To promote the progress of science; advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and secure the national defense.
Headquarters: Arlington, VA
The National Science Foundation ranked 12th out of agencies in the 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings with an index score of 71.6.
NSF has developed a strategic workforce plan and tools for prioritizing staffing needs and projecting turnover. The agency recognizes the importance of having an active outreach and marketing plan given the growing competition from the private sector for scientists, engineers and information technology specialists. NSF engages in targeted outreach to professionals in the field and students and continually evaluates the effectiveness of its advertising methods including online job announcements. An e-recruit system is utilized to improve the timeliness and ease of the recruitment process, and NSF promotes its record of having been included in the Partnership’s Top 5 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” every year since the inception of the rankings in 2003.
During FY 2007 and 2008, the agency granted three recruitment bonuses totaling over $35,000.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will continue to emphasize the hiring of scientists (physical, biological and social sciences), engineers and information technology specialists. Program directors, the primary occupational group in NSF, manage a portfolio of public investments in scientific research, engineering study and/or science education. In FY 2008, about one-half (52.6%) of program directors were “rotators” (i.e., temporary employees who come from the research communities and academia to work on rotational assignments at the Foundation for a period of one to three years).
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Demographics source: FedScope, OPM
Source: Fedscope 09/08
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