Deputy Director for Intelligent Flight Systems

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Hampton, Virginia
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

This position reports to the Director of Langley's Research Directorate. The Deputy Director for Intelligent Flight Systems:

- Teams with the Director of the Research Directorate and Deputy Directors to ensure integrated strategy, business development, and execution.

- Collaborates and negotiates with other Agency/Center organizations to meet Center commitments and to develop future research and technology capabilities.

- Leads development of the Center technical capabilities strategy for IFS, including workforce, infrastructure, and portfolio strategic plans that are aligned with Center/Agency goals.

- Participates in integrated strategic planning, incorporating Center and Agency Capability Leadership strategies.

- Leads integrated new business development for IFS in partnership with other technical capabilities, aligned with Center/Agency strategy.

- Promotes/facilitates interdisciplinary internal/external teaming to develop breakthrough concept-to-flight solutions.

- Serves as primary interface for coordination, collaboration, and advocacy for the Center for IFS with NASA programs and other government agencies.

- Approves formal and informal proposals for new work for IFS technical capability areas.

- Leads delivery of IFS project milestones, ensuring Research Directorate personnel, infrastructure, and processes meet technical excellence and safety standards.


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.
  • Please see the Additional Information section for important information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal employees.


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 . 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 - Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, directing, and managing a research organization, with multiple government or community stakeholders, including developing programs within the framework of financial, schedule, and policy constraints and involving traditional and non-traditional partnerships (e.g. government, academia, private industry, etc.). Particular emphasis will be on experience on integrating technologies across aviation and aerospace systems.

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in leading complex research efforts and/or research portfolios, in either government, industry, or academia. Particular emphasis on leadership experience that spans foundational research, applied research and technology development, and/or technology demonstration/maturation. Experience also includes all phases of research project development such as initiation, planning (setting 5/10 year goals), advocacy, execution/monitoring and closing.


This position has a positive education requirement. 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.

To be eligible, you must clearly state in your resume the following: degree, major and/or minor, and college/university.

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

**Announcement amended to update salary.**
**This announcement has been extended. New close date 1/17/22.**

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.

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