Deputy Manager, Human Exploration Development and Operations Office

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This position reports to the Manager, Human Exploration Development and Operations (HEDO) Office. The Deputy Manager, Human Exploration Development and Operations Office:

- Manages assigned programs, projects, and activities in support of NASA's human exploration objectives such as the development and formulation of habitation systems, support to the Gateway Program and Orion Project, engineering support to NASA's commercial human space flight endeavors and development of new cislunar systems. This includes managing Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) exploration tasks in support of other NASA Centers as well as maintaining executive and working level interfaces with human exploration customers.

- Manages development, operations, integration, sustaining engineering, and maintenance of Life Support Systems (LSS) for the International Space Station (ISS) leading to a cislunar LSS capability. Provides strategic and tactical leadership in formulating planning and teaming with other NASA Centers to achieve the cislunar system LSS development.

- Manages assigned programs, projects, and activities in support of NASA's utilization goals and objectives, such as ISS and Gateway Payload Facility development, operation, integration, and maintenance.

- Manages development of mission operations for flight and ground systems; planning and preparation of mission operations; implementation of mission support systems; and conduct of ground and flight operations. This includes providing key programmatic leadership to the ISS Program through the MSFC ISS Operations Cost Account Manager as well as managing and sustaining the Payload Operations and Integration capability within MSFC.

- Formulates new projects, concepts, and work plans to advance NASA's utilization goals for low earth orbit, cislunar space, and beyond.

- Develops, implements, and maintains strategic external partnerships consistent with the Agency's vision and MSFC's mission. These opportunities include commercial, other government agencies, academia, and international partners.

- Maintains executive-level interfaces with external customers and formulates, structures, and manages projects and tasks as needed to deliver products to partners.

- Partners with internal entities to identify opportunities to support NASA's human exploration objectives and external partners.

- As a recognized expert in the field of aerospace flight systems, serves as programmatic and technical advisor to the Center Director, other Agency officials, and senior managers across a wide spectrum of industrial and governmental institutions and international partners.

- Represents the HEDO Office on Agency actions, special studies, governmental audits, independent assessments and reviews, and meeting other performance reporting requirements. Also serves as chair or member of various panels, participates in conferences and working groups, and serves on technical committees as assigned.


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.


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.


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 leading and managing human spaceflight systems and/or aerospace flight systems, including the science and engineering activities of a multi-disciplined, highly sophisticated technical organization.

MTQ 2- Demonstrated experience in all phases of new project formulation, including the planning, budgeting, scheduling, engineering design, development, integration, and testing for new human exploration projects.


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

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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 MTQs. 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.


$176.301k - $188.301k

United States, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Posted 6d ago

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