In case you had not heard, the ad for the Deputy Division Director (DDD) position in DEB was posted the other day. It will remain open until Friday, 5 December 2014.
View the announcement here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/384752800
The Deputy Division Director is a permanent (career, in fed-speak) appointment at the Senior Executive Service (SES) level. See here for a primer on the SES: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/.
From the announcement:
The Deputy Division Director participates with the Division Director in providing leadership and direction to the Division of Environmental Biology. Assists the Division Director in carrying out Division-wide responsibilities such as strategic planning and management, human capital management including recruitment of staff, budget preparation for submission to congress, and overseeing the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. Represents NSF to relevant external groups and fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community. The Deputy Division Director assumes the Division Director role in the absence of the Division Director.