The Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation, reserves several Program Director positions to be filled by Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignments (https://beta.nsf.gov/careers/rotator-programs/intergovernmental-personnel-act-ipa-assignments). These IPA positions come available periodically, and the Arctic Sciences Section is currently looking to fill openings.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative, merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security, and welfare. To fulfill this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest and receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgment, and a high degree of personal integrity. OPP 18-001, “Dear Colleague Letter: Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) Employment Opportunities – Program Directors (Open Until Filled)” (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/opp18001/opp18001.jsp) contains additional details about the positions and application process.
Author: Terri Edillon