Flight Projects Development Program (FPDP) (AST, Technical)
The Flight Projects Development Program (FPDP) is a two-year developmental program aimed at providing select technical and professional administrative employees the work experience, training, guidance, and direction necessary for them to assume key management positions in the Center's Flight Projects Directorate (FPD). Selectees of this announcement will be assigned work assignments within the Flight Projects Directorate (FPD), Code 400. FPDP ensures continuity in professional, high quality Program & Project Management, thus assuring a well-trained cadre of graduates as potential FPD managers.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
You must meet all qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.Modified qualifications are being used for this development program. Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
Specialized experience is defined as providing leadership in aerospace designs, development, planning and analyses for project resources, objectives, budget and schedules.
You will be further evaluated against the following competencies:
• Working in the engineering or scientific disciplines necessary for the development of spacecraft, instrument systems, ground systems, or related subsystems such as thermal, structural, power, communications, data handling, guidance and control, and software.
• Managing multi-phase/ multi-discipline work efforts and resources in an environment of rapidly changing schedules and objectives, funding, technical requirements, and diversified and competing customer demands.
• Working in various phases/elements of project management such as project planning, evaluation, system safety, configuration management, requirements management and quality assurance, scheduling, financial planning, monitoring of contracts and project reporting, etc.
• Analytical and planning techniques to understand the interrelationship of schedules, funding, and technical requirements in the development and operation of space, instrument, and ground systems and subsystems.
• Communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree-received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
Selectees currently at the GS-13 level will receive a GS-14. Selectees currently at the GS-14 and GS-15 levels will remain at their grade. There is no further promotion opportunity until successful completion of the program. Upon graduation from the Flight Projects Development Program (FPDP), all participants will receive an FPL to the GS-15. Please note that having the GS-15 FPL does not automatically make you eligible for a promotion to the GS-15, you will still be required to apply for these positions.
Reassignments/details to a program/project management position may be at any time based on the individual participant's development and availability of a suitable position. Participants will spend up to 25 percent of their time engaged in required developmental training and work experience activities, in addition to the individual's work assignment provided through the FPDP.
Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.
Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See "How You Will Be Evaluated" for definition of well qualified.
Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Selectees will be required to sign a continued service agreement.
Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.
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Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicant qualifications will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist. In addition, a Subject Matter Expert Panel will evaluate applicants against the competencies stated in this announcement. Eligible candidates will be placed in qualified and highly-qualified categories. Interviews, and qualification inquiries may be requested. The highly-qualified will be referred to a Governance Board for final selection.Read more Security clearance Not Applicable