[lg policy] job: National Science Foundation: Documenting Endangered Languages Program

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 1 14:20:39 UTC 2011

National Science Foundation
Department: Documenting Endangered Languages Program
Job Location: Virginia, USA
Web Address: http://www.nsf.gov/
Job Rank: Program Director

Specialty Areas: General Linguistics


The National Science Foundation 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.

Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) is a joint funding program of the
National Science Foundation and 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. As reflected in
the new solicitation, the program focuses on language description,
infrastructure, and computational methods. Candidates for this program
officer position should have expertise in one or more of these areas of
science. Because of this expertise, this candidate will also be expected to
represent BCS in one or more cross-cutting activities that call upon
cyberinfrastructure or computational approaches to science and education as
appropriate to the candidates expertise.

- Allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the
field's needs
- Take action on all proposals in a timely manner;
- Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process
- Participate in cross-cutting activities related to cyberinfrastructure, or the
use of computational methods, within the Foundation and potentially across
the federal government
- 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
- 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

Qualifications Required:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience directly related to
linguistics; plus six or more years of successful research, research
administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the program.

In addition to above qualification, experience in language description,
infrastructure, computational methods, cyberinfrastructure and cyber-
capabilities is highly desired.

How to apply:
Applications and other materials should be transmitted electronically no later
than midnight of the closing date to rotatornsf.gov. Please include the
vacancy announcement number (BCS-2012-0004) and your country of
citizenship in the subject line of the email.

To see more details about the position and the application process, including
the Applicant Survey Form and the NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide, please
see the full announcement at:

Application Deadline: 11-Nov-2011

Email Address for Applications: rotatornsf.gov
Contact Information:
Courtney Starcher
Email: cstarchensf.gov
Phone: 703-292-4345
Fax: 703-292-9185


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