Chief Technologist Science Mission Directorate

Washington, D.C
Nov 26, 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Chief Technologist Science Mission Directorate:

- Ensures technology investments strategies are aligned with SMD initiatives and in context of the science goal set in the decadal surveys.

- Articulates and champions technology needs among senior executives in the Agency.

- Interfaces with NASA Centers providing direct support to SMD.

- Serves as an advocate within SMD for technological innovation and new paradigms enabled by emerging technologies.

- Provides and supports investment strategies for SMD's technology portfolio.

- Serves as principal point of contact with the NASA Off ice of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS), the Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE), the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), and external government entities.

- Interfaces and interacts with the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), the Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), and representatives from the NASA Centers.

- Provides technical, programmatic, and budgetary guidance in the execution of new technology and commercialization activities of SMD.

- Collaborates and leverages technology investments with the Agency's mission directorates as well as other institutions and agencies, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the White House.


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.


Candidates must be a recognized subject matter expert with at least 1 year of directly related experience equivalent to the GS-15 level in managing and coordinating with complex external organizations and stakeholder interests regarding program and project planning and decision making for technology efforts and strategies, as well as program/project management experience with managing and overseeing the design, development, test-evaluation, and implementation of technology developments.

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. Please cite experience directly related to the specialized experience requirements (outlined above) when addressing the SL evaluation criteria #2 (Technical Excellence and Contributions) and SL evaluation criteria #5 (Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills). 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, 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.

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