Director, Network Services

Washington D.C.
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

As the Director, Network Services, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Office, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, the incumbent reports to the Deputy Associate Administrator for SCaN and has responsibility for the overall leadership, administration, management, and direction for the operations of NASA's Space Communications Networks.

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  • First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES.
  • To qualify, candidates must have the skill and ability to perform the duties described above as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/managerial experience, normally with several years at the GS-15 level or equivalent, which demonstrates clearly the ability to manage people and resources. Candidates must also demonstrate qualifications in the managerial and technical areas noted below. See the SES Handbook and NASA's Guide to Effectively Preparing Executive Core Qualifications for more information. IMPORTANT: CANDIDATES MUST FULLY ADDRESS ALL ITEMS UNDER EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS AS WELL AS ALL ITEMS UNDER TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU COMPLETE YOUR ANSWERS OFF-LINE IN ADVANCE OF BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS, SO THAT YOU CAN INSERT THEM INTO THE ELECTRONIC FORM. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT SAVED. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:1. Leading Change - Involves the ability to bring about strategic change, within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. 2. Leading People - Involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. 3. Results Driven - Involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 4. Business Acumen - Involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. 5. Building Coalitions - Involves 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.

    Candidates must possess an engineering degree, preferably an advanced degree from an accredited engineering curriculum at an accredited college or university in a closely related engineering discipline.


    1. Knowledge and technical experience in the leadership and management in development of large, diverse and complex distributed Space Communications Systems.

    2. Experience in a senior leadership role managing and directing a large and diverse organization involving complex technical, policy, and budget issues.

    3. Experience in interacting with diverse and distributed organizations, high level Agency officials, high level domestic and foreign officials, Industry scientific academia, media and the general public on Agency level programs, planning and decision making.

    Successful completion of a security investigation will be required. This is a drug-testing designed position.

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    Manage the operations and maintenance of the NASA SCaN Networks (Deep Space Network, Near Earth Network, and Space Network), developing policy and plans to ensure high-level proficiency in meeting NASA’s space communications and navigation requirements and needs.

    Ensure mission success for all current and planned space flight missions through effective operations of the SCaN Networks.

    Provide programmatic guidance, direction, and insight for the acquisition of Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRS) replenishment spacecraft and Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) modernization.
    Oversee and provide directions for sustaining the SCaN capabilities and for the modernization of NASA’s SCaN ground assets.

    Lead the implementation efforts of SCaN Network infrastructure and operations consistent with the SCaN Integrated Communications and Navigation Architecture, the national vision for space exploration and program mission requirements.

    Ensure that SCaN service agreements, memoranda of agreement, and related administrative arrangements enable missions to meet their communications and navigation requirements.
    Allocate approved budgets and resources for Deep Space Network, Near Earth Network, Space Network, TDRS replenishment and SGSS Projects to various Centers within authorized levels.

    The incumbent is responsible for managerial tasks of the office, including developing, implementing, and controlling functional responsibilities; managing personnel resources through selection of employees, assignment of duties, evaluation of performance and training, and recommendation of awards, promotions, and discipline; directing organizational and safety programs; managing and developing budgets and resources; and furthering equal opportunity goals and diversity in the workplace. Exercises leadership in, and is responsible for, equal opportunity in employment, development, advancement, and treatment of employees directly and indirectly supervised. Managerial responsibility includes improvements in efficiency, cost effectiveness, and timeliness of performance.

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