Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Arlington, Virginia
$163,519 to $181,600 / per year
August 21 2017
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Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS)

Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE)

National Science Foundation

Arlington, VA 22230

The Director of the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences provides leadership and direction to the Division, which is responsible for funding research that develops and advances scientific knowledge about the brain, human cognition, language, social behavior, and culture including research on the interactions between human societies and their environments. BCS programs consider both disciplinary and interdisciplinary proposals. The Division Director is expected to assess the needs and trends involving the scientific areas within the domains of the Division. The incumbent implements overall strategic planning and policy setting for the Division, provides leadership and guidance to Division staff members, determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations, and represents SBE to internal working groups and NSF to relevant external groups. The BCS Division Director fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations, and the academic community. The Division Director also oversees performance management of the scientific and administrative staff.

Appointment will be considered for one of the following tracks: Permanent Career Senior Executive Service, Limited Term Senior Executive Service, and Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). 

Announcement #BCS-2017-0010, with position requirements and application procedures, is posted on the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJobs website at:

Applications must be received by September 29, 2017.

NSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.