Greenbelt, Maryland
Apr 30, 2021
May 07, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The incumbent will serve as the senior Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) official responsible for the management of the Earth Science Projects at the Center. The Associate Director (AD) will also serve as the Program Manager for the Earth Systematic Mission Program.
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The incumbent has the responsibility for designing, developing, integrating, testing and launching research and operational Earth Observing missions that support world class Earth Science investigations for NASA and long-term continuing missions that provide data continuity for operational agencies. The incumbent will provide leadership for the management and coordination of NASA's systematic Earth observation missions, projects and mission office within the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) as well as reimbursable projects assigned to the Reimbursable Projects Program.

The incumbent will be responsible for managing mission studies, formulation activities, and instrument development activities for non-GSFC projects. In managing these diverse Earth observing missions, the incumbent will deal directly and authoritatively with contractors, other NASA centers, the international community and other elements of GSFC. The incumbent will report administratively to the Director of Flight Projects and programmatically to the Director of the Earth Sciences Division as well as the Director of the Joint Agency Satellite Division within the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.

Specifically, the AD for Earth Science Projects Division is responsible for:

-Developing and executing Directorate policies, plans, and procedures for the Earth Science Projects Division activities.

-Planning and establishing goals, objectives, and management strategies for project budgetary requirements and plans for spacecraft, instruments, software and other complex technical equipment and services. Negotiating plans with contractors, Center elements, NASA Headquarters, other United States agencies, and foreign governments.

-Directing all activities associated with the design, development, integration, testing, calibration, launch and operations of Earth Science instruments, missions and projects.

-Coordinating project requirements to assure operational requirements and international agreements are met and assuring strong engineering approach is taken for all missions.

-Directing project field activities relating to the launch of the Earth Science projects; assuring integration of satellite and launch vehicle scheduling; responsible for the technical compatibility between the satellite and launch vehicle and for the launch vehicle meeting project requirements; determining the services and facilities required including the need for additional equipment and operating procedures, etc; assuring that projects are in a state of readiness for launch.

-Controlling the expenditure of Earth Science to assure that fiscal accountability is maintained and that funds are properly expended.

-Develops, implements, and maintains the Earth Science Projects Division functional responsibilities to assure timeliness of performance, cost efficiency, and continued attention toward improvements in efficiency and productivity. Also, establishes and maintains a good working
relationship with other NASA Centers and NASA Headquarters through detailed program coordination to identify areas of common development and to monitor progress.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • The individual selected will be required to file an 'Executive Branch Personnel Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • Initial Senior Executive Service (SES) Career appointee is subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment and random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must have the skill and ability to perform the duties described above as demonstrated by progressively responsible supervisory/leadership experience, normally obtained over several years by serving in positions at the GS-15 level or equivalent.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) and Mandatory Technical Qualification (MTQ) separately. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. We recommend you provide two (2) examples of relevant experience for each ECQ. Responses to ALL ECQs must not exceed ten (10) pages; MTQ responses must not exceed one (1) page per MTQ. Please include your full name on all documents submitted.

If you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program and been certified by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) you MUST address the MTQs, but do not need to address the ECQs.

When preparing your responses to the ECQs and MTQs, you are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualification and NASA's Guide to Effectively Preparing Executive Core Qualifications . For a sample template on how to format your ECQ narrative visit NASA's Executive Leadership Opportunities .


ECQ 1 - Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: 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.


MTQ 1- Extensive experience in planning and establishing goals, objectives, and management strategies for project budgetary requirements and plans for spacecraft, instruments, software and other complex technical equipment and services including negotiating plans with contractors, field center elements, Headquarters, other United States agencies, and foreign government.

MTQ 2- Demonstrated experience controlling cost and schedule performance on large spaceflight development projects to assure that fiscal accountability is maintained and that funds are properly expended.


This position has a positive education requirement. To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, and college/university.

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.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here .

Additional information

This announcement was extended to clarify the hiring paths.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the ECQs and MTQs. Your application will then be referred to and evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel (ERP) and will be placed in one of the following categories: Not Qualified, Qualified, or Highly-qualified. Candidates may receive an interview and/or be asked to provide a list of references. The ERP will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package. If you do not provide all required information, you will not be considered for this position. Only provide the following:

1. Resume showing relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry. Limit your resume to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

2. Executive Core Qualifications narrative responses, if applicable. Limit your response to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications narrative responses. Limit your response to 1 page per MTQ. If more than 1 page per MTQ is submitted, only the first pages for each MTQ will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

You may be asked to provide additional documentation to support your eligibility and the information provided in your application package. For example, we may request transcripts, SF-50s, SES Candidate Development Program certificate, etc. Therefore, we encourage you to have these documents prepared and ready when requested by the agency. 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.

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