๐ŸŒŒ Deputy Director, Flight Operations Directorate

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Incumbent serves as Deputy Director, Flight Operations Directorate (FOD), with responsibility for providing overall direction to and management of the Center's human space flight operations activities in partnership with the Director. Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for assisting the FOD Director in:

  • Leadership and safety of FOD which includes astronauts, flight control team, training, software engineers, aircraft operations, and management of budget for multiple procurements.
  • Providing planning, mission development design and training, and real-time flight operations to the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew, Commercial Low Earth Orbit, Human Landing System, Surface Operations, Artemis, and other human space flight enterprise/programs.
  • Providing flight crew technical input into spacecraft development and operations by assigning crew members to technical specialty areas.
  • Participating in the astronaut selection board and process.
  • Management of the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Aviation Safety Office which manages the aviation safety program for JSC, including ground and in-flight safety, and provides advice to NASA Headquarters executive leadership on aviation safety issues.
  • Overseeing requirement development and vehicle integration testing of future spaceflight program components and provides support of key spacecraft checkout tests and equipment interface verifications.
  • Providing support to Center and Agency stakeholders in implementing exploration strategy and leading the Directorate in the identification and pursuit of technologies to support future Directorate needs.
  • Evaluating standards of contractor performance and may serve as Chair on Performance Evaluation Boards for Directorate specific contracts
  • Responsible for the development of Directorate personnel which includes leadership growth opportunities and increased responsibilities consistent with growing skill sets conducive for leadership opportunities across the FOD/JSC/NASA portfolio and promotes and fosters an inclusive work environment where employees are valued and respected for their individual and cultural differences.


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 leading and managing one or more of the following areas: integration of ground team; flight operations with an onboard crew; mission systems command and control; aircraft operations; and/or spacecraft capabilities required for the support of current/future flight operations (ex. crew/vehicle safety, requirements development/verification, pre-flight design/planning, development of integrated procedures/rules, mission execution).

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience developing and implementing flight mission strategies, resource management solutions, and plans and policies within a large multi-discipline organization to ensure alignment with strategic priorities for the agency. This includes collaborating across organizational boundaries to achieve mission success and building productive teams and internal and external partnerships.


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/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.

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  • Benefits


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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.

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$196.023k - $202.085k
United States, Houston, Texas
Posted 8d ago
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