Planetary Protection Officer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 13, 2017
Closes
Aug 14, 2017
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is assigned to Office of Safety and Mission Assurance for Planetary Protection. Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are ntended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration. This policy is based on federal requirements and international treaties and agreements.

Current Agency policy requires the SL appointments be time-limited. The initial appointment will be for 3 years, with the possibility of extending for an additional 2 years. The selectee for this position will receive a temporary promotion. Employee will then return to a grade level no lower than the grade previously held at the home center. This temporary promotion may be converted to permanent without further competition.


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Frequent travel may be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Candidates must possess broad engineering expertise at least 1-year of which is in positions at or comparable to the GS-15 level. Must be a recognized subject matter expert possess (1) advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection, its requirements and mission categories. This includes demonstrated technical expertise to independently form technically sound judgments and evaluations in considerably complex situations; (2)demonstrated experience planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs of national significance. These elements include but are not limited to developing requirements, performing technical assessments, and preparing recommendations to leadership; and (3) demonstrated skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex multilateral discussions. This includes building coalitions amongst organizations to achieve common goals. You must provide examples as to how you meet these requirements. Please also see "How You will be Evaluated" section.

    A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

    or

    B. Combination of education and experience - education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above
    that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree, preferably an advanced degree in engineering, physical science, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, or electronics.



    TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS

    1. Advanced knowledge of Planetary Protection, its requirements and mission categories. This includes
    demonstrated technical expertise to independently form technically sound judgments and evaluations in
    considerably complex situations.

    2. Demonstrated experience planning, executing, or overseeing elements of space programs of national
    significance. These elements include but are not limited to developing requirements, performing technical
    assessments, and preparing recommendations to leadership.

    3. Demonstrated skills in diplomacy that resulted in win-win solutions during extremely difficult and
    complex multilateral discussions. This includes building coalitions amongst organizations to achieve
    common goals.

    Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire noncitizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

    Secret


    DUTIES:

    The Planetary Protection Officer (PPO) is responsible for the leadership of NASA's planetary protection capability, maintenance of planetary protection policies, and oversight of their implementation by NASAs space flight missions. The PPO also supports the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Technical Authority and serves as a principal advisory resource for the Chief, SMA and other senior officials on matters pertaining to planetary protection. The PPO is the Agency's focal point for interactions with external organizations on matters related to planetary protection. Primarily the Planetary Protection Officer performs the following:

    Leads planning and coordination of activities related to NASA mission planetary protection needs.

    Leads independent evaluation of, and provides advice regarding, compliance by robotic and human spaceflight missions with NASA planetary protection policies, statutory requirements and international obligations.

    Advises the Chief, SMA and other officials regarding the merit and implications of programmatic decisions involving risks to planetary protection objectives.

    In coordination with relevant offices, leads interactions with COSPAR, National Academies, and advisory committees on planetary protection matters.

    Recommends and leads the preparation of new or revised NASA standards and directives in accordance with established processes and guidelines.