Associate Administrator for Mission Support

Washington, D.C
Oct 19, 2019
Oct 26, 2019
Full Time


As Associate Administrator, Mission Support Directorate (MSD), the incumbent is responsible for mission support functions and business operations enabling successful accomplishment of NASA's mission. The incumbent will execute and manage a budget of $3 billion and drive integration and consistency across key mission support functions (i.e., acquisition, protective services, facilities and construction, and workforce strategy and management). Reports to the NASA Deputy Associate Administrator.
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  • Leading MSD in strategic planning (i.e., strategy, goals, and metrics) to guide the conduct of the Directorate's support to the Agency and missions.
  • Managing and overseeing key business services and functional organizations, including the NASA Shared Services Center; Offices of: Chief Human Capital Officer, Strategic Infrastructure, Procurement, Protective Services, and Headquarters Operations.
  • Enabling and helping drive the Mission Support Architecture Program (MAP) to continue the implementation of integrating and aligning mission support functions across the Agency.
  • Leading the formulation and implementation of MSD programs and projects to ensure outcomes meet schedule and cost constraints, as well as performance requirements.
  • Leading the MSD budget / Safety, Security and Mission Services (SSMS) budget development and approval process.
  • Developing and presenting detailed plans including schedules, and annual and out-year resource requirements to implement and sustain needed programs and services.
  • Partnering with senior NASA officials to develop the overall NASA vision, mission, and implementation strategies; and serving as a member of the NASA Strategic Management Council and the Agency Program Management Council.
  • Directing a system of review and evaluation providing continuous surveillance and improvement in the mission support portfolio, resources utilization, and controls against fraud, waste, and abuse.

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.
  • This is a drug-testing designated position.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.


Technical Qualifications:
-Demonstrated experience leading and managing a multi-million dollar complex, multi-organizational Program or business operation to support NASA's missions. This also includes managing operations (i.e., budget, contracts, technology, etc.), and decision-making to engage, communicate, and address stakeholders and meet performance goals.

-Experience establishing, evaluating, and measuring performance, program control and compliance of multiple crosscutting mission support functions. This includes successfully leading broach-reaching and complex change efforts through applying resources, regulations, policies, and practices.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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.


There are no education requirements for this position. The ideal candidate will have a strong executive-level leadership and management background to effectively lead all aspects of mission support directorate activities for the Agency.

Additional information

NASA structures its SES positions into Tiers. This position is a Tier 1. The salary for this position is capped at $192,300. Associate Administrators can be eligible for Critical Pay, extending the salary range up to $246,900.

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

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
Sensitive Compartmented Information

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.

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