Director, Heliophysics Division

Washington, D.C
Jun 01, 2023
Jun 08, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

This position reports to the Associate Administrator (AA) of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters. The Director, Heliophysics Division:
  • Leads a national space Heliophysics Program including space flight missions, research and data analysis, technology development, and related activities.
  • Formulates future Heliophysics programs and develops a strategy for implementation, consistent with the priorities of the scientific community and a balanced NASA program within available resources.
  • Guides implementation of Heliophysics programs at the NASA Centers, other Government research laboratories, academia, private industry, and with international partners.
  • Executes, manages, and evaluates the full range of Heliophysics programs and activities associated with flight program development and operations, research and data analysis, and technology development.
  • Develops long range plans, manages Agency efforts to implement the approved programs, coordinates with the international community and other Federal agencies, and evaluates results obtained.
  • Leads and collaborates in developing budgets, strategies, policies, and priorities for Heliophysics programs/projects.
  • Ensures an effective and innovative portfolio of scientific, research, and technology activities; serves as liaison with the scientific community through advisory committees and other entities such as the National Academy of Sciences; ensures dissemination of results to the public and scientific community.
  • Leads division staff who help plan and manage NASA's Heliophysics Program.
  • Promotes diversity and inclusiveness within the workplace, NASA appointed teams and committees, and science community.


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 leading, directing, and managing a multi-disciplined organization responsible for research and data analysis for, planning of, and/or execution of space-based missions.

MTQ 2- Demonstrated experience serving as a leader and collaborator in developing budgets, strategies, policies, and priorities for Heliophysics programs/projects. This includes providing scientific and technical leadership to guide implementation of space-related Heliophysics programs/projects involving a wide variety of participants (such as government research laboratories, academia, private industry, and the scientific research community).


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.