Chief Engineer for Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA Engineering & Safety Center

Greenbelt, Maryland
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 27, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time


The NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) provides a central location to coordinate and conduct independent engineering and safety assessments for NASA's high-risk programs. It performs independent in-depth technical assessments; conducts independent engineering and safety and mission assurance trend analysis; conducts independent systems engineering analysis; facilitates or leads selected mishap investigations; and supports major programs or institutions in the resolution of technical issues.
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The Chief Engineer for Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA Engineering & Safety Center:

- Is assigned to the NESC at Langley Research Center but resides at the program site at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

- Provides the NESC with technical insight into NASA's programs.

- Evaluates programs' technical decisions and rationale in order to notify the NESC when an independent assessment is warranted or requested by the respective programs or institutional engineering.

- Depending on the size and breadth of a program, utilizes engineering support from other program sites.

- Fosters regular, open communication with programs' Safety and Mission Assurance and Engineering communities.

- Stays abreast of all issues and supports parent programs and/or institutions.

- Serves as a non-voting member of his/her respective programs' technical review boards with authority to request action from the program/board.

- Serves as a voting member of the NESC Review Board.

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.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of random drug screening may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must be a recognized subject matter expert with at least 1 year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-15 level.

Specialized Experience: The incumbent must possess broad engineering and safety expertise and experience sufficient to provide the NESC with in-depth technical insight into NASA's programs, to evaluate the programs' technical decisions and rationale, and to determine when an independent assessment is warranted. Additionally, the incumbent must possess senior-level leadership capabilities sufficient to lead and foster open communication. NASA programs include but are not limited to: International Space Station, Commercial Crew, Space Launch System, Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, James Webb Space Telescope, and Mars Exploration.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement, or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Senior Level (SL) Evaluation Criteria separately not to exceed a total of ten (10) pages. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. Where applicable, please cite experience directly related to the specialized experience requirements outlined above. For the full definition of the SL Evaluation Criteria and Process please click here. Please include your full name on all documents submitted.


1. Education Level and Training

2. Technical Excellence and Contributions
a. Experience/Accomplishments
b. Technical and Strategic Problem Solving
c. Information Transfer

3. Awards and Recognition

4. Outside Professional Activities

5. Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills


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

The selectee receives a temporary promotion and serves for a period of 3 to 5 years. Upon conclusion of the temporary promotion, the selectee will then return to an appropriate position at a grade level no lower than the grade previously held. This temporary promotion may be converted to a permanent appointment without further competition. This temporary promotion may be terminated at any time.

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.

Applicants that meet minimum eligibility requirements outlined in the Qualifications and Education (if applicable) sections of the vacancy announcement will be referred to a panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation. The panel reviews the resume and responses provided to the SL Evaluation Criteria, which are standard for all NASA SL opportunities, as outlined above. The panel evaluates the candidates' experience against each criteria and determines which candidates will be interviewed. The panel will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate 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. SL Evaluation Criteria narrative responses. Limit your responses to 10 pages. If more than 10 pages are submitted, only the first 10 pages 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, 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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