The Associate Director for Flight Programs Planetary Science Division:
RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Oversees the planning and coordination for Planetary Science Division (PSD) projects through every phase of the mission life cycle and collaborates with interagency and international partners in space mission development.
- Guides and directs the Division's highly skilled Program Executive staff, ensuring programs and projects are well formulated, properly executed, and achieve technical requirements within budget and schedule. Ensures management of Planetary Science programs/projects adhere to National, Agency, and Directorate policies, guidelines, and processes.
- Manages the Division's portfolio of flight missions for the Discovery, New Frontiers, and Solar System Exploration programs and other specific projects assigned to PSD. Plans, directs, and evaluates Division activities in developing new ways of doing business in the formulation and implementation of the Division programs.
- Provides Division-level management and integration of mission systems (access to space, communications, frequency spectrum, etc.). Allocates and reprograms resources as required to meet approved objectives in accordance with delegated authority.
- Participates with other NASA officials in the development of overall NASA planning, policy development and Planetary Science program integration activities. Maintains relationships with universities, the scientific community, industry, and other government agencies with respect to Planetary Science Division Program management activities.
- Fosters and continually drives a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence, and innovation within and outside of the organization and NASA. Champions the Agency's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and creates an environment and culture that promotes and enables the Agency's commitment to safety, inclusion, integrity, teamwork, and excellence.
- 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 .EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS: 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.MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: MTQ -
Demonstrated experience in program/project management for space flight missions in the formulation, development, or operations. This includes experience in managing large/diverse teams, formulating and implementing budgets, and maintaining relationships with internal/external stakeholders.Education
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/SCI security clearance.