Deputy Director for Projects, Engineering Directorate

Hampton, Virginia
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 20, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Engineering Directorate (ED) develops high-quality systems engineers and discipline engineers, appropriate tools, facilities, and cost-effective product development processes needed to create concepts; conduct trade studies; design, develop, fabricate, and integrate hardware for research systems for all product units and flight projects.

This position reports to the Director of the Engineering Directorate. The Deputy Director for Projects, Engineering Directorate:

- Works closely with the ED Director to lead the project-related activities which span the full range of Langley's program/project portfolio - from space flight to technology demonstrations to aeronautics research.

- Serves as principal advisor to the ED Director and consultant to other Center organizations in matters concerning ED capabilities for program and project related activities.

- Teams with the ED Director and Deputy Director to ensure integrated strategy, business development, and execution.

- Develops and executes Directorate policies, plans, and procedures for project execution, and the creation of new processes and approaches to advance and transform the Directorate to meet project commitments, while demonstrating high levels of customer satisfaction.

- Promotes strategic management of ED capabilities to successfully meet Center commitments, in collaboration and partnership with internal and external organizations.

- Leads the management of new project development and negotiates agreements, which includes budget, workforce, and key personnel assignments.

- Leads the Directorate budget process for projects and advises the ED Director and Deputy Director on all programmatic matters, including finances, workforce, and physical assets management. Continuously assesses project resources (analysis and forecasting) which may have a potential impact on engineering operations.

- Develops and manages a coordinated program to ensure the health and safety of the workforce and the physical assets entrusted to the organization.


Conditions of Employment

  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Initial Senior Executive Service (SES) Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment and random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Please see the Additional Information section for important information about COVID-19.


You must have the skill and ability to perform the duties described above as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/leadership experience, normally obtained over several years by serving in positions at the GS-15 level or equivalent.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. We recommend you provide two (2) examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. Responses to ALL ECQs must not exceed ten (10) pages; MTQ responses must not exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Please include your full name on all documents submitted.

If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program and been certified by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) you MUST submit a resume and in a separate document address the MTQs. Any ECQs submitted will not be considered. Your resume must clearly state that you are a current career SES, eligible for reinstatement, or SES CDP certified and year of certification.

When preparing your responses to the ECQs and MTQs, you are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualification . For a sample template on how to format your ECQ narrative visit NASA's Executive Leadership Opportunities .


ECQ 1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.


MTQ 1- Demonstrated effectiveness in leading multi-disciplinary engineering efforts and expertise across the product life-cycle of complex aerospace systems including working with multiple programs/projects to negotiate detailed plans for workforce, facilities, budgets, and schedules.

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated spaceflight, technology and/or aeronautics project/program experience, to include: monitoring technical performance; identifying issues; communicating issues and associated resolutions to internal/external organizations and stakeholders; or executing the project to meet commitments.


This position has a positive education requirement. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.

To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, and college/university.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here .

Additional information

If you are selected, NASA may request information regarding your vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.