Job – Program Director, Documenting Endangered Languages Program; National Science Foundation; Due Jan 23, 2015
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Program Director in the Documenting Endangered Languages Program, in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), within the Directorate for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arlington, VA.
NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation’s technical strength, security, and welfare. Fulfilling 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.
The Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences supports research to develop and advance scientific knowledge on human cognition, language, social behavior and culture as well as the interactions between human and natural systems. BCS programs consider proposals that fall squarely within disciplines, but they also encourage and support interdisciplinary projects. These are evaluated either through joint review among programs in BCS, joint review with programs in other Divisions, or by NSF-wide multi-disciplinary panels. All programs in BCS consider proposals for research projects, conferences, and workshops.
Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is an activity conducted in coordination with the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop and advance scientific and scholarly knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used human languages, DEL seeks not only to acquire scientific data that will soon be unobtainable, but also to integrate, systemize, and make the resulting linguistic findings widely available by exploiting advances in information technology. The program focuses on language description, infrastructure, and computational methods.
- Articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field’s needs and future development;
- Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
- Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;
- Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, and Foundation, and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
- Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
- Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
- Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelists, and grantees;
- Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
- Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
- Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field directly related to linguistics, plus after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. In addition to above qualification, experience in computational methods, cyberinfrastructure and/or cyber-capabilities is highly desired.
In addition to above qualification, the ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including insuring transparency and accountability in the grant award/declination management process is highly desired. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively and work productively with the scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF’s mission.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of the job announcement.
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