Director, Astrophysics Sciences Division
NASA is looking for exceptional leaders for the 21st century! If you are interested in leading dynamic organizations responsible for fulfilling or supporting exciting scientific and aeronautic missions, there may be a place for you on the team. Seize this opportunity to use your current skills, build new ones, and make significant contributions to our nation's future. As an added benefit, you would be joining an agency ranked as one of the best places in the Federal government to work.
The Sciences and Exploration Directorate (SED) is the largest Earth and space science research organization in the world. Its scientists advance understanding of the Earth and its life-sustaining environment, the Sun, the solar system, and the wider universe beyond. Researchers in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate work with engineers, computer programmers, technologists, and other team members to develop the cutting-edge technology needed for space-based research. Instruments are also deployed on aircraft, balloons, and Earth's surface. The Directorate performs this work in partnership with colleagues in the national and international scientific communities. The SED plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates a broad program of scientific research, both theoretical and experimental, in the study of the Earth-Sun system, the solar system and the origins of life, and the birth and evolution of the universe.
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1. Recognized in the international science community for research achievements and publications in Astrophysics, with demonstrated experience and management of space-based astrophysics investigations. This includes demonstrated knowledge of data analysis activities, science operations, data management, and outreach activities. Demonstrated ability to provide high quality scientific definition and support for new Astrophysics mission concepts from preparation, submission, and advocacy, through formulation and implementation of successful proposals in a team environment. Proven ability to form collaborations and negotiate with partners.
2. Demonstrated ability to prepare and implement annual institutional budgets; implementation of approaches to improve operational efficiency; effective and timely performance; when required revisit and accommodate budget, resources, science program, congressional and other external changes affecting an organization's research programs; maintain the flexibility to ensure successful completion of revised programs.
3. Demonstrated ability to develop a vision for the organization's science objectives and their implementation and to serve as an effective advocate of those objectives by justifying resources required and by effectively developing long-range planning without significant change in allocated resources (e.g., civil service staffing, contractor support) while still supporting a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.
U.S. citizenship is required.
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.
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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 organization's 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.
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. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES. This statement will be used to avoid conflicting situations in employment through advice and counseling.
This announcement is for a career appointment to a position in the NASA Senior Executive Service (SES).
Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.
This announcement is for a career appointment to a position in the NASA Senior Executive Service (SES). Persons entering the SES for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period. A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES. This statement will be used to avoid conflicting situations in employment through advice and counseling. Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with NASA's policy.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel based on the managerial and technical qualification requirements stated in this announcement. Eligible candidates will be placed in qualified and highly-qualified categories. Interviews, and qualification and suitability inquiries may be requested. The highly-qualified will be referred to the appropriate official who will recommend selection.Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation