistant is responsible for maintaining spread sheets and other reports on money which is being spent for each proposal. He/she is expected to identify potential problems in both the internal NSF budget tracking and proposal budgets such as the fact that too much or too little money is being spent or the fact that money is being spent for improper items.

The assistant is responsible for preparing travel orders and vouchers for NSF staff and panel members. Most travel is domestic, but there is some foreign travel which the assistant must know how to process.

The assistant prepares a variety of standard and special reports depending on the program.

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To qualify for the GS-7 level you need to have: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include the following: interpreting and applying regulations, policies, and procedures to perform a variety of administrative support duties; developing and maintaining spreadsheets and other financial records; developing work tracking systems to ensure timely completion of work assignments; coordinating and making travel arrangements; and composing/typing reports in final.

At all grade levels you must be able to type at lease 40 words per minute with no more than 3 errors.


Grade 07 Salary: 50643.00 to 65831.00

Application instructions

Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully uploaded before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. All candidates MUST apply to the announcement opportunity link.

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