The Chief Safety Officer, Space Launch System Program:

  • Establishes the overall SMA policy and requirements for the SLS Program.
  • Provides top-level program guidance on safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality assurance processes and activities for each program phase, including design, development, launch operations, flight, and return.
  • Reviews the implementation of SMA activities within NASA and contractor Program activities.
  • Develops top-level SMA requirements for SLS Program hardware and software systems.
  • Manages budget and schedule and the complement of SMA personnel assigned to the program, matrixing these personnel to appropriate teams.
  • Provides oversight and guidance to the SMA team members in implementing design or operational requirements, reviewing contractor submittals, identifying SMA concerns, and proposing potential solutions to identified concerns.
  • Provides oversight of program-wide implementation of assurance criteria and risk strategies and works closely with program line managers during all phases of the development and operations life cycle to tailor assurance requirements to the level of risk.
  • Manages the review of safety and hazard analyses, failure modes and effects analysis, and critical items lists.
  • Leads activities that require the integration of multiple technical disciplines, multiple system architectures, and/or multiple organizations, and leads the formulation of the SMA Directorate position on specific issues of high technical or safety and mission assurance risk.
  • Provides authoritative project decisions, programmatic advice, and consultation to the SMA Directorate on variables and unknowns affecting planning, coordination, and critical engineering problems with respect to safety, costs, and project performance.


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.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of random drug screening may be required.
  • Must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Candidates must possess broad engineering expertise at least 1 year of which is in positions at or comparable to the GS-15 level and must be a recognized subject matter expert in safety, reliability, and quality assurance of the design, development, test, evaluation and operations of human-rated launch vehicles. Candidate must have demonstrated experience in technical collaboration, partnering, and effective teamwork to balance safety critical requirements with stakeholder and program affordability objectives without creating unacceptable increase in risk or compromise to safety.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement, or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you MUST address each Senior Level (SL) Evaluation Criteria separately not to exceed a total of ten (10) pages. If you fail to do so, your application will be rated ineligible. Please cite experience directly related to the specialized experience requirements (outlined above) when addressing the SL evaluation criteria #2 (Technical Excellence and Contributions) and SL evaluation criteria #5 (Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills). For the full definition of the SL Evaluation Criteria and Process please click here. Please include your full name on all documents submitted.


1. Education Level and Training

2. Technical Excellence and Contributions
a. Experience/Accomplishments
b. Technical and Strategic Problem Solving
c. Information Transfer

**3. Awards and Recognition

4. Outside Professional Activities

5. Corporate Cooperation and Technical Leadership Skills**


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.

Applicants that meet minimum eligibility requirements outlined in the Qualifications and Education (if applicable) sections of the vacancy announcement will be referred to a panel of subject matter experts for further evaluation. The panel reviews the resumes and responses to the SL evaluation criteria as related to the specialized experience for this position. The panel evaluates the candidates' experience against each SL criterion. Candidates may receive an interview for further evaluation and/or be asked to provide a list of references. The panel will make a recommendation to the appropriate approving authority.

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$141.022k - $202.085k
United States, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
Posted 2 months ago
Job offer closed
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