Deputy Director for Structures and Materials, Research Directorate

Hampton, Virginia
May 23, 2019
May 31, 2019
Full Time


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  • As Deputy Director for Structures and Materials, the incumbent serves as principal advisor to the Director, Research Directorate, and consultant to other Center organizations in matters concerning these capabilities.
  • This position teams with the Director and Deputy Directors within the Research Directorate to ensure integrated strategy, business development, and execution.
  • The incumbent promotes strategic management of structures and materials capabilities and collaboration; serves as internal and external structures and materials focal point.
  • The Deputy Director for Structures and Materials, collaborates and negotiates with other organizations and product lines to meet Center commitments and to develop future research and technology capabilities.
  • Leads branch employees to develop Center technical capabilities strategy for the structures and materials product line, including workforce, infrastructure and portfolio strategic plans are aligned with Center/Agency goals.
  • Leads structures and materials capabilities both internal and external to NASA, and leads annual structures and materials capabilities update for Center Leadership Council.
  • Participates in integrated Research Directorate strategic planning, incorporating Center Product Line and Agency Capability Leadership strategies.
  • Implements integrated Research Directorate strategy and priorities for Research Directorate structures and materials capabilities.
  • Leads integrated new business development for structures and materials in Research Directorate in partnership with other technical capabilities, aligned with Center/Agency strategy.
  • Promotes/facilitates interdisciplinary internal/external teaming to develop breakthrough concept-to-flight solutions.
  • Serves as primary interface for coordination, collaboration, and advocacy for the Center for structures and materials with NASA Programs and Other Government Agencies.
  • Approves Research Directorate formal/informal proposals for new work (NASA as well as reimbursables/agreements) for structures and materials technical capability area.
  • Leads the delivery of project milestones for structures and materials within Research Directorate, including assuring Research Directorate personnel, infrastructure and processes meet technical excellence and safety standards.
  • Provides the full range of supervisory functions over a variety of Research Directorate personnel, and provides a safe and healthy work environment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES.
  • First time SES appointees are subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Position subject to random drug testing
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required


SES Technical Qualifications:
1. Broad and deep research experience in one or more of the major areas of the Research Directorate's activities, which include: aerostructures, materials, advanced manufacturing, mechanics of materials, damage science, durability and reliability of materials, thermal sciences, measurement sciences, nondestructive evaluation sciences, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, mechanical systems and related test technologies. Personal contributions in one of the major areas of the Research Directorate's activities, as described in the duties above, as demonstrated by extensive competitive peer-reviewed research experience. Particular emphasis will be on experience in structures and materials research efforts.

2. Demonstrated experience in leading complex, multidisciplinary research efforts and/or research portfolios, either in government, industry, or academia. Particular emphasis on leadership experience that spans foundational research, applied research and technology development, and technology demonstration/maturation, as well as all phases of research project development including solution creation, program planning, advocacy, and execution. This includes advanced strategic planning towards 5-, 10-, and 20-year goals along with current state assessment and monitoring progress.

3. Education, preferably at the Ph.D. level, in an appropriate field of engineering or the physical sciences.

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.



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.


Basic Education Requirement: 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.

Additional information

This announcement is for a career appointment to a position in the NASA Senior Executive Service (SES).

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.

Persons entering the SES for the first time are subject to a one-year probationary period.

Any individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

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.

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

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

How You Will Be Evaluated

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. You must also respond to both the Executive Core Qualifications (Managerial Qualifications) and the Technical Qualifications. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide .

Nothing further is required unless we make you an employment offer. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may use that as a basis for withdrawing our employment offer.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.