Director, Aeronautics Research Directorate

Hampton, Virginia
Dec 06, 2022
Dec 14, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

This vacancy announcement has been extended until 12/16/2022.

This position reports to the Deputy Director, Langley Research Center. The Director, Aeronautics Research Directorate:
  • Identifies ARD user and funder needs and establishes the desired balance of technology development work across technology readiness levels.
  • Defines long-range goals and measures for the organization.
  • Strengthens existing partnerships and establishes new partnerships critical for success.
  • Manages funded program and project elements.
  • Ensures funding for development of strategically selected capabilities (people and facilities) needed to support current programs and build future capabilities, programs, and elements that are aligned with NASA mission needs.
  • Maintains and builds market intelligence, technical intelligence, and competitive intelligence.
  • Participates as a member of appropriate Langley, NASA, and external boards and committees.
  • Develops, maintains, and promotes the use of a lessons-learned knowledge capture system.
  • Collaborates and negotiates with core resource units to secure resources to meet ARD commitments and develop future capabilities across the Center.
  • Maintains excellent relationships with Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate management; ARDs at other NASA Research Centers; and external partners to foster collaboration, innovation, partnerships, and shared accountability for mission success.


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.


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 experience in securing funding for and managing aeronautics programs and projects required to support current aeronautics initiatives and to build future capabilities, programs, and elements that align to an organization's mission.

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in leading a complex aeronautics-focused organization comprised of technical, project management, and business development professionals responsible for a portfolio of aeronautics research and technology development programs/projects while maintaining key relationships with numerous stakeholders (e.g., NASA Mission Directorates, other NASA Centers, other Federal agencies, private industry, academia, etc.).


This position has a positive education requirement. To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, and college/university.

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.

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

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