This position reports to the Director, Flight Operations Directorate. The Chief, Mission Systems Division:

  • Is responsible for the leadership, management, technical, and budget for the NASA Mission Control Center (MCC) which includes the specific hardware/software platform infrastructure for NASA's core human spaceflight real-time vehicle command capability, telemetry processing/display, spacecraft communications, and software applications, all of which support multiple flight control ground teams that monitor and/or control spacecraft for all NASA human space flight Programs to provide crew safety, vehicle safety, and accomplish the mission objectives. This includes responsibility for the ground segment command and control and network integration for international partners, commercial partners, visiting vehicles for the ISS, commercial LEO, Artemis, and new flight programs.
  • Is responsible for leadership, management, technical, and budget for design and development, integration, testing and verification, sustaining engineering, logistics and maintenance of all aspects for the human space flight MCC Systems, Training/Simulator Systems, and Space Vehicle Mockup Systems and Facilities, and cyber.
  • Is responsible for the strategic future vision for Mission Control, Training Systems, and Vehicle Mockups via assessments and tradeoff studies of new technology concepts to increase capability for both NASA and Commercial coupled with reduced cost.
  • Is responsible for the development of Division personnel which includes leadership growth opportunities and increased responsibilities consistent with growing skill sets conducive for leadership opportunities across the Flight Operations Directorate, Johnson Space Center (JSC), and Agency portfolio and promotes and fosters an inclusive work environment where employees are valued and respected for their individual and cultural differences.
  • Serves as Chair of the Mission Systems Division Change Control Board which provides configuration management of baseline development project requirements, schedules, and budgets.
  • Provides Agency leadership on the Mission Operations Capabilities Team which has membership from NASA field centers to identify and close gaps in functionality among control centers.
  • Collaborates with senior leaders across JSC to evaluate mission systems performance and risks including fostering alliances with NASA Headquarters, NASA field centers, other government agencies, international partners, and industry in support of mission systems engineering projects that impact human space flight operations.


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 program/project leadership (planning, scheduling, communication, and management of technical requirements, implementation, and verification), including the systems engineering design process and analysis tools, and the systems integration verification and validation for human space flight simulations, testing, and real time mission support.

MTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in command and control software system architecture to include mass storage design, fault tolerance capabilities, and cyber security techniques in support of human spaceflight simulations, testing, and real time mission support.


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.

Read more

  • Benefits


    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.

    Review our 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.

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.

NASA logo
$183.529k - $196.022k
United States, Houston, Texas
Posted 8d ago
If you can, mention you found the job on Rocket Crew, it helps us get more companies to post here, thanks!
Tired of sending resumes?
Create a Talent profile and let companies reach out to you
Create Profile
๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ Want to find your dream job in the Space industry?
Get a weekly email of the best New Space jobs!