Flight Projects Development Program (AST, Technical Engineer Operations Management)

Greenbelt, Maryland
Dec 05, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
Full Time

  • Provide insight into the development and management of policies, procedures, and operational schedules necessary for new engineering systems and functions.
  • Maintain surveillance of schedule milestones for all project systems and all activities within or outside NASA which may affect the programmed costs, acceptance, or completion date of the project.
  • Recognize management and business problems that arise in the development of complex space flight systems and devise and execute effective solutions to these problems.
  • Prepare ad hoc technical analyses and recommendations.
  • Participate in project, program or NASA Headquarters initiatives and analysis to develop major budget options and plans which will meet program and project objectives.
  • Assist the Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager/Resources with interpretation of budget guidance and guidelines.
  • Assure proficiency and compliance with the provisions of contracts by reviewing and verifying the performance of work by the contractor.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • Selectees will be required to sign a continued service agreement.
  • Selectees will be laterally reassigned. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be reassigned to positions with a full-performance level of GS-15.
  • Participants will spend up to 25 percent of their time engaged in formal core curriculum training, in addition to gaining work experience in this full time position.
  • Please see the "Additional Information" section for important information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees.


In addition to the basic education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience described below, which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

To qualify for the Flight Projects Development Program, you must have been competitively selected and currently serving at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level providing leadership in and communicating technical information about aerospace designs, development, planning and analyses for project resources, objectives budget and schedule.

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


You must have successfully completed a bachelor's or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science*, or other field of physical science.
*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.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to http://www.abet.org.

Degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the Unites States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/.

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ .

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: 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, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. We will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

Due to COVID-19, NASA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.

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. To be eligible, you must have been competitively selected and currently serving at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade level. Please submit your SF-50 that reflects your competitive selection or career promotion (i.e. not temporary promotion), with your current title, series, and grade level. If your eligibility cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible. Please see Required Documents for additional information.

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 questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
- Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. Candidates rated in the 'Best Qualified' category are considered well-qualified. Please see 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for more information.
- Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https:// www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility (http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/hclwp/term-appointments.htm) under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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