This position reports to the NASA Associate Administrator. The Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate:
- Leads overall research and scientific discovery on international and national levels on behalf of the United States and NASA.
- Partners with governmental, congressional, international, national, academia, and industry stakeholders to drive and enable scientific research and discovery. Leads and actively engages with stakeholders to deepen scientific understanding of our planet, other planets and solar system bodies, the interplanetary environment, the Sun and its effects on the solar system, and the universe beyond.
- Sets the strategic direction that further advances NASA's missions and enables scientific research and discovery. Leads, directs, manages, and evaluates a portfolio of research and science programs that enable research and scientific discovery across multiple scientific disciplines, including Earth Science, Planetary Science, Biological/Physical Sciences, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics.
- Formulates, directs, and manages a budget and portfolio of approximately $8 billion and directs a blended workforce of 400+ civil servants and support service contractors and supports tens of thousands of community members nationally.
- Fosters and continually drives a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence, and innovation within and outside of NASA. Champions the Agency's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and creates an environment and culture that promotes and enables the Agency's commitment to Safety, Inclusion, Integrity, Teamwork, and Excellence.
- Through partnerships with government, for profit and not-for-profit partners, actively and aggressively translates science discoveries in Earth Science, and across the Science Mission Directorate towards protecting and improving life on Earth and in space as well as other benefits to humanity.
- Leads the overall planning, direction, and effective management of NASA programs concerned with the scientific exploration of the Earth, Moon, Mars and beyond, including charting the best route of discovery and reaping the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society.
- Manages and sponsors innovative research programs, flight missions, advanced technology development, and related activities required to: expand our understanding of the Earth and the Sun, and the Sun's effect on the solar system environments; explore the solar system with robots to study its origins and evolution including the origins of life within it, bringing the lessons of our study of Earth to the exploration of the solar system and vice versa; and explore the universe from the search for planets and life in other solar systems to the origin, evolution, and destiny of the universe itself.
- Plans, directs, executes, and evaluates programs, projects and research activities required to respond to national needs in scientific exploration endeavors. Formulates and implements Science Mission strategies as part of an implementation of the NASA Strategic Plan.
- Serves as a key member in providing recommendations and decisions on Agency councils, Program Reviews, Flight Readiness Reviews, etc.
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 submit a resume and in a separate document address the MTQs. Any ECQs submitted will not be considered. Your resume must clearly state that you are a current career SES, eligible for reinstatement, or SES CDP certified and year of certification.
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.
EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:
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.
MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION:
MTQ 1- Demonstrated strategic leadership and proven ability to lead a complex, technical organization responsible for a portfolio of research and scientific programs that drive significant scientific discovery efforts.
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 science, physical science, life sciences, engineering, mathematics, computer science, or other field of science. A Ph.D. is preferred.
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.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.
A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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.
We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your application will be evaluated based on your narrative statements addressing the ECQs and MTQ. Your application may then be referred to and evaluated by an Executive Resources Panel (ERP) and will be placed in one of the following categories: Not Qualified, Qualified, or Highly-qualified. Candidates may receive an interview and/or be asked to provide a list of references. The ERP will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.