Deputy Associate Administrator for Research

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Oct 19, 2017
Closes
Oct 19, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

For the 5th year in a row NASA has been ranked the best large agency to work for in the federal government
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The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is responsible for NASA's Science Program including four major science disciplines (Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science) as well as several cross-disciplinary programs. SMD manages a $6B/year annual program consisting of over 100 space flight mission a robust research and analysis program that addresses fundamental questions about the mysteries of our universe, finding life elsewhere, and protecting and improving life on Earth.

The incumbent will serve as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Research (DAAR) within the Office of the Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate (AA/SMD), and is part of SMD's senior leadership team. The DAAR will provide strategic leadership for SMD's science program and will work with other members of the Front Office as well as SMD division-level leadership to ensure the overall coordination of the program with the Directorate as well as the Office of the Chief Scientist, other NASA Mission Directorates, and the Field Centers. The DAAR is responsible for the adherence to all National Agency, and Directorate-level policies, guidelines and processes related to the conduct of research. The DAAR is also the primary interface of SMD with the National Academies' Space Studies Board and other relevant entities providing strategic guidance to NASA's research programs.

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  • A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.


  • TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS

    1. Demonstrated knowledge of and operational experience in national space and science policies, including roles of key participants and advisory committees (e.g., committees and subcommittees of NASA Advisory Council and units of the National Research Council, etc.), space science issues, and application programs. Provide examples how you have successfully met this requirement.

    2. Demonstrated knowledge of and operational experience in solicitation, evaluation, and selection policies and processes for space science research grants and flight missions. Provide examples how you have successfully met this requirement.

    3. Demonstrated experience in managing scientific and technical programs, contracts and contractors, and senior scientific and technical personnel, preferably in a federal environment. Provide examples how you have successfully met this requirement.

    Individual Occupational Requirements / Basic Requirements

    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

    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.

    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.

    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 (http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/handbook.asp) and NASA's Guide to Effectively Preparing Executive Core Qualifications (http://www.nssc.nasa.gov/ses) 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.

    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 at NASA in the 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.

    Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with NASA's policy.

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    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.

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