AST, Engineer Program Management

Washington, D.C
Jun 22, 2019
Jun 25, 2019
Full Time


The Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Exploration Systems Development (ESD) Division seeks a highly skilled individual to serve as AST, Engineer Program Management. ESD oversees the design, development, and operation of the Exploration Systems Development Programs: Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, and Exploration Ground Systems.

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  • Serves as a senior technical contact for engineering projects/requirements. Keep management informed on progress; proposed project, grant or contract modifications; resource analysis, analysis of proposals; and assessment of contract modifications.
  • Consults, and advises management on operational and planning issues. Establishes budget and resources requirements. Serves as expert representative on committees, panels, and working groups.
  • Serves as technical liaison within the center/program and with other NASA centers and external agencies. Provides expert technical advice and direction to project and program managers, grant personnel, and contract professionals.
  • Integrates planning and implementation efforts, including engineering/operations relationships, and operations/processing functions, to support the development of advanced technologies, systems, equipment, facilities, or vehicles.
  • Identifies critical design concept issues, and processing and operations requirements. Leads conceptual definition studies and analyses for a variety of advanced systems on proposed new projects for which no precedents are available.
  • Integrates various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical briefings, reports, and technical papers.
  • Provides expert technical advice and guidance on unusual or critical problems in area of specialization. Identifies alternative approaches or compromises to develop the most cost effective technical solutions.
  • Originates and develops new tools, methods, techniques, or systems that contribute to a larger program or project.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent


In addition to the basic education requirement, 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.

For the GS-13, specialized experience is defined as experience in the following skill sets:

Skill Set #1: Experience providing technical and programmatic support of engineering studies and programmatic assessments related to human space exploration programs or projects; AND

Skill Set #2: Experience establishing content, cost, product schedule, deliverables and services in coordination with members of a project team.

For the GS-14, specialized experience is defined as experience in the following skill sets:

Skill Set #1: Experience conducting engineering studies and programmatic assessments related to human space exploration programs or projects; AND

Skill Set #2: Experience performing project level assessment, analysis, and reporting.


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.

Additional information

This position will be filled at the GS-13 or GS-14 level, with promotion potential to the GS-14.

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.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

Indicate your 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.

Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.

Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 point quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) category are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

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 only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) 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 until requested by the Human Resources Office. 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 withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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.

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