Deputy Director Research Directorate

Hampton, Virginia
Jan 20, 2022
Jan 25, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

This position reports to the Directorate of the Research Directorate. The Deputy Director Research Directorate:

- Partners with the Director, Research Directorate, to lead and manage all aspects of the Directorate to be responsive to mission needs, which includes identifying user and funder needs, ensuring branch heads and researchers develop a working environment where world-class research projects can be brought from concept to successful conclusion and capabilities are strategically aligned to support Center and Agency needs.

- Oversees and works across Directorate leadership to ensure the development of strategically selected areas of expertise needed to support programs and build future capabilities, programs, and elements aligned with NASA mission needs.

- Leads business development to maintain and build market intelligence, technical intelligence, and competitive intelligence to identify high impact opportunities for the Directorate and Center; establish the desired balance of technology development work across technology readiness levels to support Center capabilities; and ensure high quality execution of funded program and project elements.

- Establishes the desired balance of technology development work across technology readiness levels to support Center capabilities; defining long range goals and measures; strengthening existing partnerships and establishing new partnerships critical for success, including cultivating and nurturing relationships with other NASA centers as well as Langley directorates to jointly provide services to NASA's missions.

- Serves as chair or member of various Agency and/or Center boards, panels, working groups, and/or committees as needed or requested.

- Develops, maintains, and promotes the use of a lessons-learned knowledge capture system.

- Represents the Director in the Center Leadership Council as needed.


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.).

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in leading complex, multidisciplinary research efforts and/or research portfolios, either in government, industry, or academia. Particular emphasis on leadership experience that spans foundational research, applied research and technology development, and technology demonstration/maturation, as well as all phases of research project development including solution creation, program planning, advocacy, and execution. This includes advanced strategic planning towards 5, 10, and 20-year goals along with current state assessment and monitoring progress.


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

**Announcement amended to update salary.**
**This announcement has been extended. New close date 1/24/22.**

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.